USC Friday Column Supplement

With Charles White featured in today’s column, here’s a photo from the 1978 USC-Notre Dame game. It’s White carrying the ball behind All-American guard Pat Howell.

Howell was a two-time first-team all-conference pick. He was a Playboy All-American and a second-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

As for this game, USC led 24-6 at halftime but Notre Dame and Joe Montana took a 25-24 lead with 46 seconds left.

Paul McDonald threw a 10-yard pass to Vic Rakshani (in motion) and a 36-yard pass to Calvin Sweeney with 12 seconds left that got USC to the Notre Dame. With two seconds left, Frank Jordan kicked the 37-yard FG to win the game, 27-25.

60 thoughts on “USC Friday Column Supplement

  1. It’s amazing to look back and see some of the opposing QB’s USC consistently played against in the past that you didn’t realize at the time how good they were or would become. Joe Montana in 1978. Aaron Rodgers in 2004. 2 of the 4 losses in 2009 were against Nick Foles and Andrew Luck. A 3rd 2009 Loss against another future NFL QB in Jake Locker. By contrast, there were two consecutive years of NFL Drafts (2013 and either the year before or after, can’t recall) where about 23 QB’s were drafted in those two years, but only one from the SEC (Tyler Wilson by Raiders in the 4th Round from Arkansas). Those so called great SEC defenses were never challenged by good QB play until Johnny Manziel showed up followed by Kiffin getting Alabama’s Offense out of the Dark Ages. After Joe Burrow in 2019 and Kiffin putting up 48 against Alabama, haven’t heard about the great SEC defenses that they have throughout the conference much anymore have we? (Georgia 2021 the lone notable exception, but did give up 41 points and over 400 yards passing to Bryce Young in the SEC Title game). A notable thing I saw with the SEC in the 2003-2011 was the lack of upsets within their conference due to the underdogs not having enough offense to upset one of the big boys having an off day.

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  2. Dementia Joe says MAGA is the most extreme and dangerous group in recent history. Yet it’s the left who feels entitled to vandalize CHURCHES because of a leaked Supreme Court document. The Church did not draft that opinion.

    Whackos.

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    1. Another lame a$$ political post by So Cal. I respect that you are entitled
      to your opinion. My issue is not with you political views at all. This is a sports blog! You constant political post are old and stupid. CNN level stupid.

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      1. So cal sounds like a scorned little bitch. He’s still chasing dumpsters looking for voter fraud…pathetic

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      2. Nope. Just someone who’s laughing at people who were stupid enough to vote for someone who is failing in every aspect of his Presidency, leading us to a recession and possibly WWIII.

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      3. Don’t forget to give the orange cheeto credit for the GREAT RECESSION and using socialism to save capitalism…. he loves getting the fragile ego stroked.

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      1. Well STOP posting them gutless bitch-a$$. They are hard to miss when then same copy and paste shit comes up. Go cry your political bull shit on another site.

        This is a USC sports site!!

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      2. save it for TRUTH SOCIAL….. Truth Social is America’s “Big Tent” social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology. (ALL BULLSHIT)

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      3. F you! I’ll post whatever I like. Just because you don’t enjoy being reminded of what a fool you were voting for all of this, don’t think you can tell me what I can or can’t post.

        I’ll tell you where to shove it every time.

        We chat movies, restaurants, heck even Depp & Heard, not just sports. No one cries. But because you were a dumbass and voted for a senile, weak old man, you whine about it like the bitch you are. All the suffering that is going on, both in the U.S. and in Europe is on your hands and the hands of the other idiots.

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      1. No. It was the foolish Biden supporter who got triggered. He actually thinks he can tell people what they can or can’t post.

        Right in line with the left & their Ministry of Truth. Control freaks.

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      2. LAME! (MIDDLE FINGER UP)
        In the words of Pee Wee Herman: I know you are, but what I’m I?

        (go service your goats)

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      3. Someone was stupid enough to vote for a corrupt old man with dementia and has the nerve to call me lame. It would be hilarious, if it hadn’t resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of people. Biden supporters are a sick bunch.

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      4. so cal….wipe the drool and have your handler take you back to your room. By the way, the orange Cheeto is on the books for 600k covid deaths…. (touche!)

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      5. 400K died during Trump’s term. During Biden’s term, just under 600K and he’s had the vaccines the entire time. But nice try.

        Also, it was Biden who claimed throughout his campaign that he had a plan to beat it. You were obviously one of the idiots who believed him.

        Not to mention the fact that he said in Oct 2020 no one who has had 220K die on his watch should be President. I’m sure Dementia Joe has forgotten he said that.

        How anyone could have been stupid enough to vote for a cowardly, weak old guy our adversaries were destined to walk all over is anyone’s guess. As a result, Biden voters also have Afghani & Ukrainian blood on their hands.

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      6. For 18 months, Biden has been preaching to the anti-vaxxers to get vaccinated. One man can’t be responsible for the stupidity of 600k that are now rotting in their graves.
        Blaming Putin’s mental illness on Biden is ridiculous. Speaking of cowards, wasn’t it Trump who told the cult members to follow him to the Captial building, then turned and took off in the opposite direction, the action of a true coward(touche) Fox/Newsmax has you all screwed up. I’m sure your family members hide from you, I would.

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  3. Good photo. Scott Wolf please post the one of “Student Body Left” with Brad Budde (I think), Marcus Allen, Paul MacDonald, and Charles White AND the story.

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  4. I was at that game, and Paul McDonald, one of SC’s finest, pulled a rabbit out of a hat after ‘Wyoming’ almost won it for ND

    And can you imagine Pat Howell barreling down on you, and if somehow you could shed him, you now have to take down jitter-bugging Charles White?

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    1. Beautiful photos, Scott! Big Thanks! Honestly forgot what it looked like to see an o-lineman in shape and doing something to help out on a play.
      But seeing a poor, broken hearted Notre Dame player on his butt [& looking up his brokenhearted buddy’s butt] made me sad.
      #NotreDamePlayersArePeopleToo

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      1. So true.

        Of all the sports, losing in football is the most intolerable because of what the players have to go through with its inherent brutality.

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      2. Very smart observation, John…
        [Except if we’re referring to USC’s last loss to Cal …where a third of our players didn’t go thru the ‘inherent brutality’ —cuz of too much sadness]…
        #DonteSaid”IUnderstand”

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  5. I have a theory on the SCOTUS leak.

    I think it might be Roberts. He said he had problems with the reversal of Roe v Wade . What better way to make the majority backpedal and he himself calls for an investigation and he’s in charge of that investigation.

    #ItsAFootballBlog

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    1. The political comments on this site make me chuckle It’s like Thanksgiving Dinner your not allowed to the sit at the grown ups table (a real political site) so here you are at the kids table a (USC Sports blog) making political comments trying to sound grown up.

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      1. Oh, you oughta see the stupid shit I put up on the “Real Political” (such a “I’m in poo-poo awe” of MSNBC & CNN description) sites….
        #ScottNoKids'[Plural&PossessiveHere,Dogood]Table..
        #ScottBigBoyTable

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      2. LMFAO! MSDNC & FNN “real political sites”!! That’s a good one, MG!!

        They’re the ones who sold the stupidest voters on a defective product. And they were dumb enough to buy it!

        They didn’t care about the millions who would suffer, as a result of their stupidity.

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      3. They’re all old people who sit around and mainline FOX News all day. Their blood is now the Kool Aid. I mean. Yeah! Let’s put this guy in charge –

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      4. I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again. I don’t want him in 2024.

        But if he’s the nominee, so be it. ANYTHING would be better than the joke we have now.

        You have to be brain dead to even suggest Dementia Joe has us in a better place right now than Donald would have.

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      5. So Cal will you tell smackyd we can’t stand Fox or Trump either?
        #He/SheThinksHatingCNN=LovingFox&Trump
        [Okay –Now that that’s taken care of I’m back to football]….
        #PoorUCLA….
        #ProjectedAs#43InTheCountry[ThatShouldDoItForChip]..

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      6. You may not like Fox, but I do.

        The daytime hosts are somewhat objective. Cavuto would call out DT when he said something that was bs. DT hated that.

        Carlson, Hannity & Ingraham are not so objective. But they were smart enough to know JB was nowhere close to being fit for office. A person had to be stupid beyond belief not to know it.

        Gutfeld’s show is good, but it’s not a news show and not expected to be objective. Tyrus and Kat Timpf (a Trojan) are great, as are most of his guests.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing (yeah, I know —that doesn’t move you one way one the other) — Roberts might always strike the starry-eyed “40 year old virgin” pose but he’s a deceitful motherfuck (not to put too fine an edge on things)…..
      #ISaluteYou…
      #…AndJoinInMomentarilyBetrayingTheFootballnessOfTheBlog

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    3. Possibly.

      Hey look! You got the attention of one of the idiots who voted for all of this. You can tell he’s an idiot, because he thinks we can only post on one site.

      That sounds about right, in terms of the stupidity it would have required to vote for a corrupt, weak, cowardly old guy with dementia. One who actually exhibits signs of it over & over & over again. So much so, the people controlling him say where & when he can speak.

      You know, the way the Easter Bunny had to direct him away from people! I’d be embarrassed, too, if I had voted for someone who takes orders from a bunny.

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      1. ..But he didn’t take orders, So Cal….
        #HeGotRealMadAtTheEasterBunny…

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      2. About 1/2 the number of interviews during his first year compared to Trump, 1/3 compared to Obama. And only ONE during the first 4 months of his second year!

        Why? Because his handlers know his brain is mush.

        People with a brain knew long before the election that he was not mentally fit for office. We didn’t need to see thousand die as a result of his weakness & incompetence to know it.

        That’s why morons like this one hate when we bring it up. They have a lot of blood on their hands.

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  6. Can someone tell Ed G to make sure Dementia Donnie has his pants on correctly? Also since Donnie can’t remember the names of the candidates he’s endorsing he should write them down or use a teleprompter.

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    1. Okay –I have to agree with you on that last part. Rule of thumb: Never blurt out the name of the opposition candidate when you’re endorsing someone.
      #Biden’sPrompterShouldRead:Don’tCallOurEnemies”BadDudes”..
      #[..AndTryNotToSoilDiapers]

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  7. Returning to sports, did anyone see the highlights of that Ja Morant for Memphis?
    That kid is the return of Kobe, and possibly Michael Jordan. Or maybe he is from a faraway time that has never before been explored

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    1. No. But I did see that Oliveira missed weight for UFC’s main event tomorrow night! Cancelled the fight and stripped him of his belt.

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      1. Mayweather used to do that –and they let him fight overweight (big advantage) and they’d give him a light fine…

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      2. They will sometimes leave it to the opponent. If he accepts, he gets a percentage of the heavy guy’s purse.

        Gaethje may have said no. Or if it was a repeat offense, they didn’t even give him the option.

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      3. Good point. [btw, It’s insane to fight a guy who has TRAINED to fight you from a heavier weight class — all your strategy goes down the toilet]….

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  8. What’s funny about Joe’s voters…

    I’m sure many of them are shaking their heads about Russians who are falling for Putin propaganda on state run media. Simple fact is, those Russians are no more gullible than they were, for believing our LSM when they sold the story that Dementia Joe would be a great President!

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    1. Did you see where he said today that America needs to “conquer” Spanish speaking people?
      #wtf?!

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    2. No. But I did hear his remark about 25% of kids speaking Spanish!

      Of course, you senile old man! You’ve removed our southern border, so of course we’re going to have millions of kids speaking Spanish!

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  9. It’s student body right not left = Roy Foster was a tremendous guard I remember he had the running speed and agility to run down the field with our running backs. Don Mosebar, Brad Budde , Chris Foote/Tony Slaton, Bruce Matthews, and Keith Van Horne were all very good offensive lineman.

    Our offensive lineman in the Helton era could not even move at the snap of the ball yet alone pull on sweeps which was very rare in the air raid offense.

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    1. Is it any wonder nobody any good wanted to join our line? Riley knows he has to work real hard to repair USC’s reputation in this all-important area of our offense.

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  10. Okay, folks. We’ve had our fun at Biden & Trump’s expense. Let’s stick to sports until further notice. I’ve been thinking about it —Scott goes to way too much trouble sharing great Trojan photos and history with us for us to pay him back like this.
    Riley is gonna make 2022 Payback Season —let’s enjoy it.

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    1. The season is months off and Biden is too much of a joke to ignore.

      Not to mention the fact that as a compassionate human being, I can’t see people suffer without commenting. I realize it’ll make the morons who voted for all of this cry. But they deserve to be reminded of how stupid they were.

      Now if baseball gave us more to chat about, OK. But 23-20? Ugh.

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  11. After seeing a couple of interviews with Saffie Joseph Jr, I am leaning towards White Abarrio in the Run for the Roses today. Always nice seeing a new guy win, especially a third generation horse guy. It’s in his blood.

    Sorry Lukas, Baffert, Zito. It’s time to pass the torch!

    White Abarrio is one that Boogs mentioned the other day. Was 10:1 yesterday. Not sure where he is now.

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  12. Tis yet another day where
    Reliable sources have yet to
    Understand that any
    Mention of Jordon Addison
    Puts people in a bind

    In the Pitt of their
    Stomach

    But another day without
    External political blather
    Takes on a whole different scope
    Than sports talk.
    Even when you agree that
    Real sports talk is hard

    To come by
    Herein.
    Any time I come here I prefer to remain
    Neutral.

    But occasionally
    I
    Don’t have a choice
    Except to hide
    Normal thought in my sports talk.

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  13. To remain neutral is fine. Heck, even disagreeing.

    But for someone to think it’s their place to tell people what they can or can’t post?! F them! I’ll post whatever the f I want to.

    But that’s Libs for you. All about control. Dementia Man claimed he was going to be a President for all and that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s been more divisive than DT or BO. (BO really started it all, pitting us against each other like no other Prez.)

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    1. On an unrelated front –it just hit me — Oliveira was probably stripped of his title to give Connor Macgregor a title shot down the road….
      #August? September?

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      1. Seems the men at Churchill Downs wanted to get the same attention women do for their hats. A LOT more crazy sports coats than usual.

        You always saw a few, but they’ve become much more popular. I like it!!

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