Virtually every story I’ve ever heard about Marv Goux involved his time as a USC assistant coach or conversations he had with me about being a Trojan or when he inspired Pete Carroll. I rarely heard about him as a player. But viewing this film of the 1953 Rose Bowl courtesy of the Pac-12 Network showed me another side.
In the above photo, Wisconsin has the ball inside the 15-yard line on fourth-and-2 in the first quarter.Badgers tailback Alan Ameche takes the pitch and is stopped by Goux short of the first down. USC goes on to win, 7-0.
Ameche gained 128 yards in the game, won the Heisman Trophy in 1954 and scored the winning TD for the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 NFL title game, which is known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
The Pac-12 Network will show this footage on its Varsity Days show Monday night at 9 p.m. And if you are like me, you do not get the network. Which is why I am highlighting this story because many of us would not see these archival films.