Ells Kissinger, Former USC Captain and Quarterback, Dies

KISSINGERElls Kissinger, who kicked a memorable field goal to beat UCLA in 1956 and played in the 1955 Rose Bowl, died on April 12 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79.

Kissinger played quarterback in 1956 when USC went 8-2. But the play he is best remembered for is from the above photo. He kicked a fourth-quarter field goal that turned out to be the difference in USC’s 10-7 victory over UCLA. It was USC’s first-ever field goal against UCLA in the then 27-year-old series. He also rushed for 79 yards in 11 carries.

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USC was No. 21 in Rivals’ recruiting rankings a few days ago. The Trojans are now No. 9. UCLA, which got a commitment today from wide receiver Darian Owens, is No. 8.

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Melquise Stovall To USC

USC got its third commitment of the week when Melquise Stovall of Lancaster Paraclete announced for the Trojans today. He is the 12th-best running back from the Class of 2016 according to Rivals.com.

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