Since I spotlighted David Bell’s game-winning kick vs. UCLA, here’s another huge kick in USC history.
In 1969, No. 16-ranked Stanford took a 24-23 lead over No. 4-ranked USC with 1:03 left at the Coliseum. The Trojans then drove 68 yards. And as time expired, Ron Ayala kicked a 34-yard field goal to give USC a 26-24 victory over Jim Plunkett and Stanford.
On the game-winning drive, USC tailback Clarence Davis had a key fourth-down conversion and QB Jimmy Jones completed three straight passes to tight end Gerry Mullins and wide receiver Sam Dickerson.
USC had no timeouts as Mullins caught a pass for a first down at the Stanford 17. The clock stopped to move the chains and Ayala and the kicking team ran on to the field. The ball was reportedly snapped with less than a second left in the game.
At the time, an NCAA night-game record of 83,812 attended the contest at the Coliseum.