Western Michigan gave No. 4 USC all they could handle, keeping pace with the Trojans going into the fourth quarter. USC put the game away on a pick six by Marvell Tell III with 3:23 remaining in the contest, setting up a heartfelt moment for the home team.
Long-snapper Jake Olson, who was born with retinoblastoma (a cancer of the retina) and had to have both of his eyes surgically removed by the age of 12, made his first career appearance for the Trojans, coming into the game to snap for the extra point.
Olson nailed the snap, and the Trojans hit the extra point to give them a 49-31 lead.
According to USC’s weekly game notes, the team keeps Olson from any contact in drills to prevent injury. He did, however, participate in USC’s spring game back in April.
As a California native, Olson had always been a Trojans …