December 11, 1987 |
As USC begins practice today for its Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game against Michigan State, a problem that existed in September is still evident: How to crack the Spartans' sophisticated defense against running plays? USC gained only 61 yards rushing while losing to Michigan State, 27-13, in a season-opening game Sept. 7 at East Lansing, Mich. USC Coach Larry Smith said he thought at the time that his offense did a poor job of attacking the Spartans in that game.
November 9, 1987 |
The time has come for organizers of the Rose Bowl to stop talking about doing something and get off their duffs and do it . The time has come to stop worrying so much about which pretty girl is going to be the Rose Queen, and to stop worrying about which pile of Kleenex is going to be judged Best Float, and to do something about the football game . The time has come to dump the Big Ten.
September 1, 1988 |
Late in the fourth quarter of last season's game against USC at the Coliseum, Boston College quarterback Mike Power decided to run, rather than pass, on fourth-and-1 from the USC 33-yard line. It was the wrong decision. Power was thrown for a 1-yard loss by linebacker Delmar Chesley. The Trojans had dodged a bullet with three minutes left and went on to win, 23-17. "He had some people open, but he scrambled," Boston College Coach Jack Bicknell said.
November 16, 1988 |
If someone had suggested at the start of the season that USC would have a 9-0 record in November and a No. 2 national ranking without a dominating-type tailback, he would have been flaunting tradition. More to the point, the suggestion wouldn't have been credible. The only difference now is that USC's offense is productive with tailbacks , not an individual such as Mike Garrett, O. J. Simpson, Ricky Bell, Anthony Davis, Charles White or Marcus Allen.
September 7, 1988 |
Traditionalists accustomed to watching a USC tailback account for most of the rushing yardage in a game will be seeing a more democratic system this season. It wasn't unusual for O. J. Simpson or Marcus Allen to carry the ball 40 or more times. As John McKay, the former USC coach, said, "The ball isn't heavy." However, in USC's season-opening, 34-7 win over Boston College last Thursday night, Coach Larry Smith used five running backs with gratifying results.
November 7, 1987 |
There are two words that turn off USC football Coach Larry Smith quicker than any others: Rose Bowl. Smith, of course, realizes that if his team beats Stanford today at the Coliseum and Arizona here next week, the Trojans will be involved in a Rose Bowl showdown Nov. 21 with UCLA. But Smith is living the cliche of one game at a time. He can only hope that his team is similarly focused.
April 16, 1988 |
With spring football practice concluding Friday at USC, Coach Larry Smith is happy with the way his defense has performed. "It's a big-play defense, and it was the dominant side of football in the spring," Smith said. Smith, however, had only 10 of his top 22 offensive players available, which may partially explain his lack of enthusiasm for the offense.
October 1, 1988 |
For Arizona fans, absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder for USC Coach Larry Smith. Nor does another cliche apply: Out of sight, out of mind. There definitely will be an anti-Smith element at Arizona Stadium tonight when the Trojans play the Wildcats in a Pacific 10 Conference game. There is still some resentment here over Smith's leaving the Arizona coaching job in January, 1987, to become USC's coach. "Smithbuster" T-shirts are a hot item here.
December 29, 1987 |
Mark Carrier probably would like to forget the first game he ever played for USC. But he is being reminded of it this week. A redshirt freshman, who missed the 1986 season because of a broken foot, Carrier was the starting free safety Sept. 7 against Michigan State at East Lansing, Mich., in a Labor Day nationally televised special at night. The game wasn't very special, though, for Carrier and the Trojans, who were beaten, 27-13.