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The 1932 USC Trojans football team is an American football team that represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) during the 1932 college football season. In its eighth season under head coach Howard Jones, the team compiled a perfect 10–0 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the PCC championship, shut out eight of ten opponents, defeated Pittsburgh in the 1933 Rose Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a total of 201 to 13.[1]

1932 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
National champion (nine official selectors)
Co-national champion (Davis, Sagarin)
PCC champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 35–0 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1932 record10–0 (6–0 PCC)
Head coachHoward Jones (8th season)
Offensive schemeSingle wing
CaptainTay Brown
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1931
1933 →
1932 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
USC $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
Washington State 5 1 1     7 1 1
UCLA 4 2 0     6 4 0
Washington 3 2 2     6 2 2
Oregon 2 2 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 1     7 3 2
Stanford 1 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon State 1 4 0     4 6 0
Idaho 1 4 0     3 5 0
Montana 0 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Although there was no AP Poll to determine a national champion in 1932, the Knute K. Rockne Trophy was presented at the end of the season to the team deemed to be the national champion using the Dickinson System, a rating system developed by Frank G. Dickinson, a professor of economics of the University of Illinois. Michigan won the Rockne Trophy, edging USC by a margin of 28.47 to 26.81.[2] However, USC was later recognized as the 1932 national champion in several retrospective rankings, including Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, Dunkel, College Football Researchers Association, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Poling, and Williamson.[3]

Tackle Ernie Smith was a consensus first-team pick for the 1932 All-America team. Guard Aaron Rosenberg was also selected as a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Liberty magazine. Six USC players were selected as first-team players on the 1932 All-Pacific Coast football team: Ernie Smith (AP-1; NEA-1; UP-1); Rosenberg (AP-1; NEA-1); Tay Brown at tackle (AP-1; NEA-1; UP-1); Orville Mohler at quarterback (NEA-1; UP-1); Homer Griffith at quarterback (AP-1); and Ray Sparling at end (NEA-1).

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 24Utah*W 35–035,000[4]
October 1Washington State
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 20–035,000[5]
October 8Oregon State
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 10–040,000[6]
October 15Loyola*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 6–050,000[7]
October 22at StanfordW 13–060,000[8]
November 5California
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 27–770,000[9]
November 12Oregon
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 33–040,000[10]
November 24at WashingtonW 9–630,000[11]
December 10Notre Dame* 
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
W 13–0100,000[12]
January 2, 1933vs. Pittsburgh*W 35–083,000[13]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1932 USC Trojans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Michigan Given Dickinson Award as Grid Champs". Waterloo Sunday Courier. December 11, 1932. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ 2017 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2017. p. 112. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Braven Dyer (September 25, 1932). "Trojans Down Utah In Grid Opener, 35 to 0". Los Angeles Times. p. VIa-1 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Trojans Lucky To Win Over Cougars, 20-0". Los Angeles Times. October 2, 1932. pp. VIa-1, VIa-2 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Braven Dyer (October 9, 1932). "Trojans Subdue Battling Beavers, 10 to 0". Los Angeles Times. p. VIa-1 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Braven Dyer (October 16, 1932). "Battling Loyola Lions Hold Trojans to 6-0". Los Angeles Times. p. Sports 1, 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Trojans Quell Indian Uprising, 13-0". San Francisco Examiner. October 23, 1932. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Bill Henry (November 6, 1932). "Alert Trojan Defense Topples Bears, 27-7". Los Angeles Times. pp. VIa-1, VIa-3 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Bill Henry (November 13, 1932). "Oregon Wilts Under Trojan 33-to-0 Drive". Los Angeles Times. pp. Sports 1, 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Braven Dyer (November 25, 1932). "Trojans Win, 9 to 6; Cinch Championship; Clemens' Boot Does The Work". Los Angeles Times. p. II-9 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Braven Dyer (December 11, 1932). "Troy Grids Trim Irish; Notre Dame Loses 13-to-0 Game; Crowd of 100,000 Spectators Sees Trojan Eleven Score Impressive Victory". Los Angeles Times. pp. I-1, VIa-1 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Bill Henry (January 3, 1933). "Troy Skins Panther: Pitt Humbled by Trojans, 35-0". Los Angeles Times. pp. I-1, II-13, II-14 – via Newspapers.com.