Flashback: 1975, USC vs. Ohio State

Kyle BunchSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2008

Video via user SCkego on YouTube and mothcontrol.com/sc.

Sometimes you have to look to the past to get a glimpse of things to come. So here's your glimpse. New Years Day, 1975. The granddaddy of them all: The Rose Bowl. No. 4 USC clinched the Pac-8 to face No. 2 Ohio State...and the rest is history.

With OSU leading by seven going into the final minutes of the game, Pat Haden threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Mckay in the corner of the end zone. Instead of kicking the extra point and taking the tie, Coach John McKay decided to go for two, and Haden completed another pass for the conversion.

USC's 18-17 win, coupled with Alabama's loss to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, vaulted them to No. 1 in the UPI poll and their second national title in three years. USC leads Ohio State in the all-time series 11-9-1.

From 1975 forward, the Trojans have won all five matches against the Buckeyes, including three Rose Bowl victories, one home game, and one away. The first time the two teams met was October 9th, 1937, and yes, the Trojans won that too, 13-12.

*Stats via Stassen.com

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