UCLA / USC: THE RIVALRY
1939 (USC 0, UCLA 0)--Trojan defender Bobby Robertson knocked down a potential game-winning touchdown pass by Bruin Ned Matthews with time running out to preserve the tie before 103,303 at the Coliseum, still the largest crowd to watch a game between these two teams.
1944 (UCLA 13, USC 13)--Johnny Roesch scored twice in the last two minutes, including an 80-yard punt return on the game’s final play, to get the Bruins a tie. But the real drama came on the extra-point attempt after the return touchdown. Still trailing, 13-12, with no time on the clock, Bob Waterfield’s attempt hit the crossbar and trickled over, to give the Bruins a tie.
1958 (USC 15, UCLA 15)--Trailing, 15-7, with 6:50 to play, USC’s Luther Hayes returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and Tom Maudlin ran in the two-point conversion to get a tie for the Trojans.
1965 (UCLA 20, USC 16)--The Bruins overcame a 16-6 deficit to win, with the go-ahead points coming on a 52-yard touchdown pass play from Bruin quarterback Gary Beban to receiver Kurt Altenberg.
1967 (USC 21, UCLA 20)--O.J. Simpson raced off on a 64-yard touchdown run with 10:38 left in the game to give USC the Rose Bowl berth in the Trojans’ national championship year.
1969 (USC 14, UCLA 12)--Sam Dickerson caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 left to give the Trojans the Rose Bowl berth.
1977 (USC 29, UCLA 27)--With two second remaining, kicker Frank Jordan ran onto the Coliseum field and connected on a 38-yard field goal to give the Trojans a win, and prevent the Bruins from reaching the Rose Bowl game.
1980 (UCLA 20, USC 17)--The Bruins pulled out a victory with less than two minutes to go in 1980 when tailback Freeman McNeil caught a 58-yard pass from Jay Schroeder that USC safety Jeff Fisher tipped.
1981 (USC 22, UCLA 21)--On the final play of the game, Bruin kicker Norm Johnson attempted a 46-yard field goal but it was blocked by George Achica to preserve the Trojan win. Once again, a Trojan win prevented the Bruins from reaching the Rose Bowl.
1982 (UCLA 20, USC 19)--The Trojans scored as time expired to pull within one, and went for the two-point conversion and the win. As Trojan quarterback Scott Tinsley looked for a receiver, Karl Morgan sacked him to preserve the Bruin win.
1985 (USC 17, UCLA 13)--Trojan quarterback Rodney Peete, well-known for his fumbles, held onto the ball and scored on a one-yard sneak with 1:13 to play.
1987 (USC 17, UCLA 13)--The Trojans trailed, 13-0, late in the third quarter, but came back to win, thanks in large part to Erik Affholter’s juggling, corner-of-the-endzone, still-disputed 33-yard touchdown catch with 7:59 to play.
1989 (UCLA 10, USC 10)--A 54-yard field-goal attempt by Bruin kicker Alfredo Velasco hit the crossbar and bounced back.
Los Angeles District Attorney
USC class of ’63
UCLA Law School Class of ’67
On his future plans and the rivalry: “I heard UCLA and USC are looking for a quarterback, now that I’m almost out of a job maybe [I can do that]. . . . I’m a UCLA basketball fan--with football it gets to be harder [to choose]. I like watching an exiting game.
“When I go watch games with UCLA alums and I get exited about an SC play they look at me like ‘Who is this guy?’ It’s the same if I’m with SC fans. . . . I’ll be at the game [Saturday] sitting [with UCLA fans]. But I’ll most likely root for USC--we’ve got to even things out. . . . [But] I’ll have empathy afterward for the loser.”
UCLA Class of ’96
On USC players:
“You see them at the parties, you see them around town, then you go out there and play ‘em. It’s kind of like the game. Bragging rights. City championship. It’s great, man. I never lost to them.”
NOW YOU KNOW
In 1975 defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo, father of Washington quarterback Marques became UCLA’s first true freshman to start.
The Huskies are coached by former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel who began his collegiate playing career as a walk-on.
He was holding kicks before leading the Bruins to the 1984 Rose Bowl where he was named the MVP. He also defeated USC that year but became a Trojan alumnus after he received his law degree from USC in 1990, while also working as an assistant football coach at UCLA.
Neuheisel could return to the Rose Bowl if the Washington defeats Washington State and Oregon State defeats Oregon on Saturday,