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Published on Sep 26, 2006
#4 USC's 1974 Pac-8 title sent them to the Rose Bowl to face the Big Ten champion, 2nd-ranked Ohio State. With OSU leading by 7 going into the final minutes of the game, Pat Haden threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Mckay in the corner of the endzone. Instead of kicking the extra point and taking the tie, Coach John McKay decided to go for two, and Haden completed another pass for the conversion. USC's 18-17 win, coupled with Alabama's loss to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, vaulted them to #1 in the UPI poll and their second national title in 3 years. Oklahoma was #1 in the AP poll, but was on probation at the time and so was not included in the UPI poll.