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The 1972 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.

1972 USC Trojans football
Consensus national champion
Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Ohio State
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1972 record12–0 (7–0 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn McKay (13th season)
CaptainSam Cunningham
CaptainJohn Grant
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 USC $ 7 0 0     12 0 0
No. 15 UCLA 5 2 0     8 3 0
No. 19 Washington State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 3 4 0     3 8 0
Oregon 2 5 0     5 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9at No. 4 Arkansas*No. 8W 31–1054,461
September 16Oregon StateNo. 1W 51–656,305
September 23at Illinois*No. 1W 55–2061,277
September 30Michigan State*No. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 51–663,934
October 7at No. 15 StanfordNo. 1W 30–2184,000
October 14CaliforniaNo. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 42–1456,488
October 21No. 18 Washington No. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 34–759,151
October 28OregonNo. 1W 18–032,000
November 4vs. Washington StateNo. 1W 44–346,000
November 18at No. 14 UCLANo. 1
W 24–782,929
December 2No. 10 Notre Dame*No. 1
W 45–2375,243
January 1, 1973vs. No. 3 Ohio State*No. 1W 42–17106,869
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

ArkansasEdit

1 234Total
• USC 0 31414 31
Arkansas 3 007 10

Tailback Rod McNeill, who sat out the previous year with a hip injury, led the Trojans with 117 yards on 28 carries while Mike Rae, a backup for two seasons, completed 18 of 24 passes for 269 yards and in the second half completed nine straight passes at one point in his first start. [1]

Oregon StateEdit

1 234Total
Oregon St 0 600 6
• USC 7 131714 51

[2]

IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
• USC 7 131520 55
Illinois 7 760 20

[3][4]

Michigan StateEdit

1 234Total
Michigan St 0 600 6
• USC 14 7327 51

[5]

StanfordEdit

1 234Total
• USC 13 737 30
Stanford 10 308 21

[6]

CaliforniaEdit

1 234Total
California 0 077 14
USC 14 7147 42

[7]

WashingtonEdit

1 234Total
Washington 0 007 7
• USC 7 13140 34

[8]

OregonEdit

1 234Total
• USC 0 0126 18
Oregon 0 000 0

On a very rainy and cold day, the Trojans were held to their lowest score of the season.

[9]

Washington StateEdit

1 234Total
USC 3 14720 44
Washington State 3 000 3

[10]

UCLAEdit

1 234Total
• USC 10 770 24
UCLA 7 000 7

Anthony Davis 25 Rush, 178 Yds

[11]

Notre DameEdit

1 234Total
Notre Dame 3 7130 23
USC 19 01313 45

[12]

Rose BowlEdit

1 234Total
Ohio St 0 737 17
• USC 7 02114 42

[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rae leads Southern Cal to 31-10 rout of Arkansas."
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Sept 17.
  3. ^ "USC Buries Illinois." 1972 Sept 24.
  4. ^ "Trojans Rip Illinois." Palm Beach Post. 1972 Sept 24.
  5. ^ "Top-rated Trojans blitz Sparts, 51–6." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 1.
  6. ^ "USC gets revenge as Cards halted." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 8.
  7. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 15.
  8. ^ "Trojans overpower Washington by 34-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 22.
  9. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 29.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Trojans roll past Bruins, 24-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Nov 19.
  12. ^ "Davis' spree leads USC to 45-23 rout." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Dec 3.
  13. ^ "It's 'bring on Miami' after USC wins easily." Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Jan 2.