Some Cal-USC History


Tomorrow’s game will be the final home contest for Cal and the annual Joe Roth Memorial Game, honoring the Golden Bear quarterback who died of cancer at the age of 21 in 1977.

Roth and tailback Chuck Muncie combined to provide the offense to beat USC, 28-14, on Nov. 1, 1975. That Cal victory snapped the Trojans’ 28-game conference unbeaten streak, which began with a 28-0 win at Berkeley in 1971.

USC’s current win streak over the Bears is nine straight games since the triple-overtime loss in 2003. Cal has also lost 11 straight Pac-12 games.

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  • marvgoux1

    Joe died from a melanoma on the back of his neck. Everyone should learn from Joe’s experience and get a yearly dermatological exam to detect melanomas in hard to see areas of our bodies like our backs and scalp. You can get a melanoma through your hair so always wear a hat outside and at SC games.

    • 22

      Good advice and Joe’s early death was a tragedy. He was a fine young man.

    • TrojanFamily

      Great post marv

  • ThaiMex

    Munsey should have been a SUCkster…he had a “small” problem w/”blow”, couldn’t spell his last name correctly, and was just plain dumb! The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…..know what I’m sayin’? He’d have fit in perfect over at LIMBO U!

    fit UN

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      By your logic, Chuck would have fit in perfectly in Westwood. Imagine him in the same backfield with Billy Don Jackson who couldn’t spell anything or read or write…

  • USConqueror1

    Orgeron is a tough coach. i say he gets the players to tackle everyone first and ask questions later! Thats how it shoud be. Ram it up their throats…that’s how we used to play. Leave no mans behind.