USC Picture Of The Day

In another appreciation of former USC tailback Willie Brown, here he is playing against Iowa in 1962.


2 thoughts on “USC Picture Of The Day

  1. This was a watershed game for the 1962 team. USC was 2-0 going into the game, having beaten #8 Duke in a close 7 point win at the Coliseum and then thumping SMU 33-3 in Dallas. An #6 USC went to play an unranked Iowa team in Iowa City on the first Saturday in October. (SC had lost 34-35 to Iowa at the Coliseum during the previous 1961 season, going for 2 points and the win and failing on the 2-point conversion.) Iowa had high hopes for a resurgent year in the Big Ten, and they had huge lines on both sides of the ball. The game time weather was gray, chilly and wet, and SC recovered 7 (yes, seven) Iowa turnovers. The lone score of the game was by sophomore backup right halfback Ron Heller, on his second-ever carry as a Trojan. SC safety (and punter) Loran Hunt recovered a fumble at the Iowa 24, and then Heller went for 5 yards on his first carry in an SC uniform. He got the call on second down, and this time slashed 19 yards off tackle, and juked the Iowa safety on the 1 yard line and scored. Tom Lupo kicked the PAT, and that was the ballgame, with all scoring in the second quarter. Hal Bedsole (playing D during the last season of limited substitution) knocked Iowa’s very good QB out of the game with a knee injury late in the second quarter. Willie Brown had a stellar day, rushing for 59 yards on 10 carries, but more importantly making a game-saving interception late in the fourth quarter as Iowa was driving. All kinds of heroics on the road that day from names the likes of Bedsole, Brown, Lupo, Del Conte, Fisk, Marinovich, et al, and then Heller’s (8 carries for 30 yards) TD run. UCLA ended up knocking off #1 Nebraska at the Coliseum, and with the win at Iowa, unranked SC vaulted to #3 in the AP poll.


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