Prior to No. 2 USC’s game at No. 6 UCLA in 1988, QB Rodney Peete was hospitalized with Rubeola, a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system. Doctors treated him and cleared him to play, and he received some non-medical treatment courtesy of WR Erik Affholter.
In the second quarter of the contest known as the “Measles Game,” Peete found Affholter on an eight-yard pass from UCLA’s 29-yard line. The senior from Agoura, CA, did the rest, darting down the sideline for the remaining 21 yards and a touchdown. USC went on to win, 31-22.
Affholter would set a since-broken USC record for receptions in a season (68) en route to the Trojans’ Rose Bowl appearance. He is currently producing a show called “42: The Long Shot” in which he tries to set world record golf shots at various famous locations.
Peete’s and Affholter’s alma mater are back in the Rose Bowl this weekend to face their crosstown rival. Erik Affholter profile