Your Memories of the USC/ND Game? SColdtimer Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 33 Likes Received: 119 Jul 11, 2017 #1 My step grandpa was born in 1900, so he saw USC grow into a national power in football in the 1920's. He was 26 years old when he saw USC lose to ND 13-12 in 1926. Knute Rockne called the contest, "The greatest football game I ever saw." From 1928-1932 USC and ND won 5 straight NCs. When my dad came back from WW II ND was on a roll. The Irish won 5 championships in the 1940's in what was called the, "Golden Age of CFB." So many great players came back after the war that rosters were loaded with mature and experienced football players. My dad and grandfather saw the game in 1947 where there were 104 thousand fans at the Coliseum. But the 1948 14-14 tie was one of my grandpa's favorite games. I remember the 1960 and 1961 games against ND. These were John McKay's first two years as head coach. ND had lost 8 straight games coming in the game in 1960 and shutout USC 17-0. In 1961 ND killed USC 30-0, and USC couldn't make an inch running the ball. I didn't see a big year coming in 1962. I just couldn't. USC had recruited RB Willie Brown out of Long Beach Poly. He was the best HS football player I had ever seen. But running in USC's offense was a big question mark. Willie Brown was a runner who needed to get the football in space. There were 26,000 for USC's opener against Duke in 1962. I was hoping, my grandpa was believing. McKay installed the I formation at USC. His first two years at USC he was recruiting skill and speed, and he was learning. The school McKay went to those two years colors were not cardinal and gold, they were black and blue. But McKay was a learned and an innovator. He had a football IQ that was off the charts. And he put a great staff together. USC beat ND 25-0. They won the Rose Bowl in a story book season for me.