What was your single-most favorite USC victory ever?

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  1. GarryP

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    My first Rose Bowl and the game that clinched my SC fandom, and put Charles White forever at the top of my favorite Trojan player list.
     
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    55-19
     
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    Charles White was not to be denied at the end of that RB. Everyone in the stadium knew he was getting the ball time and again on that last drive, but they could not stop him. Garry, I’ll bet you also developed some affection for my HS teammate A. Munoz as well; a lot of those runs were on the left side.

    So so many great games, as others have mentioned. Oklahoma Orange Bowl, Michigan NC Rose Bowl, awesome. Autzen, Barkley, so much fun to see the bewildered hillbillies. Mike Williams making the Bruin DBs look like jr. High guys. Aaron Rogers Cal game, 4 downs to keep them out of the end zone to win- loudest Coli in memory, crazy loud in a stadium that doesn’t often get that way. Wasn’t at this one, but of course 55-24, probably the most epic and greatest, at least in my lifetime.

    But the most emotional one for me I think, and the first one I thought of, was the ‘96 defeat of the Irish that broke the 12 game winless drought.

    Those who were there cannot forget the cathartic postgame cheering in the Coli that seemed like it lasted for a half hour. Probably only 5-7 minutes, but we stayed for another half hour just to revel in sending Lou Holtz into retirement swallowing that bitter pill. IIRC, fans rushed the field, like Stanford game recently. Spectacular.

    That one was a long time coming.
     
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    1. 2005 BCS National Championship vs Oklahoma
    2. 2005 vs Norte Dame
    3. 2004 Rose Bowl vs Michigan
    4. 2008 vs Ohio State
    5. 2009 vs Ohio State/2017 Rose Bowl vs Penn State
     
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    1974 ....55-24
    2005.....55-19
    1975....17-16, Haden to Diggs for the 2-pt.conversion over Ohio St.....Rose Bowl insanity
     
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    2011 game at Autzen, because no one thought it would happen except for Lane and his team. And when it all was over, my wife and I looked at each other and said "wow, they did it". And the duck fans stood there in the stadium not knowing what had just happened.

    Not far behind is the Stanford game in '13 - win one for Coach O! Such an emotional release in the Coliseum that night!

    Honorable mention for 49-0 over Stanford in the Coliseum in '77, since it was the first USC game I ever saw in person. And didn't see another one that century.
     
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    1967
    USC 21 UCLA 20
    I was a freshman at the time and ran on the field as game ended
    Many think this was the most important game ever played in the series
    Will never forget the rally at Tommy Trojan the Monday after the game at lunch time
    I will take the memory of that game to my grave
     
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    It was one for the ages ..was near the 50 as well but in row 1
     
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    1) OU BCS game 2004
    2) Bush Push
    3) Rose Bowl 2017
    4) UCLA 1991(?) with the Johnny Morton helmet catch
     
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    So many memories, especially at the Coli. ND in ‘74 is certainly one of the most exciting and memorable. My top 2 were the Sam Cunningham game against Bama in ‘70, which brought a lot of respect to west coast football where we manhandled an excellent Bama team in their backyard. The ‘69 game against UGLY (Sam Dickerson) game. Game included the best play I ever witnessed which was the Charlie Weaver hit on Dummit. Those games were great examples of what I consider SC football to be. Hope we get back to that. Time will tell.
     
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    1974 ND
    2005 Orange Bowl vs Oklahoma
    2005 ND
    1975 Rose Bowl vs Ohio State
    1980 Rose Bowl vs Ohio State
     
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    Old enough to have seen most of those mentioned in person, and they were all great games & moments. But, I'd give my choice to the Carson Palmer Orange Bowl against Iowa. At the time we still weren't considered prime time and the media in Miami was fawning over Hawkeyes and how their big maulers were going to give Hollywood a lick'n we'd never seen. Early in the game their big AA LT had jumped on top of our much smaller LB Grootegoed and was just pummeling him underneath. One of out DLs runs over, picks this guy up and literally tosses him towards their bench. Superiority established! The look on their whole sideline was of total shock. Of course, we got the 15 yard penalty, but Carroll & Orgeron didn't seem to mind, they were too busy cracking up. That, and the disappearance of the Iowa fans by the 3rd quarter, made the whole trip worth it.
     
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    Ha! Hey Blem, didn’t think anyone would remember me, it has been awhile.
     
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    1966 USC beating Cal. It was my first game, just before my 10th birthday. Actual favorite game was the freshman game in the doubleheader. A family friend played d-line for Cal. Mike Holmgren was the USC fresh qb.
    My dad had attended USC from 47-50, but graduated from Cal. I became a Trojan that day. Holmgren became my first favorite Trojan, though he never lettered.
     
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    I’m going with 2017 Rose Bowl because of the pure excitement factor. Back and forth up and down the field with Saquon and Darnold. Burnett having a career day.

    USC’s defense coming up huge when it counted most. The Hutchings tackle, the McQuay interception...

    That building was rocking. And when that final kick sailed through the uprights... Bedlam. Pandemonium!

    Coming back the way we did was true “Fight On!” That game had it all!
     
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    1. 1974 55-24 game; I was there standing for the entire second half, with all the other SC fans, and watching the tears roll down Ara Parseighian's (sp) in his final game as ND coach.
    2. 1975 Rose Bowl Haden to McKay, then Haden to Diggs for the win and National Championship
    3. 2017 Rose Bowl: just a great exciting game
    4..... Every Trojan victory
     
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    Worst fans I've ever experienced, glad they got a head start on the long trip back to Iowa City.

    Will always remember Pete's line on the podium after the game "we're just getting started" and he was right.
     
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    Of the games I actually attended, the best was the 1974 USC-Notre Dame game. But runners-up include:

    The 1975 Rose Bowl. Ohio State led for most of the game, but Shelton Diggs, who was playing hurt, won the game by catching Pat Haden's pass for a two-point conversion.

    The 1978 Notre Dame game. After quarterback Paul McDonald got the team into field goal range, Frank Jordan kicked a three pointer to win the game. Watching that ball sail over the uprights was one of the most exciting moments of my life.

    The 1979 Cal game, in which we were behind for most of the game. We won 24-14, but the game was much closer than the score indicated. Our win, combined with Oregon State's upset win over Stanford that afternoon put us on the inside track to the Rose Bowl.

    The 1981 USC-UCLA game. Behind by one point, UCLA was driving toward the goal line late in the game when for some reason, they held a kaffeeklatsch on the USC 29 yard line. Then they tried for a field goal, but USC's George Achica blocked it--and knocked the Bruins out of the Rose Bowl as Cardinal and Gold held sway, 22-21.
     
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    Either the 1974 win over that college in Indiana or the game we finally ended their 12 or 13 game win streak over us. I can’t remember the year maybe late 90’s or early 2000’s
     
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    That was in 1996, and I was there. Yes, indeed, that was memorable.

    At the time, there was a joke going around about a dog who sat up and barked whenever Notre Dame beat USC, but no one knew how he reacted when USC won, and the dog was 13 years old By 1996, it seemed everyone had heard that joke.

    When the game ended, the guy sitting next to me--a stranger who had not spoken with me the whole game--turned to me and said, "the dog is dead."
     
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