Trojans Intercept Phony Tix

The recent college football game between USC and Ohio State at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum produced a “higher than normal” number of counterfeit tickets, officials said.

Online resellers moved tickets for the Sept. 13 game between the longtime rivals, both ranked in the Top 5, for as much as $400 each, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Nearly 150 phony tickets were confiscated at the gates, USC athletic director Steve Lopes told the paper.

These were high-tech copies, too.

“They had the hologram and bar code and everything,” said Christopher Martinez, who said he paid $950 for four seats and was turned away at the gate. “Then we bumped into some friends and the same thing happened to them.”