Rose Bowl



Purdue 14

USC 13



Purdue Fight Song


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Purdue escaped with a 14-13 triumph in the Rose Bowl Monday after Southern California’s surprising Trojans gambled for two points in a desperate attempt to win and the move failed. As a jammed crowd of 101,455 stood in suspense with 2:28 remaining, Trojan quarterback Troy Winslow in the conversion attempt fired a pass intended for Jim Lawrence. But Co-Captain and defensive back George Catavolos rushed in to intercept the throw, and the curtain came down moments later (video). Winslow, the far less heralded field general for the Trojans, moved his team to within victory distance with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Rod Sherman with the clock showing 2:28 left (video).

The drama in the 21st clash in the big bowl between the Big Ten and the Pacific-8 was wrapped up in the final eight minutes as Purdue, in its first appearance ever in this postseason classic, held off the belated Trojan challenge. Bob Griese, the Boilermakers’ superb quarterback, directed the visitors to their two touchdowns, and fullback Perry Williams slammed over from the one and the two-yard lines for the scores.

Don McCall, Southern Cal’s hard hitting halfback, put the Trojans on the board with a 7-7 tying burst over the middle from a yard out. Purdue, after a scoreless first quarter, drove 57 yards for the first touchdown, and Winslow, McCall, Sherman and mates traveled 44 yards for the tying touchdown just before the half ended. The Boilermakers went in front 14-7 in the third period (video) and appeared to be home free until the Trojans fired up in the fourth.

Football writers voted John Charles, Purdue’s tremendous defensive halfback, as player of the game, and announcement drew heavy applause from the happy Hoosier fans basking under the bright California sun.

The Boilermakers, two touchdown favorites, took the opening kickoff and paraded 65 yards in 14 plays, with Griese completing four out of six passes. But the vaunted Trojan defense stopped the thrust on the five-yard line. Griese and the Boilermakers mounted another drive, rolling 57 yards in 16 plays, and this one produced their initial touchdown (video).

It took USC two trips into Purdue land before it scored. A fumble by McCall, recovered by the alert Charles, gave Purdue possession on its nine and blunted the first Trojan thrust. The Trojans came back with another drive, this one for 44 yards and a one-yard blast by McCall for their first touchdown tying it at 7-7 (video). The Trojans were helped by a break in midfield. They were lined up to punt on fourth down when a Purdue lineman jumped offside. The five yards gave USC the vital first down, and the drive resumed.

There was still excitement in the wild finish. Purdue had to give up the ball, and with :21 seconds remaining, USC lined up- only to have the officials call time for two reasons: the joyous Boilermaker fans had swarmed onto the playing field, and goal posts at each end had been torn down. Winslow, however, was thrown for a loss on the final play. Winslow turned in the days better passing performance hitting on 12 out of 17 throws for 174 yards and a touchdown, while Griese completed 10 of 18 for 139.


Purdue MVP, John Charles (23), closes in on Jim Lawrence.


Purdue's big Clanton King moves in to stop Dom McCall.


Bill Jaroncyk of USC saves a touchdown by breaking up a pass to Jim Beirne (81) in the first quarter.


USC's Troy Wilson fumbles in the second half.


Catavolos' interception sealed the game for Purdue.


Attendance- 101,438

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
PU- Williams 1 run (Griese kick)
USC- McCall 1 run (Roosovich kick)

Third Quarter
PU- Williams 2 run (Griese kick)
USC- Sherman 19 pass from Winslow (pass failed)


Individual Statistics


PU- Williams 20-61, 11-25, Griese 6-15

USC- McCall 22-92, Hull 7-53, Williams 5-29


PU- Griese 10-18-139

USC: Winslow 12-17-174


PU- Beirne 4-69, Hurst 2-27, Griffin 2-19, Baltzell

USC- Sherman 7-102, Lawrence 3-52, McCall