They then scored on their first offensive play, a 71-yard pass play to guess who? Yeah, Lee rose from the disabled list to break free on a pick play and found himself wide open at the 25-yard line, where he caught Cody Kessler's pass and sprinted happily home.
Lee had his most dazzling game of an injury-dulled season, catching five balls for 105 yards and that touchdown. He was so thrilled to have at least temporarily overcome his knee problems that he was the last Trojan to leave the field, as he shook hands and posed for photos with seemingly any fan who asked.
"This is the way the game should be played," Orgeron said.
The Trojans took an early 14-0 lead, two quick Sean Mannion passes made it 14-7, then suddenly the game was tied after Ryan Murphy picked off a wild pass from Kessler and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown with 9:29 remaining in the second quarter.
It was Trojans' moment of truth. Was this really a renewal?
The old-time USC folks will love what happened next, as offensive coordinator Clay Helton rolled out a plan that resulted in a 10-play drive that featured eight bruising running plays. The final 18 yards of the drive were covered by Allen for his second of three touchdowns, giving him five in the four games since Kiffin's firing.
The redshirt sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., had disappeared under the old regime, but was pulled out off mothballs in Orgeron's new culture that encourages new directions and different looks. You think he needs to keep getting those looks?
"We just wanted to fly around with a lot of energy," said safety Josh Shaw, who intercepted that second-quarter Mannion pass in the end zone.
With four games remaining in what was once considered a lost season, with the new Trojans having rediscovered the old Trojans, USC football is indeed again airborne.