Nov 26, 1939 : UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans Remain On Course To Collide In Very First War For Roses

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Notre Dame left halfback HARRY STEVENSON (# 32) watches as Fighting Irish quarterback STEVE SITKO (# 8) and another teammate halt the forward progress of USC Trojans star quarterback GRENNY LANSDELL during the exciting intersectional tussle watched by the frenzied crowd of 50,000 spectators at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Despite the fact that the # 7 ranked Fighting Irish piled up more total offensive yardage than their guests (410-301) and only threw two interceptions as directly compared to the four turnovers committed by the visitors, it was, however, the # 4 ranked Trojans who never trailed in the thrilling contest and, thus, joyfully traveled back to Los Angeles having confirmed their status as a legitimate contender for the coveted, if only mythical, national championship title. Lansdell led the way for USC with 101 yards (4.2 avg) and two touchdowns on the ground while deputy Trojans quarterback Ambrose Schindler sealed the deal late in the fourth quarter by racing 40 yards for the clinching score right after Notre Dame’s gamble on fourth down in their own half of the field failed.
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Results – November 25, 1939
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UCLA Bruins 13 – Oregon State Beavers 13
Washington Huskies 20 – Oregon Ducks 13
California Golden Bears 32 – Stanford Indians 14
USC Trojans 20 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish 12

PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE standings – Nov 26, 1939
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USC Trojans ……………………………. won 4 … lost 0 … tied 1
UCLA Bruins ……………………………. won 3 … lost 0 … tied 2
* Oregon State Beavers …………….. won 5 … lost 1 …. tied 1
Washington Huskies …………………. won 3 … lost 3 … tied 0
* Oregon Ducks ………………………… won 3 … lost 3 … tied 1
Washington State Cougars ………… won 2 … lost 4 … tied 0
* California Golden Bears ………….. won 2 … lost 5 … tied 0
* Stanford Indians …………………….. won 0 … lost 6 … tied 1

(Asterisk indicates that team’s Pacific Coast Conference schedule completed)

NOTE — only results of games involving the eight Pacific Coast Conference schools actually eligible to go to the Rose Bowl are included in the standings above; the teams’ overall records at this point in time are : USC Trojans (6-0-1), UCLA Bruins (5-0-3), Oregon State Beavers (7-1-1), Washington State Cougars (4-4-0), Washington Huskies (4-4-0), Oregon Ducks (3-4-1), California Golden Bears (3-7-0), Stanford Indians (0-7-1)

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USC Trojans quarterback GRENNY LANSDELL (upper right), the two-time consensus First Team All-Pacific Coast Conference choice who, impressively, posted at least 100 yards rushing in five of his team’s ten games played during the 1939 NCAA campaign, brandishes a stiff arm as he bucks the Notre Dame defensive line. The influential Lansdell later made a critical interception in Fighting Irish territory early on in the fourth quarter and then carried the ball three times for 37 yards and scored his second touchdown of the game on the ensuing Trojans drive. Identifiable USC players in this photo are the pair of Third Team All-Pacific Coast Conference selections from the Associated Press in 1939, left tackle HOWARD STOECKER (# 68) as well as right guard BEN SOHN (# 55), while easily recognizable for Notre Dame are left tackle TOM GALLAGHER (# 84) and right end JOHNNY KELLY (# 18), the senior captain from Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Pacific Coast Conference scoring leaders as of Nov 26, 1939
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Grenny Lansdell, USC …………………. 7 ga …. 54 pts …. 9 tds
Jim Kisselburgh, Oregon State …….. 9 ga …. 36 pts …. 6 tds
Jay Graybeal, Oregon ………………….. 8 ga …. 32 pts …. 3 tds ….. 5 xp, 3 fg
Kenny Washington, UCLA …………… 8 ga …. 30 pts …. 5 tds
Don Jones, Washington ……………….. 8 ga …. 19 pts …. 3 tds ….. 1 xp
Ambrose Schindler, USC ……………… 7 ga …. 18 pts …. 3 tds
Jack McQuary, California …………… 10 ga …. 18 pts …. 3 tds
Jackie Robinson, UCLA ……………….. 8 ga …. 14 pts …. 2 tds ….. 2 xp
Len Younce, Oregon State ……………. 9 ga …. 14 pts …. 0 tds …. 11 xp, 1 fg

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