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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Trojans get revenge, knock Alabama off high horse
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 23, 1978
Last season, the USC Trojans were riding high at No. 1 when Alabama knocked them off their horse, ending their 15-game winning streak with a 21-20 upset in Los Angeles. Today in Birmingham, Ala., USC gains its revenge.
The No. 7 Trojans, 10½-point underdogs, stop top-ranked Alabama's 12-game winning streak with a 24-14 upset. Coach John Robinson's game plan is simple: student body left or student body right for Charles White. The tailback scores on a 40-yard run in the first quarter on his way to 199 yards on 29 carries.
"We were just out to physically dominate them," USC offensive tackle Anthony Munoz says. "It was nothing fancy - just our basic offense."
When Alabama quarterback Jeff Rutledge is asked about the Tide's chance for a national championship, he says, "We're not through yet. It's a 12-game season for us."
He's right. Alabama will win its remaining nine games to finish 11-1 and No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. USC will wind up atop the United Press International poll.
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