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The 1947 USC Trojans football team was an American football team that represented the University of Southern California (USC) as a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) during the 1947 college football season. In its sixth year under head coach Jeff Cravath, the team compiled a 7–2–1 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the PCC championship, was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a total of 193 to 114. The team lost to Notre Dame in the final game of the regular season and to Michigan in the 1948 Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.[1]

1947 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
PCC champion
Rose Bowl, L 0–49 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
Ranking
APNo. 8
1947 record7–2–1 (6–0 PCC)
Head coachJeff Cravath (6th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 USC $ 6 0 0     7 2 1
No. 15 California 5 1 0     9 1 0
Oregon 5 1 0     7 3 0
UCLA 4 2 0     5 4 0
Montana 2 1 0     7 4 0
Oregon State 3 4 0     5 5 0
Washington 2 5 0     3 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Idaho 1 4 0     4 4 0
Stanford 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Four USC players received first-team honors on the 1947 All-Pacific Coast football teams selected by the PCC coaches, the Associated Press (AP), and the United Press (UP): end Paul Cleary (Coaches-1, AP-1, UP-1); tackle John Ferraro (Coaches-1, AP-1, UP-1); halfback Don Doll (Coaches-1, AP-1, UP-1); and tackle Bob Hendren (AP-1).[2][3][4] Cleary and Ferraro were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The team played its home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27Washington StateW 21–048,173[5]
October 4Rice*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
T 7–764,231[6]
October 11at Ohio State*No. 20W 32–076,559[7]
October 18Oregon StateNo. 11
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 48–661,301[8]
October 25at No. 4 CaliforniaNo. 10W 39–1481,659[9]
November 1at WashingtonNo. 5W 19–032,000[10]
November 8StanfordNo. 5
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
W 14–059,749[11]
November 22No. 18 UCLANo. 4
W 6–0102,050[12]
December 6No. 1 Notre Dame* No. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
L 7–38104,953[13]
January 1, 1948vs. No. 2 Michigan*No. 8L 0–4993,000[14]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1947 USC Trojans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Coaches Pick All Coast". The Statesman, Salem, Oregon. December 5, 1947. p. 14.(Coaches)
  3. ^ "Van Brocklin Nabs AP All-Coast Slot". The Statesman, Salem, Oregon. November 25, 1947. p. 10.(AP)
  4. ^ Hal Wood (November 26, 1947). "Bruin, Troy Stars Dominate All-Coast Conference Squad". Nevada State Journal. p. 11.(UP)
  5. ^ Braven Dyer (September 28, 1947). "Trojans Capture Opener From Cougars, 21 To 0". Los Angeles Times. pp. II-5, II-6 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Braven Dyer (October 5, 1947). "Trojan Rally Nets 7-7 Deadlock With Owls". Los Angeles Times. pp. 13, 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Braven Dyer (October 12, 1947). "Trojans Grind Out 32-0 Victory Over Buckeyes; Naumu's Arm Broken". Los Angeles Times. p. II-5, II-7 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Braven Dyer (October 19, 1947). "Trojans Trounce Beavers, 48-6". Los Angeles Times. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Emmons Byrne (October 26, 1947). "Trojans Burst UC Rose Bowl Bubble: Bears Laced 39-14 While 80,000 Watch". Oakland Tribune. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Braven Dyer (November 2, 1947). "Trojans Overpower Huskies for 19-0 Win". Los Angeles Times. pp. 10–11 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Braven Dyer (November 9, 1947). "Trojans Hard-Pressed to Top Injuns, 14-0". Los Angeles Times. pp. 12, 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Paul Zimmerman (November 23, 1947). "Trojans Nod. Bruins, 6-0, for Bowl Bid". Los Angeles Times. pp. 1, 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Braven Dyer (December 7, 1947). "'Greatest Notre Dame Team' Ruins SC". Los Angeles Times. pp. 11–12 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Paul Zimmerman (January 2, 1948). "Wolverines Rout Troy by 49 to 0: Crowd of 93,000 Sees Mighty Michigan Hand S.C. Worst Loss". Los Angeles Times. pp. 1, 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ 1948 El Rodeo (USC yearbook), approximately p. 212.
  16. ^ 1948 El Rodeo (USC yearbook), approximately pages 213-214.