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UCLA's first win over USC

UCLA’s first win over USC

Dec. 12, 1942: Trojans halfback Howard Callanan (33) tried but failed to avoid UCLA’s Ev Riddle (22) during second-quarter action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Riddle (22) and Trojan Ralph Heywood (87) are in the background.

UCLA won, 14-7, in its first victory over USC. Los Angeles Times staff writer Paul Zimmerman reported the next day:

Those indomitable Bruins of  U.C.L.A. finally broke the shackles of the Southern California Trojans yesterday and at the same time hammered down the fettered gates to the Rose Bowl.

This escape and entry took place at Memorial Coliseum when Coach Babe Horrell’s boys beat their cross-town rivals, 14-7, in a tightly played, cleanly contested, bruising football game before 87,000 tense customers.

It was the Uclans’ first triumph over the Trojans in nine contests. They accomplished it the hard way, looking mighty good in doing it and the victory left the vote of the Pacific Coast Conference a mere formality which came a few hours later to give them their first official trip to Pasadena.

UCLA lost the 1943 Rose Bowl game to Georgia, 9-0.


  1. November 30, 2010, 7:16 am

    I thought that newspapers were not supposed to be biased towards a certain team. UCLA first win over USC- seems to be highly biased towards UCLA in terms of media reporting this weekend. Unless its describing how UCLA does not win very often, and when it does it is newsworthy then it makes more sense.

    By: DJDieuw
  2. November 30, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Yes, they were beaten eight times previously, hence the enthusiasm for this win.

    By: Zork
  3. November 30, 2010, 2:21 pm

    So some of the white jerseys seem to have a dark stroke around them to separate them from the BG? IS that part of the retouching process of the time? Done to improve how the photo lays down on newsprint? What's the deal therre?

  4. November 30, 2010, 8:06 pm

    You are correct, there are strokes added to this image to improve its reproduction in the Los Angeles Times. This image was scanned from the original 1942 print used for its publication in the paper.

    For years the Los Angeles Times had a separate department whose job was to retouch images for newspaper reproduction. This retouching was a common practice at many newspapers in the mid-20th century.

    Thanks for your observation and question.

    By: Scott Harrison
  5. December 3, 2010, 5:02 pm

    That's a classic shot. Thanks for showing it. I wonder what the concussion rate was in those days. Been hearing it was minimal since the lack of a face mask kept the players from leading with their heads.

    By: Don Klosterman

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