L.A.'s greatest sports moments No. 7: Anthony Davis defeats Notre Dame
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We asked you to send in your picks for the greatest sports moments in L.A. history, and 1,181 ballots later we are unveiling the top 20 vote-getters. Each weekday we will unveil a new moment until we reach No. 1.
No. 7: Anthony Davis leads USC’s comeback win over Notre Dame in 1974 (3,147 points)
The date was Nov. 30, 1974. USC trailed Notre Dame, 24-0, late in the second quarter when Trojans tailback Anthony Davis decided enough was enough.
With 10 seconds remaining before halftime, Davis scored on a seven-yard pass from Pat Haden. The two-point conversion failed, and the Trojans trailed 24-6 at the half.
Davis took the opening kick of the second half 102 yards to open the floodgates for USC, which scored 35 points in the third quarter.
With only 3:25 elapsed in the third quarter Davis scored a third touchdown on a six-yard run. Then with 8:37 left in the third, Davis added his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a four-yard dash, then added a two-point conversion to give the Trojans a 27-24 lead, with Davis accounting for 26 of USC’s 27 points.
USC went on to win the game in a rout, 55-24.
The game also changed the way the Heisman Trophy winner was decided. In 1974, ballots were due before the end of the season and before that year’s USC-Notre Dame game. Anthony finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Archie Griffin. From that day forward, Heisman voting would take place after all the regular season games had been played.
-- Houston Mitchell