John Robinson was offensive coordinator for USC when Hogs beat them 22-7 in 1974

There's nothing like the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
 
 

2006 USC Trojans vs Arkansas Part 1

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2006 USC Trojans vs Arkansas

Today John Robinson told some funny stories at the Little Rock Touchdown Club and some interesting trivia facts. Did you know that USC won several national titles under John McKay with Frank Broyles defensive scheme!!!!

John Robinson was the offensive coordinator at USC when they came to Little Rock in 1974.

I got this from fanbase:

Date   Opponent   Result
Sep 14, 1974 at Arkansas L 7 – 22
Sep 28, 1974 at Pittsburgh W 16 – 7
Oct 5, 1974 vs Iowa W 41 – 3
Oct 12, 1974 at Washington State W 54 – 7
Oct 19, 1974 at Oregon W 16 – 7
Oct 26, 1974 vs Oregon State W 31 – 10
Nov 2, 1974 vs California T 15 – 15
Nov 9, 1974 at Stanford W 34 – 10
Nov 16, 1974 vs Washington W 42 – 11
Nov 23, 1974 at UCLA W 34 – 9
Nov 30, 1974   Notre Dame W 55 – 24
Rose Bowl
Jan 1, 1975 vs Ohio State (neutral location) W 18 – 17

RB Anthony Davis of USC v Notre Dame_1974.jpg 

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USC Trojans head coach John McKay and running back Anthony Davis at a game in 1974.
Photo: George Long/WireImage
The Hogs beat USC the first game of the season but the Trojans came back and won the national title. Wikipedia reports:
SeptemberIn the preseason poll released on September 2, 1974, the AP ranked Oklahoma #1, followed by #2 Ohio State, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Alabama and #5 USC.September 7 #3 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Arizona State, UCLA and Houstonwere among the few schools playing that week. The poll was: 1.Oklahoma 2.Notre Dame 3.Alabama 4.Ohio State 5.USCSeptember 14 #1 Oklahoma beat Baylor, 28-11. #2 Notre Dame was idle. #3 Alabama won at #14 Maryland, 21-16. #4 Ohio State won at Minnesota, 34-19. #5 USC lost to Arkansas in Little Rock, 22-7. #7 Nebraska, which beat Oregon in its opener, 61-7, rose to fourth. The poll was 1.Notre Dame 2.Ohio State 3.Oklahoma 4.Nebraska 5.AlabamaSeptember 21 #1 Notre Dame won at Northwestern, 49-3. #2 Ohio State beat Oregon State 51-10. #3 Oklahoma was idle. #4 Nebraska lost at Wisconsin, 21-20. #5 Alabama beat Southern Mississippi at Alabama, 52-0. #6 Michigan, which beat Colorado, 31-0, rose to fifth. The poll was 1.Notre Dame 2.Ohio State 3.Oklahoma 4.Alabama 5.MichiganSeptember 28 #1 Notre Dame lost to Purdue, 31-20. #2 Ohio State defeated SMU, 28-9. #3 Oklahoma rolled over visiting Utah State, 72-3.#4 Alabama beat Vanderbilt 23-10. #5 Michigan beat Navy, 52-0 #9 Texas A&M, which won at Washington 28-15, rose to fifth. The poll was 1.Ohio State 2.Oklahoma 3.Alabama 4.Michigan 5.Texas A & M.

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QB Pat Haden, FB Ricky Bell & TB Anthony Davis of USC v Ohio St_1975 Rose Bowl_.JPG

 
 
 
 

Nebraska defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl played on New Year’s Eve. On New Years Day, Penn State defeated the surprise SWC champion Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. Then things got really interesting. 3rd ranked Ohio State (led by Woody Hayes) and #4 USC (coached by John McKay) played in the Rose Bowl before a crowd of 106,721 in Pasadena. Ohio State led 7-3 after three quarters, and 17-10 in the closing minutes. With 2:03 left, Pat Haden fired a 38-yard pass to John McKay, Jr. (son of USC’s coach) to make the score 17-16. Coach McKay then passed up a chance for a tie over the favored Buckeyes, and ordered the Trojans to go for two. Shelton Diggs dived to catch Haden’s low pass in the end zone to give USC an 18-17 lead. Ohio State could only get close enough for a desperation 62-yard field goal attempt that fell about 8 yards short as time expired.[4]

Alabama, coached by Bear Bryant was ranked #1 in the UPI poll, and #2 (behind on-probation Oklahoma) in the AP, as it went to the Orange Bowl, where it faced 9th ranked Notre Dame, playing its final game under Ara Parseghian. The Irish went out to a 13-0 lead early in the game, but Bama battled back with a field goal, a touchdown and a two point run to close the score to 13-11 with three minutes left. After ruling out an onside kick attempt, the Tide force a Notre Dame punt and got the ball back with 1:37 left. Quarterback Richard Todd attempted to drive the team to field goal range, but he threw his 3rd interception of the game, and Notre Dame ran out the clock to preserve the upset win.

In the final UPI poll, USC was ranked first, with Alabama 2nd, Ohio State 3rd, Michigan 4th and Notre Dame 5th. The Trojans were #2 in the AP poll, where the Oklahoma Sooners were the first place choice for 51 of the 60 writers. The NCAA recognized both the Sooners and the Trojans as champions in its football guide.

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