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by Ivan Maisel

USC Athletics

#62
FORWARD PROGRESS

Birmingham, Ala. | Sept. 12, 1970

Sam Cunningham rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns in No. 3 USC's 42-21 victory over No. 16 Alabama in Birmingham to open the 1970 season. Years later, Bear Bryant was quoted as saying, "Cunningham did more for integration in Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King Jr." Few remember that Cunningham's backfield mate Clarence Davis, who scored twice, grew up in Birmingham. The next year, Bryant integrated his team.