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USC wins 1925 homecoming game

USC wins 1925 homecoming game

Nov. 21, 1925: USC halfback Morley Drury is tackled by two Iowa Hawkeye players during the homecoming game at the Coliseum. USC won 18-0.

The original Nov. 22, 1925, Los Angeles Times caption took a different slant on this image:

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Take a look at this picture and you’ll know why insurance companies consider football players in the same light with bandits, race-track drivers and others whose span of existence is usually short. Photo shows Morley Drury, Trojan halfback, having almost broken in two by several of his Iowa playmates. Note how Mr. Drury’s torso is being stretched. He left the game soon after his incident.

Writer Braven Dyer reported on the game length in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:

In the slowest athletic contest since that memorable encounter between the tortoise and the hare, U.S.C. defeated the Iowa football team, 18 to 0, before 66,000 fans at the Coliseum yesterday afternoon. Everything went off as per schedule, the Trojans winning by the three-touchdown margin which had been rather generally predicted, but nobody expected that is would take the athletes 2 hours and 45 minutes to settle their differences. That’s the amount of time the teams consumed and Zack Farmer, proprietor of the Coliseum, had to turn the lights on so the fans could find their way out of the big bowl…

This photo by staff photographer George Watson was published in the Nov. 22, 1925, Los Angeles Times.

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