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The 1966 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1966 college football season. In their seventh year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 7–4 record (4–1 against conference opponents), won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU or Pac-8) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 199 to 128.[1] The team was ranked #18 in the final Coaches Poll.

1966 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
AAWU champion
Rose Bowl, L 13–14 vs. Purdue
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
1966 record7–4 (4–1 AAWU)
Head coachJohn McKay (7th season)
CaptainNate Shaw
CaptainRod Sherman
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 97,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 AAWU football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
USC $ 4 1 0     7 4 0
No. 5 UCLA 3 1 0     9 1 0
Oregon State 3 1 0     7 3 0
Washington 4 3 0     6 4 0
California 2 3 0     3 7 0
Oregon 1 3 0     3 7 0
Washington State 1 3 0     3 7 0
Stanford 1 4 0     5 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Quarterback Troy Winslow led the team in passing, completing 82 of 138 passes for 1,023 yards with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Don McCall led the team in rushing with 127 carries for 560 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ron Drake led the team in receiving with 52 catches for 607 yards and four touchdowns.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 17at Texas*No. 9W 10–642,000
September 24Wisconsin*No. 5W 38–352,325
October 1vs. Oregon StateNo. 5W 21–029,217
October 8WashingtonNo. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 17–1455,960
October 15at StanfordNo. 5W 21–761,500
October 22Clemson*No. 5
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 30–044,614
October 28at Miami (FL)*No. 5L 7–1051,156
November 5California No. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 35–947,199
November 19at No. 8 UCLANo. 7
L 7–1481,980
November 26No. 1 Notre Dame*No. 10
L 0–5188,520
January 2, 1967vs. No. 7 Purdue*L 13–1488,520
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

at TexasEdit

USC at Texas
1 234Total
No. 9 Trojans 3 700 10
Longhorns 0 006 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1956 W 44–20

[3]

at Miami (FL)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Notre DameEdit

Notre Dame at USC
1 234Total
No. 1 Fighting Irish 14 17137 51
No. 10 Trojans 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–24–2 1965 L 7–28

[4]

Purdue (Rose Bowl)Edit

Purdue vs. USC
1 234Total
No. 7 Boilermakers 0 770 14
Trojans 0 706 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1965-1969)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1966 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Palm Beach Post. September 18, 1966
  4. ^ "Irish Trouncing of U.S.C. Worst in Trojans' History". New York Times. November 27, 1966. Retrieved August 17, 2019.