1945: 75 YEARS AGO
It appeared to be a total mismatch from the start. The mighty Trojans against a Tennessee
team made up mostly of freshmen. Led by the arm and leg of quarterback Capt. Jim Hardy
in his final game, undefeated USC overcame a slow start and demolished the visiting
Hardy, nursing a fever that kept him up the previous night, played the entire game,
throwing a final 49-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Scott MacLachlen that
broke several records. The touchdown pass, added to the 22-yard TD pass he threw in the
second quarter to Paul Salata, gave Hardy five for his Rose Bowl career, a record through
the first 31 years of the game.
The touchdown passes were also his ninth and 10th of the season, breaking Russ Saunders’
Trojan mark of nine in a season (in 1929). Hardy also ran for a 9-yard score and handled the
Salata’s score was described by one writer as a “beautiful bit of gridiron deception” after
the Trojans worked their way into Tennessee territory at the 22-yard line: “Hardy took the ball
and started around his right end on a play that has been peculiar to the Trojans all season.
He galloped as though he was headed for the Colorado State bridge, but all of a sudden he
stopped dead still. The Volunteers were chasing him, hell for leather, and were just upon him
when he quit running and heaved the ball over his left shoulder in the opposite direction
in which the play was headed. Standing over there in the corner of the end zone was Paul
Salata, who took the ball all by his lonesome for the second touchdown.”
Hardy had a chance for another score in the closing minutes of the first half, but his pass
to Salata in the end zone was ruled out of bounds.
“The best passer I’ve ever seen,” was the way Tennessee quarterback Capt. Billy Bevis
Tennessee Coach John Barnhill was equally impressed with the play of 245-pound
Trojan tackle Johnny Ferraro, who gave Hardy the time to throw all day. “He is truly an All-
American,” Barnhill said of Ferraro, who went on to become a longtime Los Angeles City
Council president. Barnhill said that he would put Hardy in the same All-American category.
The Trojans outplayed the Vols in every facet of the game. They won the total-yards battle,
311 to 170. Tennessee freshman Buster Stephens carried the ball 14 times for 82 yards for the
only real bright spot on the day for the visitors.
“All Tennessee needed was a little more experience,” USC coach Jeff Cravath said. He
added that in the first half USC “looked worse than I have ever seen us look.”
USC 25, OREGON 0
USC 6 6 0 13 25
TENNESSEE 0 0 0 0 0
USC J. Callanan 30 blocked-punt return (kick failed)
USC Salata 22 pass from Hardy (kick failed)
USC Hardy 9 run (West kick)
USC MacLachlan 49 pass from Hardy (kick failed)
USC: Jeff Cravath
Tennessee: John H. Barnhill
Jim Hardy set a Rose Bowl Game record by producing
six touchdowns (five passing and one running) in
the 1944 and 1945 games.
Team Stats USC Tennessee
First Downs 15 8
Net Yards Rushing 258 153
Net Yards Passing 53 17
Total Yards 311 170
PC–PA–Int. 5–15–0 3–14–1
Punting Avg. 32.6 34.6
USC: Burnside 12–116; Whitehead 12–51;
Tenn: Stephens 14–82; Manning 4–32; Bevis 3–23.