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USC Conquest: Bruin Bear Burned By The Wayside

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The students came, they left, and they conquered the UCLA Bruins on McCarthy Quad Monday night for the 10th annual USC Conquest.

USC Concerts Committee

The Trojan marching band was playing, the Song Girls were dancing and students came out in large bunches to pile up the entire McCarthy Quad in anticipation for this weekend's Crosstown Showdown.

Heather McDonald, author of My Inappropriate Life, and Steve Rannazzisi from FX's The League played emcee for the occasion, but once the Spirit of Troy Marching Band came storming over from the Campus Center, the party really kicked off in grand fashion.

Before the DJ known as Joker took the stage to introduce the real celebrity, Jason Derulo (sporting a Marqise Lee jersey), USC Athletics celebrated 125 Years of Excellence by honoring its finest student-athletes on campus.

The swimming and diving, women's soccer, women's and men's volleyball and baseball programs were the first of the bunch to reach center stage and ask for support from the enthused student body.

Then came the crown jewel for the sake of this pep rally, the USC football program. Led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron along with quarterback Cody Kessler and linebacker Hayes Pullard, this large gathering of players was greeted by quite the heartfelt applause.

The players promised fans they would work hard this week in practice and in turn, expect the Coliseum to be loud and proud just like two weeks ago against Stanford.

The USC Concerts Committee made this years closing act quite the crowning achievement, sending everyone home with confidence to Fight On during this festive time of year before watching USC football.

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