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Trojan kicking great Chris Limahelu dies

4/7/2010

Chris Limahelu, a former USC placekicker who was a member of the 1974 Trojans' national championship team, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of prostate cancer, the school announced. He was 59.

Limahelu, a native of Indonesia, was known primarily for kicking the game-winning field goal against Stanford in 1973, his first year with the Trojans. At just 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, Limahelu surprised many with his soccer-style kicking when he converted the first kick of his college career against Arkansas in September of that year.

Limahelu transferred to USC after a season at Citrus College in Glendora. Over his two-year career as the starting kicker, Limahelu made 24-of-35 field goal attempts and 70-of-77 PAT's. He twice broke the school's then-64-year-old record for longest kick, converting on a 50-yard attempt during his senior season.

Both the 1973 and 1974 USC teams, playing under legendary coach John McKay, made it to the Rose Bowl and played against Ohio State — but only the 1974 team won. Limahelu was named to the All Pac-8 first team following the season.

His nephew and godson, Sean Limahelu, walked on to the USC team in 2005 as a punter.

The full release from the school is available here.