USC-UCLA Picture Of Day

It’s the 1981 Crosstown Rivalry at the Coliseum.

Below, here’s an excellent photo of George Achica’s most famous USC moment, as he blocked Norm Johnson’s 46-yard field-goal attempt to preserve the Trojans’ 22-21 victory.

Achica missed the previous two series with a slightly separated shoulder but Marv Goux put him back in for the field goal. Charles Ussery and Dennis Edwards went low to open a hole for Achica.

The photo was taken by Sports Illustrated’s Peter Read Miller, a former USC student who took photos for the school yearbook.

78 thoughts on “USC-UCLA Picture Of Day

      1. …now within 10 ranking points of that demonic school located in a hellhole section of westwood…
        #OneHeadToHeadWillClarifyThingsFurther…..
        #[ThisIsWhereYouNeedToComein&Comment,Owns]……

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    1. Wow, Andyain’twinning rolls over 3 cream puff BB teams.

      On Nov. 22, bozo BB plays Dixie State at home – LOL. The O/U attendance line: 985.

      On Nov. 23, UCLA plays #1 Gonzaga in Las Vegas.

      bozo BB: Here pussy, pussy BB.

      #Thx Enfield

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      1. says the guy who was embarrassed by his boys and wanted them to stay home instead of take ncaa invite…great fair weather fan aren’t you…try being objective just once in your life…somtimes bruins are a power house in a sport,sometimes not…learn to support them regardless,and want what is objectively best…you don’t have to be insulting every time either…get a little balance in your life.

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  1. Great photo Scott – recall SI article on referred to Achica as the ‘literal one-armed bandit’…overall ended up being a disappointing season, but 1981 had some really good moments (Marcus of course, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Indiana, Notre Dame, UCLA – imagine that non-conference slate today)

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    1. James –I think you accidentally put your finger on the problem: there is NO way we can imagine that non conference slate today……
      #”ThatWhichIsProtected&PamperedGrowsWeak”
      —The Illiad

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      1. Given the state of the program, Il(l)iad is appropriate…now, if you could just get some (non-Toronto) Argonauts and a sturdy boat to be sailed back to where we belong!

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    2. 1981 …. damn so close
      Amazing start ranked #1 and drilling Tennessee then beating #2 Okie in final seconds.
      Then strange home loss to Arizona after Marcus went 80 yds for TD on 1st play. Just a stunner.
      Bounce back with 14-7 at Notre Dame.
      Miserable weather loss at Washington when Fred Crutcher misplayed a late kickoff. Not that SC would had scored trailing 6-3.
      Then thrilling win vs a good UCLA team on the block.

      Team struggled with pass game and vs the pass.

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      1. The loss to Washington in the crummy weather – USC was in position to kick a FG to go up 6-3 late in the 4th quarter (and Eric Hipp had the leg for it, but they were going into that stout wind)…penalty and a sack pushed them back…Huskies find way to get into position for Chuck Nelson FG just prior to Crutcher misplaying the kickoff (fortunately, he got redemption in as a senior with a big game in upset of #1 Washington). Yeah, 1981, along with 1976, 1979, 1980…sort of like Pete’s 2005-08 teams…probably shouldn’t have lost a game, found ways to do so…but still so many great days and memories…

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      2. The 1980 (bowl probation) and 1981 seasons were subpar due to poor QB play. Gordon Adams–the 5th year former walk-on–did OK, but with zero game reps going into the season, it was much to ask him to win games. John Mazur–an unproven soph–won the job for 1981 vs Tinsley.
        John had some no-so-good games.

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  2. The SC vs UCLA 1980-82 games were amazing last play thrillers
    1980 – Jeff Fisher drops an easy TD into Freeman McNeils hands in the final minute
    1981 – Achica blocks the last FG in a wold exciting game
    1982 – Robo goes for 2 and the win Tinsley gets sacked by Karl Morgan

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    1. Yes, and taking a slightly extended view from there…1975 2 point end of game thriller…1976 one-sided but physical contest between to two great teams…1977 2 point Rose Bowl deprivation…1978 7 point game…only the 1979 49-14 game was an outlier (a good one!)…best period of the series for extended run, although 67-68 games were obviously classic nailbiters…

      I’ll never forget the 1980 game – it’s been forgotten, but was, even with the attendant peculiarities, a great game with that strange (annoying) ending…1980 season as a whole was a strange up/down ride…

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      1. Yes – bizarre…that was a year with another famous play very similar (Georgia’s national championship hinged on Linday Scott catching a deflected pass late trailing Florida to snatch victory)…the McNeil play was so damn aggravating…the offense struggled all day (think Marcus was held to less than 60 yards and backup QB Tinsley was in)…struggled back to take lead and appeared to have game won…this a week after blowing an opportunity despite dominating Washington while ranked #2…just a little luck would have won the national championship while sitting the Rose Bowl out on probation…thrashed Notre Dame…absolute defensive dominance (Irish were #2 by then and stalking the title)…such great times.

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    2. The game vs UW in 1980 snapped a 33 game unbeaten streak.
      I was pretty close to the southeast corner and watched the wobbly duck pass through the CB’s hands (JF) and into the bobbling hands of the UW receiver.

      Walking home I was dumbfounded that the Trojans had lost.
      I thought we’d go 44-0 during my undergrad years.

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      1. Don James seemingly had USC’s number…I really thought it was just that he realized USC frequently became undisciplined and lost intensity, and his teams competed and were very disciplined (in a lot of ways, they foreshadowed what ushered in the era of at least one service academy playing mistake free, disciplined, conservative football with success…each of the academies has had long stretches like that, with it finally becoming Army’s turn in the past few years after a long stretch where it was Navy). The 1980 team as you say was ripe for it – Marcus was a year away from fully realizing his abilities (and even then, wasn’t quite a breakaway threat), and Adams got hurt in that game…such a shame considering how much talent was on the 1980-81 teams.

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  3. I believe that 1981 was the last year the Trojans and the Bruins shared the Coliseum as each team’s home stadium. What a way to go out.

    #TheNextYear’sGameAlsoEndedOnTheFinalPlayOfTheGame

    #KarlMorganv.ScottTinsleyin’82

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  4. Do you fellas remember the ’73 game? #8 vs. #9, Bruin wishbone vs. Trojan I formation, Anthony Davis and Rod McNeil vs. the Blair Pair, James McAllister (taken way too young) and Kermit Johnson. The Batman was a nightmare versus the wishbone, which was among the leading rushing attacks in the country. And check out the great writing at SI:

    Great title of article “There’s a “USC” in “Muscle”

    https://vault.si.com/vault/1973/12/03/theres-a-usc-in-muscle

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      1. After gaining just a yard on the first rushing play of the game, Richard Wood said to McAlister “Do you know who you are playing now?”

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      1. Great call James, I had forgotten that quote – it must have been early 70s. I believe ucla ran the wishbone between 71-73. They would run behind Bill Walton’s brother, who was one of the biggest tackles in the country at that time, something like 6’7″ and 270.

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      2. ’67 – Yes, I recall reading a story about Bill Walton when I was a kid that mentioned that he almost didn’t go to UCLA because his brother was already there…but then figured being the center of attention that it didn’t hurt to have real muscle in the wings if needed!
        MG-USC handled UCLA’s version of the bone (and Alabama’s), but, even though never losing to them, struggled with Oklahoma’s (the best of breed so to speak) – always found it a bit interesting that immediately following the game they had the most trouble stopping it (1981) they finally solved it and inflicted maybe the worst throttling of it (1982 shoutout in Norman that convinced Barry Switzer that playing ‘the Dupree kid’ might be in order).

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      3. Switzer story that I love most: When he first took over at Oklahoma, Barry lost some games and got plenty of criticism. He told his staff, “I believe in the wishbone and so do you……and if we’re all gonna get fired, let’s get fired doing something we believe in. ”
        Speaking of coaching, I don’t see any way USC’s coaching staff (especially, Orlando) is gonna be able to keep up with Chip. It will take a superhuman effort by Dart and Ingram to make up for the coaching disparity (which is HUGE).

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      4. MG-Switzer said that while offensive coordinator under Chuck Fairbanks…they had been assistants together on the 1967 team that went 10-1 and finished #2 behind USC…the head coach unexpectedly passed away and Fairbanks was elevated…despite having Steve Owens, they scuffled for a couple of years, at the same time Royal had installed Emory Bullard’s new wishbone and won a national title at Texas…so they decided in a “WTF” moment (not so different than what McKay kind of did at USC in 1962 after the disappointing 1960-61 seasons) to save their jobs to give it a go…and just so happened they had Greg Pruitt as a halfback and a perfect QB (Jack Mildren) to immediately took to it…Fairbanks enjoyed the benefit in 1971-72 (22-2) and parlayed into the Patriots head job…Switzer took the helm in 1973 (and lost only one game until mid-1976…to Ram great Nolan Cromwell and Kansas running…tying back to our discussions with ’67…the wishbone right back at them…Cromwell, like John Sciarra, great athlete playin wishbone QB in college going on to become NFL safeties).

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      5. James — Great stuff, thanks!
        The more I think about Saturday’s game, the more positive I am it’ll take something like an Act of God for us to win. Dumb bruin turnovers would help a lot. So would bruins leaving the game on key red zone plays cuz they lost their helmets.
        #ForFirstTimeI’mHopingOneOfOurTailbacksCanThrowLong…
        #…Yes,I’mReducedToHopingForLotsOfGreat”TrickPlays”!

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      6. Agreed – we’ve seen it coming all year. Maybe for the best. The uglier, the harder for Carol and Co. to continue to Thurston and Lovie it up on the Island…Oh my, a Yale man! Barbarian…

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      7. Given everything, I always got the sense that, while they used Yale and Harvard for Mr. Howell’s lines, it was really code for USC-UCLA (albeit perhaps from a Stanford or Cal uppity hugga-hugga).

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      8. Oh yeah no mystery as to that! haha

        The Coyote was the like a Freudian composite of UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Bo/Woody/Bear, etc…I’ll just cleverly do the same thing over and over…genius!

        Anthony Davis and Richard Woods probably said that to UCLA after that 1973 game ’67 pointed us to (what a great article – and how good was SI then?)…

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      9. I always got the feeling the old SI was writing for the ages — great sports writing addresses the need for heroes, the sublime beauty of hard fought battles between evenly matched competitors and the “love of the game.”
        #NotThe”WeHateYou&LookDownOnYou”Stuff….
        #….SeenOnNewYorkTimesSportsPages

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      10. Beautiful! And poignant. It’s always hard for me to read stuff written back in the day when Pat Haden was righteously treated as a great Trojan Hero…..
        #SoMuchWishHeRodeOffIntoTheSunsetAfterFootballCareer

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      11. Yes, we’ve discussed before…such a contrast between Garrett vs. Haden/Swann…makes me believe if they ever go down that road again…the AD needs to be Lendale White…but better just to get the astute behind-the-scenes no-one-knows-your-name AD who hires the next great Trojan head coach…and best if, in the interest of time, the incumbent (oh, that word) were to execute the duties properly regardless of consequence and make that hire to salvage his time…but I don’t foresee that…hopefully sometime soon though…

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      12. Ironic that you’d mention Lendale White —such an underrated and underappreciated Trojan. I recall Pete saying “Lendale is too immature for the NFL.” And he was right — at the time. Lendale had all the gifts necessary to make it big …but wasn’t ready for the business side of playing as a professional. Call it innocence. In any event, Lendale’s honest ‘love of the game’ has blossomed into the exact thing USC needs in an Athletic Director right NOW. Instead we have a tin horn politician who seems out to split the difference and hedge his bets in an endless attempt to protect himself and his hapless boss.

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      13. You read my mind…have had that exact thought…passion…as much as Reggie Bush bailed us out against ND and Fresno in 1995…I think far more often Lendale was the hammer (single bad personnel package decision in the 2006 Rose Bowl notwithstanding)…the real heart of that offense…bet he would have had the Devil on his way down to Georgia with a far greater sense of alacrity!

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  5. The important thing is Mckay stressed defense!!! Yes he had some terrific running backs, but his philosophy was control the clock with run, move the chains on a consistent basis, and DEFENSE will win the game.
    Nothing fancy on offense other than great tailbacks and good linemen, but alot of speed and physical players on defense who could really hit.
    This guy Drake Jackson we have this year is way overrated, and probably would ride the bench in the Mckay era because he is slow, does not tackle well, and plays a finesse game. RIP- JIMMY GUNN you were the best along with Charlie Weaver, David Lewis, and James Simms.

    The main problem with this program today is Kiffin, Sarkisian, Helton, and especially our offensive genius now Graham Harrell all thought they can outscore every opponent in every game with little emphysis on defense. Our struggles will continue for years to come unless we build a super power defense that stops people in big games.

    Hate to say it but I think UCLA will run at will on the Trojans this Saturday, and it might be quite embarrassing due to the fact we have no defense. Will the score be ugly probably…..

    Please note SC has not had a great or even good defense since the Pete Carroll years, and that’s close to 16 years ago which is very sad. To me our offenses have been OK with way too much passing, but our defensive teams have been mediocre at best, and that’s the reason USC no longer has dominant seasons.

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    1. sc always has had great asst coaches 50’s-70’s…they were allowed by great head coaches to coach…that is what a great manager does who brings it together to be a TEAM playing towards a win by practicing fundamentals of a very physical sport…it is truly a team sport.

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      1. Great points. Bourbon has mentioned, and I’ve read in SI (believe it may have been the 1984 article on the upset of then #1 Washington) and a book (Steve Delsohn’s “Cardinal and Gold”) that what crippled Tollner during his first year was the absence of Marv Goux and Hudson Houck…it took the ‘starch’ out of the program that dated back to the McKay era…

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  6. Memo to: Uncle Ricki

    Andyain’twinning or Coach Cronin:

    Which coach lost an elite eight game by 19 points?

    Which coach made the Final Four in his second year as head of the BB program?

    Which coach got a contract extension?

    Which coach didn’t get a contract extension?

    Which coaches team will play #1 Gonzaga Nov. 23?

    Which coaches team will play the cream puff, Dixie State Nov. 22?

    How do you break up a Clown U Beach Party? – Flush the toilet.

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  7. Interview with Baylor AD Mack Rhoades from earlier this eve. Before I get to saying what I’m gonna say, Ive gotta say I’m no Barney Miller. I’m not even Fish. No one has traveled over a hill, then across a dale for my interpretive skills. Finally, there’ve been times when I haven’t been able to put two and two together. That out of the way, imho his answer about Aranda possibly bolting for greener pastures, and what he’s willing to do to keep him, is telling. If I’m of the Baylor persuasion, it sounds like he’s telling me that mommy & daddy still love me, but mommy and daddy don’t love each other, so daddys gonna bounce.

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    1. Love the Barney Miller references! USC could use some Barney and Fish and Wojo…a little less Strebek and Harris…your analysis is no worse than any of the rest of us! I would personally take another type of coach (O’Brien, if he was interested), but know a lot of people are high on Aranada and Fickell. Have to think that, no different than with Urban, if USC really wants Aranda (or Fickell), then they have the resources (never have bought that as an excuse, although USC has seemingly been bizarrely cheap over the years for such a $ accumulating machine) to pry one of them away. Don’t think it will come down to money – will come down to candidates sniffing around Bohn/Folt, seeing what the wreckage looks like, talking to colleagues…then having their agent go to Bohn as Folt’s errand runner and demand provisions in the contract guaranteeing no undue interference and nationally competitive budget for staff.

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      1. ROSTER MOVES:
        • Agree on cutting Dietrich & Harris.
        • Agree on add Wojo w/Miller & Fish
        • Amend to add Nick Yemana to active roster w/Miller, et al.

        ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS:
        Good point about USC being cash rich yet spend averse. I’ve got nothing data-wise to back this up, but it does seem to hold true that the folks with the gold know how to earn, but not to spend, while those rummaging thru the davenport cushions can tell ya how, when, and why to spend, but haven’t earned an honest buck since they got a 5-spot for losing an incisor.

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      2. Right with you on that…if only Barney was our AD (pretty sure he would have hired Urban and attributed any questions as quibbling with the nature of the street). Right on target with the acquire but not spend – and it makes no sense (as is often true in life, the unwillingness to spend eventually proves the more costly decision…says one empty seat to another).

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      3. Just tossing this out there because:
        1. it occurs to me
        2. I was born without a filter between my brain and mouth
        3. why the hell not?
        Please note that what’s written below isn’t an attempt to win The Golden Blowjob Award, nor is it to get nominated for Long Winded Poster of The Day… however, if we’re talking a Long Winded Blowjob Received Award all bets be off…

        The “this” is the fact I enjoy the bejezus out of reading this blogs comments section. As far as the main article, it could be anything as far as I’m concerned, so long as it stirs up the nest. Back to the comments, there’s a lot to be said for fans, alum, supporters, ticket holders and tailgaters who can quote Trojan Football chapter & verse wothout breaking a sweat, can bust balls at the drop of a hat, and picks a side waffle free. Way I see it, that’s called giving a fuck. Something thats all too rare these days.

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  8. One more for the road, but as sure as cow shit at a dairy farm, this is what the Boxisbento household will look like when Dave Aranda is named as USC’s 27th Head Football Coach

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    1. If you have Ginger and Mary Anne in the house when USC hires a great football coach (and shows from the 60s and 70s are so perfect for USC fans!), you might have many of the rest of us as company! A couple of years back I referred to the Gilligan’s episode with the “Wrong Way” aviator (compared to our frequent posting friend “Owns” who I also refer to as “The Mule”…but “Wrong Way” is just as good and frequently accurate!)…

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      1. • If the phrase menage a trois was coined with Ginger & Mary Anne in mind it woulda been called menage a me.
        • If somehow I managed to solve the barrier between the real world & tv land, got myself appointed Cap’n of the Minnow, survive the squall, regain consciousness, and then discover I’m castawayed with Miss Ginger and Miss Mary Anne, my first executive order would be to tell Lil’ Buddy, The Prof, and Lovey to scram. Second executive order would be to throw the flare gun as far into the water as I could.
        • If Aranda gets the job look for the house with my Trojan flag flying at full mast+. Door will be open. Bourbon will be on the left. Dancing like a fool to the right.

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      1. You know who never said that? Clay Helton.
        #LoveYourMusicalTastes,btw…
        #HowFuckingEclecticCanAGuyGet?
        #”TheMoreYouLoveMusicTheMoreMusicYouLove”
        — Mick Jagger

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      2. MG you have great musical tastes too (as do several others on this site)…I used to be much more narrow, but over time…a little of this, a little of that…still am a born and conditioned metalhead with impulses towards (alleged) pretentiousness…but there’s a lot more gold in the hills in other mines…same thing happened with love of the Pac as a conference in the general sense (why I like this site with Owns and 75 and the occasional Duck quacking).

        Oh, and as to Helton…yeah, you got that right (speaking of which – and since that Devil has traveled south down to Georgia)…!

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      3. Well, look at it this way, James: You’re the only guy in town who could make me take a second look at the just-under-the-surface values of Black Sabbath….

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    1. Today’s back & forth between James & boxisbento …
      …more like the higher level play of Nadal/Federer at Wimbledon …..
      #..WithoutRackets…

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