Ells 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.
I’m not sure why Notre Dame doesn’t just permanently announce the USC game will always be at night in South Bend from now on because that’s been the case since 2010. Today, the Irish said the Oct. 17 game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (ET).