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The tweets that told the story of USC’s crazy win over Arizona State

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For the first 57 minutes of Saturday’s game between the USC Trojans and the Arizona State Sun Devils, the pitchforks were out… and I’m not talking about the weapon used by Sparky, the Arizona State mascot.

This was not about #ForksUp. This was about the natives being angry in Los Angeles — not inside an empty Coliseum, but on social media.

You can imagine how #USCTwitter was, and how fiery your timeline might have become, as the Trojans continued to fail on fourth down, continued to get pushed around in the second half, continued to lose the battle at the line of scrimmage, continued to commit turnovers and continued to show little creativity or ingenuity on offense.

Arizona State shut out USC for the first 27 minutes of the second half, building a 27-14 lead with three minutes left. USC had just one timeout. Even if the Trojans scored, they needed to recover an onside kick to have any chance.

Twitter became a lion’s den of ferocious tweets about Clay Helton. These were appropriate, understandable, logical, normal reactions to a terrible performance in those first 57 minutes:

That was my timeline from the Trojans Wire Twitter account. I’m sure you had a similar experience if you follow USC journalists, commentators and fans.

Then came the final three minutes, when everything changed. Suddenly, THIS is what my timeline looked like:

USC never figured to have a chance to win the game, until that recovered onside kick. As soon as Drake London cradled that brilliant pass from Kedon Slovis on fourth-and-9, the USC timeline erupted.

#Pac12Before1pm, as it turned out, with the game ending just before that hour in the Coliseum.

What a remarkable way to start a season we knew would be weird… but THIS weird?

The capper to the day was this majestic tweet from a USC fan who picked up on the fact that the winning touchdown came on a fourth-and-9.

#USC IS UNSTOPPABLE IN GAME-DECIDING 4TH & 9 SITUATIONS.

What a Chef’s Kiss way to complete a winning day for a Trojan team that probably deserved to lose, but stole something and made off with the loot against Arizona State.

Twitter was a wild place to be on opening day for USC.

The USC Trojans were bad for 57 minutes and great for the final three minutes against Arizona State. Look at the tweets from the game.