I don’t know how I got on this series of big USC field goals, but this one deserves special praise for one reason: Unlike many famous Trojan field goals, this one happened on the road . . . before 95,049 hostile fans.
In 1980, USC traveled to Tennessee riding a 20-game unbeaten streak. This was a night game in a hostile environment for a team in transition: Marcus Allen replaced Charles White at tailback while Gordon Adams took over at QB for Paul McDonald.
USC led 10-0 at halftime but Tennessee came back to tie the game, 17-17, and was driving at midfield late in the fourth quarter. But USC defensive back Jeff Fisher intercepted a pass and returned it to the Vols’ 44-yard line with 58 seconds remaining.
It looked like the game might end in a tie with USC at the 46-yard line and only 10 seconds left. But Adams hit Vic Rakhshani for 16 yards with four seconds left.
That set up a 47-yard FG for Eric Hipp, who drilled it through the uprights.
A long field at the final gun before a huge SEC crowd. That’s a trifecta of adversity. And Hipp made became an instant highlight.