Here are USC players lined up for ABC-TV before playing No. 1-ranked Iowa at the Coliseum in 1961.
USC fell behind 21-0 and trailed 35-20 with less than five minutes remaining. USC trailed 35-28 when quarterback Bill Nelsen threw a 5-yard TD pass to wide receiver Hal Bedsole with 48 seconds remaining. The pair connected on a 71-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion to make it 35-28.
So with the score, 35-34, Nelsen and Bedsole tried to connect one more time on a 2-point conversion but Iowa’s Sammie Harris broke up the play.
A crowd of only 30,263 attended the game.
A newspaper article the next day said, “In going for broke, the Trojans lost the game but won the admiration of the TV millions and comparitive handful of diehards who had gone to the Coliseum expecting a massacre.”