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December 11, 1976 - Image 15

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Powerful offense,
quick 'D' pace USC

By RICK MADDOCK
Southern California boasts a power squad and
a quickness squad. When the Trojans drive down
the gridiron, their major asset is power. USC's
iftense is not called merely offense; it's called
the Power-I, accent on power.
"Offensively, power is our number one asset,"
USC coach John Robinson said.
When the Trojans' opponent has the ball, then
the Cardinal and Gold displays its quickness.
The opposing team's offensive line has to use
size and power in the pits, because USC's line
will get the better jump.
"The matchup will be speed against speed
when Michigan has the ball, and speed against
power when we have the ball," Robinson said
of this year's Rose Bowl.
Robinson, feels his team will be able to stop
Michigan's powerful offensive attack if the Tro-
jans can hold their own in the quickness match-
up. "I hope there will be kind of a standoff,"
Robinson said.
THE TROJANS SPORT A 10-1 record, with
that lone black mark coming against Missouri
in USC's opening game. The Tigers clobbered
the Trojans, 46-25. Robinson blames the loss on
lack of preparation and the new coaching staff.
"It was the first game of the season. We just
weren't ready," Robinson said.
From then on, however, USC has cranked out
10 straight wins, its last two against UCLA and
Notre Dame. The Trojans jumped to a 24-0 lead
in the Rose Bowl qualifying game, and they

hung on to beat the Bruins, 24-14. In the Notre
Dame game, obviously anti-climatic, USC play-
ed sloppily, but won. 17-13.
"We were as about as flat against Notre Dame
as we were ready against UCLA. It wasn't a
true indication of our team. We had a bad
game, but still won," Robinson said.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA's offensive statis-
tics and personnel rank among the best in the
nation. USC places third on total offense with
432.5 yards per game, and third in scoring with
33.8 points per game. (Michigan is first in both
categories, 448.1'yards and 38.7 points, respec-
tively.)
All-American Ricky Bell's awesome running
heads the USC power attack. Bell, who carried
276 times for 1,417 yards, this season, has been
hampered with a bad ankle since the California
game, in late October. Yet, he leads the Tro-
jans in scoring with 86 points, made up of 14
touchdowns and one two-point- conversion.
"Our ballclub, I think, is going to be well.
We expect Ricky Bell to be% lttt for the game,"
Robinson said.
Freshman Charles White, Bell's backup at tail
back, carried 124 times for 744 yards, sporting
a 6.0 average. White, along with two of his
high school teammates, was named Los An-
geles player of the year, last year.
SIGNAL-CALLER VINCE EVANS, whose pass-
ing is criticized by some, completed 52%, of his
passes for 1,259 yards. He cannot afford to play
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FLANKER Randy Simmrin leads the Trojans in receiving. A
junior from beautiful downtown Burbank, Simmrin caught 31
passes for 626 yards this year. As a sophomore the 6-2, 165-
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