November 15, 1987 |
Corby Smith was wearing a USC Trojan T-shirt, but his heart was with the Arizona Wildcats. Smith, the 14-year-old son of USC (and ex-Arizona) football Coach Larry Smith, was near tears after the Trojans came back to beat the Wildcats, 12-10, Saturday before 51,428 fans at the Coliseum to set up next week's Rose Bowl showdown with UCLA. Corby and his mother, Cheryl, were hugging the Arizona players as they walked into the locker room after the game.
April 19, 1987 |
Larry Smith doesn't smoke cigars, deliver snappy one-liners or drive around the USC practice field in a golf cart. But longtime observers of the school's football program have noted that the new USC coach conducts practice in much the same manner as John McKay. This doesn't necessarily mean that Smith will be as successful as McKay, who won 4 national championships and made 8 Rose Bowl appearances in 16 years at USC. But there is a similarity in coaching style and organization.
October 12, 1990 |
Until last week, when he missed from 27 yards against Washington State, Trojan kicker Quin Rodriguez had been successful on all 24 of his field-goal attempts from closer than 30 yards. Coach Larry Smith said Rodriguez had lined up wrong. "He hit the ball really well," Smith said. "He kicked it exactly where he had lined up. He just had a lapse (when lining up). It wasn't that he didn't hit it well, or he lost concentration. He hit it (well)."
November 23, 1990 |
The USC-Notre Dame series, which resumes Saturday night at the Coliseum, has been dominated in recent years by Notre Dame, which hasn't lost to the Trojans since 1982. "It's been a great seven years if you're a Notre Dame fan," Irish nose tackle Chris Zorich told Frank Welch of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune after last year's 28-24 victory at South Bend, Ind. "It's the kind of streak where the other team thinks it's jinxed.
November 27, 1988 |
Notre Dame retained its ranking as the nation's No. 1 college football team by beating second-ranked USC, 27-10, Saturday at the Coliseum before a crowd of 93,829. Big plays by the Irish coupled with four turnovers by USC were the decisive factors in the game. Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice ran 65 yards to a touchdown on an option play in the first quarter.
August 23, 1987
Tailback Ryan Knight, playing mostly with the second team, ran for 64 yards in 11 carries Saturday, including touchdown runs of 15 and 8 yards, during an intrasquad scrimmage at USC. Other highlights of the 120-play scrimmage included a 19-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Ricky Ervins, who played in the first-team backfield with freshman tailback Scott Lockwood and quarterback Rodney Peete, and field goals of 40, 44 and 52 yards by freshman Quin Rodriguez.