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The 1962 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. In their third year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled an 11–0 record (4–0 against conference opponents), won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU or Big 6) championship, defeated Wisconsin in the 1963 Rose Bowl, outscored their opponents by a combined total of 261 to 92, and finished the season ranked #1 in both the AP Poll and UPI Coaches Poll.[1]

1962 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Consensus national champion
AAWU champion
Rose Bowl champion
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1962 record11–0 (4–0 AAWU)
Head coachJohn McKay (3rd season)
CaptainMarv Marinovich
CaptainBen Wilson
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 123,538, grass)
Seasons
← 1961
1963 →
1962 AAWU football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 USC $ 4 0 0     11 0 0
Washington 4 1 0     7 1 2
Washington State 1 1 0     5 4 1
Stanford 2 3 0     5 5 0
UCLA 1 3 0     4 6 0
California 0 4 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Pete Beathard was the team's quarterback, completing 54 of 107 passes for 989 yards with ten touchdown passes and only one interception. (Bill Nelsen also completed 36 of 80 passes for 682 yards and eight touchdown passes with two interceptions.) Willie Brown was the team's leading rusher with 574 rushing yards (and 291 receiving yards). Hal Bedsole was the team's leading receiver with 33 catches for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns.[2] Bedsole was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Two USC players were selected by the Associated Press (AP) as first-team players on the 1962 All-Pacific Coast football team. They were end Hal Bedsole and linebacker Damon Bame.[3] Bedsole was also a consensus first-team All-American in 1962,[4] while Bame received first-team All-America honors from the AP.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 22No. 8 Duke*W 14–726,400
September 29at SMU*No. 9W 33–314,000
October 6at Iowa*No. 6W 7–055,300
October 20CaliforniaNo. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 32–638,500
October 27at Illinois*No. 4W 28–1631,375
November 3No. 9 Washington No. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 14–046,456
November 10at StanfordNo. 2W 39–1441,000
November 17Navy*No. 2
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 13–651,701
November 24at UCLANo. 1
W 14–386,740
December 1Notre Dame*No. 1
W 25–081,676
January 1, 1963vs. No. 2 Wisconsin*No. 1W 42–3798,698
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

DukeEdit

#8 Duke at USC
1 234Total
Duke 7 000 7
USC 0 1400 14

[6]

SMUEdit

Statistics

CaliforniaEdit

Statistics

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1962 USC football team.[8]

  • Damon Bame, linebacker
  • Pete Beathard, quarterback
  • Hal Bedsole, end
  • Willie Brown, halfback
  • John Brownwood, end
  • Ron Butcher
  • Mac Byrd
  • Jay Clark
  • Ken Del Conte, halfback
  • Craig Fertig, quarterback
  • Bill Fisk
  • Mike Gale
  • Stan Gonta
  • Ron Heller
  • Fred Hill
  • Gary Hill
  • Phil Hoover
  • Hudson Houck
  • Loran Hunt
  • Tom Johnson
  • Ernie Jones
  • Randy Jones
  • Gary Kirner, tackle
  • Pete Lubisich, guard
  • Tom Lupo
  • Marv Marinovich, guard
  • Rich McMahon
  • Bill Nelsen, quarterback
  • Gary Potter
  • Ernie Pye
  • John Ratliff, guard
  • Lynn Reade
  • Larry Sagouspe
  • Armando Sanchez
  • Denny Schmidt
  • Ron Smedley
  • Bob Svihus, tackle
  • Toby Thurlow
  • Gary Winslow
  • Ben Wilson, fullback

Coaching staff and administrationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1962 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Jack Hewins (December 4, 1962). "Explosive Backfield, Fast Line Form All-Coast '11'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 8.
  4. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "AP's 1962 All-America Team". The Miami News. December 6, 1962. p. 19C.
  6. ^ "Southern Cal Upsets Duke". The Palm Beach Post. September 23, 1962.
  7. ^ a b 2012 USC football media supplement.
  8. ^ 1963 "El Rodeo" (USC yearbook), pages 206-209.
  9. ^ a b 1963 "El Rodeo", page 211.
  10. ^ 1963 "El Rodeo", page 202.

Further readingEdit

  • "Trojans 1962: John McKay's First National Championship", by Bill Block, iUniverse, 2012