Kicking History

With the passing of kicker Chris Limahelu, here’s a look at how the field-goal records evolved during his era.

According to USC’s records, which, in the case of field goals, date back to 1907, the Trojans only had four field goals of 40 yards or more prior to the 1974 Rose Bowl game. Chris Limahelu kicked two such field goals in the second half of the 1974 Pasadena game, including the 47-yard record breaker. After Limahelu broke his own record with a 50-yarder against UCLA, he had kicked three of the five longest field goals in USC history, up to that time.
Limahelu was succeeded by Glen Walker, whose 8 field goals of 40 yards or more equaled USC’s total of such field goals prior to 1975.
Steve Jordan broke Limahelu’s record with a 52-yarder at Stanford in 1982, and raised the standard further with a 53-yarder at Weshington State the next year. Two seasons later Don Shafer’s 60-yard field goal versus Notre Dame set the record which, after 23 years, still stands.
Limahelu’s 47-yard goal broke a record that had been set before the Trojans were even known as the Trojans. In 1909, Courtney Decius kicked a 45-yarder against Occidental. The previous year, Decius, playing for Los Angeles High School, set the record for most field goals in a game against USC, with three. That record, equaled several times, was not broken until Rod Garcia kicked four field goals for Stanford against USC in 1973.
There were times in USC’s history without any field goals, of whatever distance. After Max Belko’s 40-yarder against Montana in 1935, no Trojan kicked a three-pointer until Frank Gifford’s 22-yard effort against Cal in 1949.

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  • SC for SC

    That last stat is amazing! No fg for almost 14 years! SW: How many punts did SC kick in that time? Was it all or nothing?