USC-Ohio State Picture Of The Day

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Shelton Diggs catches a two-point pass with 2:03 left to give USC a dramatic 18-17 victory over Ohio State in the 1975 Rose Bowl. John McKay Jr. (left, arms raised) caught a 38-yard TD pass from Pat Haden moments earlier.

“We always go for two points in a situation like this. We didn’t come here to play for a tie. I would do the same thing again,” USC coach John McKay said.”

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  • Linkster

    McKay did the same thing against Griese and Purdue in 1967 Rose Bowl. That day it did not work out. USC lost to Purdue. First Rose Bowl…

    • rusoviet

      And he said nearly the exact thing when asked (1967) why he went for two “…you’re tied when you go out there. I play for the win!’

    • gotroy22

      USC always played to win, the ruins always played to tie.

  • Jack B

    One of my favorite games I’ve ever seen in person. A classic. Now if you’ve scored with 2:03 left, that’s a lifetime left to play. All Darnold needs is about 45 seconds.

    It took forever to get out of the Rose Bowl parking lot after the game. That was also an experience I’ll never forget.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Yup. With all the ghost flags, by the refs. Replays from “upstairs” and other BS, the 2 minutes last forever.

    • San Diego trojan

      Same here, jack, I was 15 and sitting in the corner of that end zone with my dad. It was an electric atmosphere and another great chapter of the winning tradition I was lucky enough to grow up with. You are so right about how long it took to get out of there, but I was on cloud nine. Whatever anyone thinks about Pat Haden the AD, he had some Sam Darnold in him, and was one of my favorite Trojans .

      • Jack B

        Pat kind of lost his way with the Sark hire, which I will never understand. But he was an amazing golden boy football player at USC and really had it all going on. Exceptional guy, period. Super poised, friendly and normal for such a giant star.

        People forget how good he could be on the field sometimes. Not always, but he could really drive the Trojans when he was on.

        • San Diego trojan

          Agree, the sark hire was a lateral move that changed the fortunes of two universities. If we don’t hire sark, Washington still probably keeps him for another year at least and don’t get Peterson , who I wanted for the Trojans . I wonder if pat felt pressure from donors and administration to hire a “safe” coach from Pete’s family tree, or was just a bad choice on his part. I’m sure Pete pushed hard for him. Either way, for whatever personal and professional mistakes, I hope people remember him for being the ultimate student athlete who excelled on and off the field and who truly loves USC and wants the best for the school

          • Jack B

            I think Haden and Petersen came to understand through their conversations that Petersen wasn’t a fit for USC at the time. He didn’t really ever see himself in L.A. He had finally gotten to the point where he wanted to leave Boise, but you notice when the UW job opened up, Petersen jumped all over it and the Huskies pursued him harder.

            In the end, I’ve heard Petersen started backing away, and instead of trying to reel him in, Haden, who had always been very comfortable with Sark and knew he would kill for the job, turned his focus. Sark had the big support of guys like Mark Jackson at the time as well. It was just a giant cluster hire. I went to bed thinking from media reports that Petersen was headed to USC. The next morning, 7-win Sark had suddenly emerged as the guy. It was sickening.

          • San Diego trojan

            Thanks for insight jack

  • Ed Garrett

    ahh,,,,the old craul out of the end zone terf play,,,look at the suprise on all them playirs wehn they see him sirface,,,it wirks if ref dont see u off sides, ucla try to do that alot this yeer but got it wrong and john rosen kept trying to craul in to the ground during the play,

    • Pudly76

      That’s just what their problem was this year, he spent way too much time on the terf looking for a way under

  • marvienna

    That game wasn’t pretty for the Trojans until the end. Only ten points until the last two minutes. Ohio State had a good team and a tough defense.

    Had that game been played today, the internet boards would be up in arms as to why USC was playing such an underwhelming game and why the team couldn’t play to its potential.

    God only knows what this blogger would write about this game but I’m sure it wouldn’t be something “rosy.”

    • 22

      The kicking game, in particular stood out. Near the end of the first half, SC kicked a short field goal, but Ohio State committed a penalty for a SC first down, so McKay took three points off the board to take another shot for the touchdown. It didn’t work, so the field goal team came out again, but missed. If that happened today, we would never hear the end of it from Scott.

      Most of the third quarter seemed to be played inside our 35 yardline. One punt was missed completely, and the punter picked it up and ran for a first down. The second punt was a shank, about 12 to 17 yards. The third punt was blocked. (In fairness to the kicker, he was injured.) I think it was on the blocked punt when an Ohio State player, angry about not making more yards out of the play, was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which backed Ohio State away from the red zone, which was critical. And I remember a key 4th down and one, when Ohio State’s Doug France jumped offsides so Ohio State ended up kicking a field goal. It was a wild game and we had some breaks. The post game celebration for both the 73 and the 75 Rose Bowl games were pure joy. I didn’t want to leave the stadium.

      This was also the game where death threats had been made against Coach McKay. When the game ended, he quickly got off the field and someone in the press criticized him for not shaking Woody Hayes hand.

  • Paul Muad’dib

    If Helton said this, Scott Wolf would criticize him…

  • Ed Garrett

    i was at this gaim, im realy in secure so i got to tell alot of strangers that i was theyre cuz it makes me feal beter abuot my self even tho I cant see my tose,

    • Old Trojans never die

      Gee Ed, I problee sawr you dare was you da one celling peenutz? I caireed a bannor in the prade and got in fer free.

      • steveg

        Old Trojans, you sound like Ed Orgeron, Ed just sounds like a 2 year old.

        • Old Trojans never die

          You are right I should be ashamed. It’s not as if my grown kids haven’t told me not to feed the trolls, I have no excuse. Sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is rotten due to some bird sticking its pecker in it.
          I’ll try to behave until after the bowl game.

          • steveg

            Hell with it, behave when you can’t do anything else.

    • Jack B

      I always wondered how real life ucla Trolls think. No wonder you Troll in gibberish, the ultimate in idiocy.

      • 88 Straight

        He trolls our site as well. His act was funny for a day and stale since. Kind of like Will Ferrell, although Will’s act lasted a bit longer.

        The ‘75 Rose Bowl was a great game and I attended with my Trojan uncle and rooted for SC. It was always our deal to root for each other, except for the one game.

        In ‘76 I was also able to witness UCLA beat OSU with John Sciarra. Woody had a few problems in Pasadena.

        • Jack B

          Hah. Amazing.

          The ’75 Rose Bowl victory was an amazing post-game celebratory affair. I just remember everybody being so happy. We couldn’t get out of the parking lot but there was no rush. Dinner could wait. The way USC came on at the end with the perfect Haden to J.K. pass, then the Diggs shoestringer, was just such a thrill. I had just started law school and that first year is very stressful. So the game was just a wonderful break from it all.

          Then, for the ’76 RB, I was in Aspen skiing and a great friend and we snuck off to a bar to watch the big game between you and undefeated OHIO ST. Believe it or not, we were rooting hugely for the bruins. Our rivalry seemed more friendly in those days. I knew ucla guys from HS and dated a couple ucla girls.

          Anyway, People were dancing on tables and we were elated that Vermeil stuck it to Hayes that day, overturning an earlier convincing loss – just like you did to MICH ST in the ’66 Bobby Stiles game. Wally Henry just went off and Sciarra was always very good.

          It was a very heady time and by now law school wasn’t so brutal. But usually when I think of the Buckeyes, the ’75 and ’76 RBs come to mind. In ’75, rooting for my team in Pasadena and a year later in Aspen, much drunker in a raucous bar filled with bruin fans.

  • Tebow_Obama

    USC vs another overrated B1G team in a bowl game…ZZZZZZZZ!

    • Pudly76

      If your little peter was as big as your hillbilly mouth, you’d be on a date not spending it here

      • Gabby

        Hung like a pimple

        • Pudly76

          If only!

  • Tebow_Obama

    Attendance for the Cotton Bowl is going to tank…book it.

    • Jack B

      Imagine if ucla were in the Cotton Bowl. Oh, wait! That would be a true fantasy, and no one could ever imagine the little gutties getting into a Big Six game that important.

      • fast fred

        What happened to the fiesta?? Looks like UDUB has more clout!

        • trojan_1972

          “Fast” Fred, you have lost a step….or many.

          Tell us the last significant bowl game UCLA won?

          #EagleBankiBowlDoesn’tCount

          • Pudly76

            He was never good running anything but his mouth.. he’s called fast freddie by his girlfriend for obvious reasons

          • trojan_1972

            One more!

          • steveg

            I thought she called him little freddie.

          • SCgrad12

            Steve, it’s frederico.

        • StokaNoka

          It’s all politics & money. They wanted a USC/OSU matchup, but Fiesta Bowl hosted the Clemson/OSU game last year, we saw how that turned out. OSU even played in the same bowl the year before. Different/bigger stadium, more hype due to history, more viewers and more money.

        • SCgrad12

          Whatever you say frederico.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      It is being played at a stadium and not a tank, unlike the ruins playing in front of empty seats dressed as ruin fans.

      • Jack B

        The Cactus Juice Bowl pitting the vaunted KSU Wildkitties against the little gutties figures to be an also-ran classic for the ages. It’ll be a great chance for Show Cause Chip to see bruin mediocrity at its finest. Personally, I’m gonna sit this Cactus deal out. The bruins could somehow win and still only barely get to their yearly football goal – 7 wins.

        • Pudly76

          They won’t win, KSU actually has a pulse this year, faint as it might be.

        • trojan_1972

          K-State beat OK State and lost 42-35 to OK. Gutties 0-6 on the road. Gutties should have declined this invitation if they want to finish .500.

          • Jack B

            When you’re a bottom feeder school like ucla and you have to petition to get into losing-record bowls, you NEVER turn down invites.

          • trojan_1972

            What is the over-under on paid attendance?

          • Jack B

            Bill Snyder’s age.

          • trojan_1972

            2 votes up if possible.

          • Pudly76

            Do the ruins hav to sit in the sun?

          • trojan_1972

            Another plus 2 votes.

          • JustOwns

            The Cactus Bowl is a spring game for playing time in CK’s first season.

    • Pudly76

      You’re our expert on getting tanked, huh hillbilly troll? Hitting the still again! Remember da moonshine is flammable, don’t breath too close to the fire.

    • rusoviet

      You’re a moron if you think the OH St. and USC fans will NOT show up for this game – understand NOT saying USC pevail ‘but’ the fans will attend – unlike the rest of the Pac-12 (esp bel-air tech and stanford) they truly shall.

      ‘Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!’

    • JustOwns

      28 degree temp on the field at kickoff.

  • Old Trojans never die

    I was seated in the end zone wearing my scout uniform and a scout jacket with a chenille USC patch on my back. I was also surrounded by Ohio State fans. They were ribbing me throughout the game but I went home happy.
    As for tied football games McKay hated the idea and was quoted as saying it was like kissing your sister. I have heard stories that he added and frankly I’d rather have the tie.

  • steveg

    Any recruiting going on?

    • Pudly76

      Lots, but you won’t find out about it from this blog.

      • trojan_1972

        That would require some productive relationships within the football community. Cut and paste. Which one of you called it “outside USC looking in”?

        • Pudly76

          More like “outside with my eyes wide shut”!

    • Pudly76

      Just a nugget for you. After the MD vs SJB cif finals game, Amon-Ra StBrown had pictures taken holding up his hands while wearing Trojan gloves..

      • steveg

        What I see on 247 USC will have a very good average and with all scholies filled should make top 5 again.

        • Pudly76

          Very true. We have a chance, make that a very good chance of being top 3. Helton has pursued top o and d linemen in this class and many of the top are still in play. And our linebackers maybe especially good if a couple locals come our way, like Solomon Tuliaupupu from MD.
          We are SC website has weekly articles that talk about some of them.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Great game, I was there

  • trojan_1972

    Diggs rescued a bad pass by Haden. Talented player, struggled with injuries.

    • Jack B

      Haden himself described the play that won USC a NC as, “95% catch. I actually had decided to run,” Haden said. “And then I realized I was not going to make it. All I saw was a red jersey; I didn’t know who it was, John or Shelton.”

      But the 38-yder to J.K. for the TD was as perfect as you can throw it.

      • trojan_1972

        Absolutely was.

  • USC jojo

    This was the first Rose Bowl game I ever saw. I was a 9yr old boy who had just discovered college football during the 1974-75 season. This game was a great addition to the Anthony Davis vs Notre Dame comeback.

    Those have been two of the most memorable games for me.

    • Pudly76

      The Rose Bowl was our second home in those years..

      • USC jojo

        I have never attended a Rose Bowl game. I’ve been to

        • Pudly76

          I’ve attended all of them since the early seventies, except for last years.
          Love the environment, atmosphere and usually all else that comes with winning the granddaddy of them all.

  • 04Trojan

    SAS, where you at? I know you’re a basketball guy. This is f’ing ridiculous. These guys came back and all the hype, for what?! I’m highly disappointed.

  • JustOwns

    McLaughlin’s last second 3 pointer for the win…….AIRBALL!

    So bozo u bb loses its 3rd straight non-conf. game to unranked Oklahoma, who went 10 – 20 last year.

    Andyain’twinning needs some Div. II or III creampuff games pronto.