USC held off UCLA, 28-23, but even many of the fans seemed to grow weary of the Trojans not passing the eye test.
Excerpt: The Trojans did just enough to win but not enough to make anyone think they would defeat a top 10 team. That will not matter to Clay Helton but it matters to the Trojans’ fan base and to Athletic Director Lynn Swann.
They will want to know how USC rushed for 153 yards against the nation’s worst run defense, which surrendered 302.3 yards rushing before the game. That was 9 yards less than Memphis gained against UCLA, the Bruins’ best effort of the season.
They will also want to know how USC’s secondary allowed 421 yards passing and wide receiver Jordan Lasley to catch three touchdown passes. This is normal for a garden-variety Pac-12 defense but USC is supposed to be an elite team.
The crowd was almost silent as time expired. It was that unimpressive. A five-point victory over a 16-point underdog. Clancy Pendergast’s pass coverage is awful. UCLA’s defense gave up its fewest rushing yards of the season (153). Memphis had 162 vs. UCLA.
This was another typical Clay Helton victory. Uninspired and sloppy (11 penalties for 115 yards).
You might associate Chick Hearn as the Lakers legend. But he also did USC football and basketball games from 1956-61 like this notice shows from 1958. The TV announcer is actually spelled Bill Welsh, who also did USC games for KTTV (Channel 11).