Your Memories of the USC/ND Game?

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  1. Your Memories of the USC/ND Game?
    SColdtimer

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    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.
     
       
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    I've been to two that I can remember

    The first one was Carson Palmer heisman game. Wow what an experience. I didn't know I was going until about an hour before what a surprise by dad.

    2 was when romp dropped that bomb to lose the game

    God that was awful
     
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    I was a senior in HS in 1966 and thinking about USC. Needless to say, seeing that 1966 game was a mess. Coach McKay basically said, "Never again," and we went 12-2-2 for the next sixteen years. Of course, being in the stands for the 1974 and 2005 games gave me priceless memories.
     
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    Any win against ND is memorable. But 74 and 05 games were epic.
     
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    I've been to 26. 18 at the Coliseum, 8 in South Bend. My top 5:

    1974 - The Comeback
    1978 - The Field Goal
    1996 - The End of the Streak
    2005 - The Bush Push
    2007 - The Shut Out
     
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    1964 wasn't a bad one either and the first game my dad took me to.
     
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    1962 was a magic year all a round for me beating ND meant a lot to me that year.....I smiled a lot in 1962.......It was payback.....!
     
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    I was at that great one in 62, and every home game since.....AD in 72 and 74 were special....
     
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    I've been to 26 straight and my favorite memories are ending the streak in 96, the Bush Push and 3 straight 31 point victories during Pete's years.
     
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    62 was my first SC-ND game it was magical.. 64 was maybe most memorable as Rod Sherman went to Muir HS like me and my brother .. 74 once in a lifetime game .. 78 only Q4 comeback Montana ever lost college or pro.. 80 one of the greatest defensive performances in SC history .. I could go on but other games already highlighted..
    Addition Anthony Davis entering college hall of fame when it was in South Bend ..does not get much better
     
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    AD destroyed the domers. Matt L beating the domers in the rain at the Coli
     
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    I only remember the games USC won over the Domers.
     
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    The 1955 game was the first game that comes to mind. SC beat the Domers 42-20. I believe 901 has a great picture of Jon Arnett and C.R. Roberts in the locker room. As mentioned in other posts.....'64, '67, '72, '74 ,'78 and the "bush push" are other GREAT games.
     
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    I have been lucky enough to be at every USC vs ND home and away game since 1988.

    FIGHT ON!
     
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    My first was the 1948 14-14 tie. My dad was security at the game. He was a cop in the Valley and a member of the USC Frosh team in 1925. Mom was an Irish Catholic Nurse from the Midwest and therefore an avid ND fan. Needless to say there was much disagreement in our home. As I recall Leon Hart and Emil Sitko were the stars of the unbeaten ND team and Don Doll was one of the top Trojans in the game. Since I was only 9 at the time I don't recall all the facts. Having worked in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest most of my adult years before coming back to SoCal in 2001 I missed an awful lot of home USC/ND games over the years. But 1974 was my favorite even though I had to watch in on TV in Seattle.
     
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    One of my favorites was the year Carson Palmer locked up the Heisman with an assist from Polamalu on the take back interception.
     
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    The game that had the most lasting impression was the 1966 game. The Trojans lost 51-0. What really galled me was in the 4th qtr with time was running out(yes I was still in the stands with my father) Coley O'Brian was still throwing long bombs to Jim Seymore with the Irish trying to run up the score. The irish had tied Micnigan St 10-10 in the tie one for the gipper game and it was all about impressing the voters in the poles. Bear Bryant was harping about the lack on mannily virtues in south bend(his team was in the hunt for the national championship). The Irish did not play in bowls in those years so this was the last chance they had to impress the pole voters. I refer to Parshegian as the Armnian rug salesman to this day
     
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    I bet not too many of us remember this -- from the night before the 1927 game, at Palmer House, Chicago --

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    Left to right: Glenn "Pop" Warner, Stanford football coach, Babe Ruth (in the "ND" shirt), Knute Rockne, Christy Wahlsh (the sports agent of Ruth, Rockne, and Gehrig), Lou Gehrig (in the "SC" shirt), Howard Jones, and Yale footbal coach Tad Jones.​
     
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    I was at the streakbreaker. I've NEVER felt that way during a game, before or since. The coliseum was the loudest I've ever heard. We had LOST that game, and only clawed back to tie through some miraculous fumbles. The way that place erupted in overtime... it gives me chills to even remember it.

    The only game that ever made me feel anything similar was the Bush Push, but I wasn't at that game.
     
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    The 74 game is my favorite, with the 05 Bush Push right behind it. Another game I remember vividly is when we upset the Irish in 70, in the rain. A happy memory is sitting in the ND Stadium in 07 while we crushed them 38-0! A real experience, but not a happy memory was in 77, when ND came out in the green jerseys.
     
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    Interesting how this thread spins. I’m inclined towards the people with their own tradition … season ticket holders and alums … who have been to a ton of SC-ND games. Good (74, Bush Push etc.) with the bad (51-0, dropped pass, etc.). I was frozen late at night when we sent “Louie the Lisp” off with a defeat and broke the streak. Sure I was there for 72 and 74 … the first green jerseys … and also for 51-0 and the dropped pass (Rojo?). Have to love a story (or urban legend) about McKay telling his team “Don’t worry … half a million Chinese people don’t know the score” … and getting multiple letters from Chinese alums? I was there when it was freezing late at night and when it was pouring rain. one game started with rain at kickoff … secured a couple of trash bags for ponchos and standing the whole time right behind the TMB. Guess it all adds like those who studied Viet Nam, Korean wars and those who served? (lol).

    FWIW … I’m especially fond of games where we won with questionable plays, so called “lucky breaks” like that late nighter against Lou. Another time, our TB sailing into the end zone for a score … without the ball? Bush Push was like taking cake out of a child’s mouth. Hard to choose that over ’74 where they appeared to own us at the beginning. Love Ara whining about the smog when Regis interviewed him on the Coli turf Sunday (if my memory is correct). Loved that he was an Armenian – Presbyterian hired at a Catholic school.

    I’m wondering if there is a true … consensus story … about how the series really got started. I’ve heard a lot of angles, pieces, and spins. Interesting series that seems to have an unusual amount of streaks to it. We were really catching up until Lou came along. Our home streak is cool … the SBend not so. My experience is that the ND folks are great and hospitable in SBend … especially as you get closer to the tailgaters near the stadium. Can’t forget the time change from Chicago to SBend which almost can cost you to be late. In LA there’s more wannabes who just got off the graveyard shift, haven’t sobered up, and like to start fights. I do remember my first game, where half the coli seemed to stand up with the first big ND play … and me saying to my dad, “Hey! This ain’t Indiana. And having him say “ND is never the visiting team wherever they play” Although my dad wasn’t an alum … he probably represented the typical LA opinion that the ND game was far bigger than the UCLA game. At the end of the season, I always believe I’m at a bigger game when ND comes vs. UCLA.

    Just MHO … I’m part of 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] generation … but I don’t think of my experience as including games my parents went to before me or when I was a toddler and I’m not sure I knew where I was. OTOH maybe I missed something …

    Keep preachin’ OT!
     
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    For my memory of Notre Dame games I cannot get past the last one when Ced Ware was cold cocked helmet to helmet. When it was reviewed the ND player that did it was ejected.
    But the ND sidelines cheered him after he was kicked out... and he was smiling as he was being escorted out.
    But worst part of that game was Tillery of ND who when walking by Ced, who was out cold on the ground, sort of kicked him in the helmet. After that there was Tillery purposefully looking down at a prone Zack Banner and stepping on his foot.

    Just sick sportsmanship

    As a side note I looked all over the net trying to find a picture of Ron Cherry's shiner (which he had to have) but never found one :(
     
  24. SColdtimer

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    In 1955 Disneyland opened in July and Gunsmoke debuted on TV. The Mickey Mouse Club started in October and the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World series. Rebel without a Cause played at the Art on 4th Street in Long Beach.

    ND was 8-1 coming into the 1955 USC game and ranked 5th. USC had lost three straight to Minnesota, Stanford and UCLA. Marv Goux was the captain of the Trojans. Jess Hill was in his 5th year of coaching and Terry Brennan his 2nd. Almost 95,000 were at the Coliseum.

    USC won 42-20 and everyone thought Arnett would win the Heisman in 1956. He averaged almost 18 yards a punt return.

    Then In January of 1956 the PCC scandal hit. It was pretty tough for USC until 1962.
     
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    1974 was the BEST!!!

    Many are called. Few are Trojan!
     
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    My dad took me to my first game in 1964 as well. I was 8 and can't say I really remember Fertig to Sherman even though I was there.

    1974 was an absolute madhouse. The most amazing 17 minutes of football I've ever seen.
     
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    Frankly, every SC-ND game is memorable for any number of reasons. Listening to my ND family moan is always fun. Chicago before the game is a great time. Applauding ND for making it past mid-field for the first time...in the 3rd quarter of 2008 was memorable too. I could go on but it's just a great time of the year...every year.
     
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    I posted this as a reply in another thread, but seems appropriate here.

    I went horseback riding up in Santa Barbara mountains last week with my smaller kids and the owner of the Bar B tells me, sir you can't wear that hat. I assume it has something to do with the horses so I start to take it off and then i look puzzled because both kids have 'ballcap' style hats on also...I look back at the guy and he's smiling. I realize and he confirms he is an ND grad. My hat said 'Trojans' kids did not.

    as far as games, its hard to beat Bush Push game for drama. That final 2 minute drill had everything. 4th and 9 are you kidding me? Wasn't there even a feigned QB spike signal as if they were going to try to stop the clock before the QB Sneak?

    Sadly, the strongest actual memories of home games with ND were suffering through a downpour in section 5. I want to say it happened more than once between the late 90s and early 2000s.
     
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    The 1948 game which ended in a 14-14 tie was my first. If I'm not mistaken there was a moderate earthquake immediately after the game as we were walking up to 28th Street. I remember thinking.... it was appropriate after that game to have a release of pent up cosmic energy. .
     
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    '74 game. Not just the comeback but the memory of Frank Gifford when working for ABC sports. The camera went to him as he celebrated by throwing all the papers he had on his desk up in the air. Priceless!
     
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    Response to scdg71.. I did not know a Mrs Brennen at Muir HS.. Rod Sherman was an athletic legend in Pasadena ...might I add a note about the 1970 game played in a driving rainstorm and the "odd" touchdown twins of John Vella and Pete Adams who both scored on recovered fumbles ..
    ...sorry I took so long to respond
     
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    For whatever reason I'm also really fond of the 2011 game. They had beaten us the previous year in a close game at home and it looked like they were primed to turn the tables and really whoop us back in South Bend. I was afraid the pendulum was going to start swinging in their direction.

    Then we just ran all over them and it felt every bit like a Pete Carroll-style beatdown.

     
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    Oh the warm memories I have of dancing to the hip sounds of that famous Notre Dame boy band, Jimmy and the Clausens.



    Who can forget their big hits, "Emu, Emu" and of course, "Who YOU calling a douche?"

    They only made music for 4 years and then the band broke up. What ever became of those guys?
     
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    The 1974 SC-Notre Dame game was the greatest sporting event in the history of mankind. That is all.
     
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    4th and 9, 2005.....My finest memory as a sports fan.

    I remember the 1974 game, and it probably was the greatest sporting event in history. But as a 9 yr old it didn't quite have the impact on me that the 2005 game had.
     
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    My father worked for Star Kist Foods located in Terminal Island starting in 1960. At the that time Star Kist was owned by Joe Bogdanvich and all the Star Kist people were big USC supporters. Star Kist had a large block of season tickets and we were fortunate to become part of this group. I still remember the 1972 game because somebody in our group at the start of the game predicted that Anthony Davis would return a kickoff for a touchdown. Of course his knee dance in the end zone would not be allowed today.
     
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    So many great games. I was taught that the only thing I was allowed to "hate" was Notre Dame (football). The build up to the game lasted weeks and the joy of the coming Christmas season would either be strengthened or lessened based on the results of the game. Fortunately, my early years were good years. My favorite memory would have to be the 1972 game. Six TDs for AD and the culmination of an undefeated season. I ran on to the field at the end of the game and got knocked over by AD and almost squished by Lynn Swann who was thrown up in the air in celebration. '74 was, of course, the most notable from that era; but, really all the excitement and suspense took place in the third quarter. The first half was a disaster and the fourth quarter was more icing on the cake. Can't wait for more great memories!
     
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    Two come to mind:

    #1 Never lost to Notre Dame in my Four Years at SC
    #2 Being in the End Zone at South Bend in 2005 and witnessing the Final Drive culminating in the "Bush Push."
    The 4th and 9 is one of the greatest plays I have ever seen.
     

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