1970 USC Trojans football team
The 1970 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. In their 11th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 6–4–1 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 343 to 233. The team was ranked #15 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final Coaches Poll.
|1970 USC Trojans football|
|1970 record||6–4–1 (3–4 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||John McKay (11th season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)|
|1970 Pacific-8 football standings|
|No. 8 Stanford $||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 15 USC||3||–||4||–||0||6||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
On September 12, 1970, USC opened the season visiting the University of Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and became the first fully integrated team to play in the State of Alabama. The game, scheduled by Bryant, resulted in a 42–21 win for the Trojans. More importantly, all six touchdowns scored by USC team were by African-American players, two by USC running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham, against an all-white Crimson Tide team. The game hastened the racial integration of football at Alabama and in the South.
Jim Jones led the team in passing, completing 121 of 234 passes for 1,877 yards with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Clarence Davis led the team in rushing with 214 carries for 972 yards and nine touchdowns. Bob Chandler led the team in receiving with 41 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns.
|September 12||vs. No. 16 Alabama*||No. 3||W 42–21||72,175|
|September 19||No. 9 Nebraska*||No. 3||T 21–21||73,768|
|September 26||at Iowa*||No. 7||W 48–0||56,131|
|October 3||Oregon State||No. 5||W 45–13||57,769|
|October 10||at No. 12 Stanford||No. 4||L 14–24||86,000|
|October 17||Washington||No. 11||W 28–25||56,166|
|October 24||at Oregon||No. 10||L 7–10||34,000|
|October 31||California||No. 18||L 10–13||54,750|
|November 7||vs. Washington State||W 70–33||14,500|
|November, 21||at UCLA||L 20–45||78,773|
|November, 28||No. 4 Notre Dame*||W 38–28||64,694|
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Jimmy Jones 15/21, 304 Yds, 3 TD, rush TD
|1970 USC Trojans football team roster|
1970 team players in the NFLEdit
The following players were claimed in the 1971 NFL Draft.
|Marv Montgomery||Tackle||1||12||Denver Broncos|
|Tody Smith||Defensive tackle||1||25||Dallas Cowboys|
|Charles Weaver||Defensive end||2||48||Detroit Lions|
|Sam Dickerson||Wide receiver||3||55||San Francisco 49ers|
|Gerry Mullins||Tight end||4||86||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Clarence Davis||Running back||4||97||Oakland Raiders|
|Greg Slough||Linebacker||6||149||Oakland Raiders|
|Herman Franklin||Wide receiver||6||152||Detroit Lions|
|Bob Chandler||Wide receiver||7||160||Buffalo Bills|
|Charles Evans||Running back||14||356||New York Giants|
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