Roundtable: USC vs. Notre Dame
November, 21, 2012
By WeAreSC staff | ESPN Insider
Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesWith freshman Max Wittek starting on Saturday, USC will need to establish the run in order to beat Notre Dame.Max Wittek can play a big role in the USC-ND rivalry in his first extended action. Who is your all-time unsung hero in this rivalry?
Garry Paskwietz: Sammy Knight. In 1996, the Trojans were losing, 14-6, to the Irish in the fourth quarter when Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus hit Malcolm Johnson with a pass near the USC goal line. A score there and the Irish probably go on to win, but Knight made the play of the day when he stripped the ball from behind and recovered inside the 5-yard line. USC drove the length of the field to tie the game and went on to win, 27-20, in overtime to break a 13-year winless streak against the Irish.
Greg Katz: My favorite unsung hero would be linebacker David Lewis in the 1974 comeback game. Lewis made a tremendous tackle on Mark McLane on the Trojans' kickoff following Anthony Davis legendary 102-yard scoring kickoff return. The hit by Lewis brought the Coliseum crowd to its feet.