Every Saturday by means of the season, the Hotline will spotlight a handful of memorable Pac-12 video games.
Right here we go …
Sept. 23, 1978: USC 24, Alabama 14
The Crimson Tide was No. 1, enjoying in Birmingham and in possession of a 12-recreation wining streak.
The Trojans confirmed up with Charles White, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, Chip Banks, Brad Budde and Anthony Munoz and proceeded to dominate.
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“I don’t know how good we are,” Bear Bryant said, “but they are a helluva lot better than we are.”
The Trojans were good enough to win all but one game and claim the UPI/Coaches national championship.
Sept. 23, 1989: Michigan 24, UCLA 23.
The fifth-raked Wolverines escaped the Rose Bowl with a victory despite trailing by eight points with less than two minutes remaining.
Elvis Grbac threw a short touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion failed.
No matter: Michigan recovered the on-side kick, and J.D. Carlson drilled a 24-yard field goal with one second left for the win.
UCLA’s starting quarterback that day: Bret Johnson. Michigan’s starting flanker: Desmond Howard.
Sept. 23, 2000: Oregon 29, UCLA 10.
Had the Hotline been in existence and writing a picks column, the Ducks would have been easy fake money:
UCLA was coming off a victory over No. 3 Michigan, which followed by two weeks a victory over No. 3 Alabama — a letdown was inevitable.
The Ducks, meanwhile, were in the early weeks of a Joey Harrington-led charge to a share of the conference title, Oregon’s first since its breakthrough season in 1994.
Maurice Morris rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins, on the other hand, rushed for minus-9 yards.
Sept. 23, 2016: Utah 31, USC 27.
One of the best games of the ’16 season, under the Friday night lights in Rice-Eccles, will be remembered in Salt Lake City for the Utes’ 93-yard game-winning drive.
Everywhere else, it will be remembered as the first start in the career of USC quarterback Sam Darnold.
And the rookie did better than okay, completing 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and no interceptions.
Had the Trojans stopped Utah on the final drive — and had the rest of the season played out as it did — they would have won the South and faced Washington in the conference title game.
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