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SLAUGHTER IN THE COLISEUM
Herman Hickman
November 29, 1954
The Trojans fought like Trojans, blunted the Bruin attack and held the score close for a good while. But the issue was seldom in doubt
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November 29, 1954

Slaughter In The Coliseum

The Trojans fought like Trojans, blunted the Bruin attack and held the score close for a good while. But the issue was seldom in doubt

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Some cynics say the Sanders-Neyland version of the single wing is antiquated, yet it crushed a good USC team equipped with all the versions of the "multiple offense." But in the final analysis, it was not the system of offense that decided the game so much as the beautifully coached and well-manned Bruin defense. Not by the wildest stretch of imagination could this defensive display be called "horse and buggy" football. UCLA intercepted five passes and ran them back for a total of 167 yards, a feat in itself enough to beat any team. USC's running attack was held to a net gain of just five yards.

I had heard much of UCLA Tackle Jack Ellena and Guard Jim Salsbury. They lived up to their advance notices, but the best man on the field was End Bob Long, who packs 220 pounds on a 6-foot 4-inch frame. He did everything a football player should. Why he is unsung, I don't know, but if I know the pros, he'll be somebody's first draft choice.

I know that overemphasis is a horrid word, but wouldn't it be wonderful if UCLA could play Ohio State or Oklahoma, someplace, somehow?

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