WeAreSC Roundtable: Favorite USC football memory

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  2. Troy70

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    72 ND game at Coli with dorm mates. 73 Rose Bowl with dorm friends. 05 Orange Bowl with my son.
     
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    Well, there are too many to choose, but here are the two times I cried at games:
    1. when we beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl to win 2003 national title (I didn't know if we would win another one in my lifetime)
    2. when Jake came in the first time to snap an extra point vs. WMU
     
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    At 10 y/o feeling completely deflated watching the '74 Notre Dame game being down 24-0 and getting ribbed from my Catholic Fighting Irish fan neighbors in the hood. Anthony Davis and Company made me a USC Football fan for life in the second half.
     
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    Recent: Orange Bowl vs Okie.
    Old: 1980 Rose Bowl v OSU
     
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    This is the toughest of all the favorites to pick. Players were relatively easy compared to this. It's a tie among several plays I witnessed and a bunch I did not witness in SC lore. I loved Dominique Byrd's catch in the fog in Corvallis, Reggies full speed stutter step cut back against Fresno, obviously 4th &9 and the Bush Push, but I am going to nominate 4 plays in a row. Yes, that goal line stand against Cal. They embodied the grit and determination that is the Trojan spirit.

    I sincerely hope the hell I get the chance to witness some more for the list, but with only 30+ years left on this planet and the way we are going, idunno. Maybe what we should do is pick one from each coaching era as our favorites - Did Hackett ever create such a moment? Still too many to choose from Pete Carroll. Would Coach "O's" time count? etc. etc. etc.
     
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    My favorite USC football memory took place late in the fourth quarter of the 1974 Notre Dame game, where I was sitting in the middle of the student section. The Yell King had announced that Ohio State coach Woody Hayes was doing TV commentary in the broadcast booth on the opposite side of the Coliseum, so he wanted us to greet our old nemesis with an appropriate yell.

    By this time, the Trojans led the Domers 55-24. Since our next game would be against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, the Yell King told us to shout, "Woody, you're next!" I doubt that I ever heard a louder sound in the Coliseum.
     
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    No question.....the 74 ND-USC game. People were pissed at the score. ND was killing us in the first half. People were leaving the game in droves. We moved down and were sitting behind the freshman football team. Then lightning struck. We were behind 24-6 at the half. Opening the 2nd half AD ran for 102 yard kick off return to start. Within 17 minutes we score 49 points. People were coming back into the stadium once they realized what was going on. It was an absolute frenzy in the Coliseum. After the game we all went over to Julie's. The place was crazy. We were all pretty hammered by then. Richard Saukko brought the horse into Julie's and almost fell into the covered pool. It was a great time.
     
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    A couple

    1969 SC vs UCLA. Charlie Weaver lifting Dennis Dummit up off his feet and Sam Dickerson's catch in the corner of the end zone

    2004 SC vs UCLA Reggie Bush going 65 yards on opening drive (and doing his famous endzone flip)

    1967 SC vs UCLA Bill Hahoe's block of the extra point

    2017 Rose Bowl Boermeester's field goal to win the game
     
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    What constitutes a "memory"? For me, I'm limiting to a single play. Nothing I've seen on a sports field ever provoked an uncontrollable audible and physical reaction out of me like 4th and 9. I jumped so high I nearly bumped my head on the ceiling (I'm 5'8) while dropping loud f-bombs of happy-relief.
     
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    Arledge took that game, so I stayed away from it. I was at that game in the stands and 4th and 9 came right at us. We were in the endzone close to that sideline. I remember him catching the ball and I jumped, and I think I landed when he got tackled. I find it interesting how that play is so much more vivid in my memory than the Bush Push is. I really have no explanation for that.
     
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    Because after 4th and 9, storming the field then clearing out the fans, and setting up for the play, you just knew we were going to score and win -- it was destiny at that point.
     
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    An underrated one in my opinion (granted probably because I was a student then) - the 1987 game v ucla. They had Aikman, they were significantly favored (prob 6-8 its), top10 ranking etc. SC had just started hitting its stride fairly late in the season under 1st year coach Larry Smith. Well, ucla largely pummeled us in the 1st half up 10-0 but we got down to the roughly 3 yd line with maybe 5 seconds left. Rodney Peete forces one into the end zone, it is tipped and Eric Turner (future NFL DB) is racing for a back breaking TD, Rodney (who actually had a slower 40 time than Turner) somehow someway chases him down and tackles him at the 11 with no time left. Come back in the second half and just rocked the bruins. The final was 17-13 (the famed Affholter catch - which was absolutely a catch) always has the bruins crying about his catch but literally SC had AT LEAST 3 (and frankly I think it was 4) TDs called back on penalties in the game. Also, it was the first of two winner take all for the Rose Bowl matchups between SC and ucla ... in the end Rodney 2 - Troy Aikman 0. Great great day in the student section;')
     
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    I post with a heavy heart, as my dad, who got me interested in USC football back in 1967, passed away on July 3.
    He attended both USC and UCLA in the 50's. He loved USC and hated UCLA, so I grew up with the notion that USC was good and UCLA was bad.

    Nothing will surpass the 1974 comeback against ND, but not too far behind was the great gift UCLA handed USC in 1969, when Jimmy Jones threw an uncatchable pass on 4th down way over Ron Ayala's head. It should have been UCLA ball and game over with a 12-7 Bruin victory, but it was pass interference against UCLA.
    But back then there was no rule against pass interference for an uncatchable pass, so with a 2nd chance, USC hit Sam Dickerson in the corner of the end zone for a 14-12 Trojan win. The play happened in front of me, as the crowd went nuts.
     
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    Great memories. I recall leaving that game willing to vote the Bruin db Danny Graham the Heisman for the early hit over the middle.
     
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    Another fond memory took place toward the conclusion of the 2009 UCLA game. With a minute and a half to go in the fourth quarter, USC had the ball and a two-touchdown lead, so our quarterback Matt Barkley took a knee--and UCLA responded by calling a time-out. However, on the next play, instead of again taking a knee, Barkley faked a handoff and then tossed a 48-yard pass to Damian Williams for a touchdown, giving USC a 28-7 lead, which would be the final score.

    With that, the Bruin bench exploded in rage and the boys in baby blue began charging onto the field, but they were quickly brought under control. The LA Times accused the Trojans of "pouring it on" and whined that Barkley's touchdown bomb "took away some of the shine" from our valiant defensive effort. But in subsequent weeks, Trojan fans could be seen around the campus wearing buttons reading, "you say time-out, we say touchdown!"
     
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    2005 Orange Bowl. I'll never forget that night I went to an Indian Casino close to where I was stationed at in Fort Sill, OK to watch the game wearing my #5 Bush jersey and the entire t.v. room was filled with OU fans. As soon as I walked into the room they all started booing me and a couple of dudes threw empty beer cups at me. The game was still in the 1st qtr but it quickly got out of hand and all of those OU fuckers were silent the rest of the game. I've never felt more proud to be a California kid that night.
     
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    The entire BCS National Championship Game...USC beating Oklahoma 55 - 19!!!
     
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