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The 1974 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. In their 15th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 10–1–1 record (6–0–1 against conference opponents), finished in first place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 363 to 142.[1] The team was ranked #1 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and #2 in the final AP Poll.

1974 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Coaches' Poll national champion
Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 18–17 vs. Ohio State
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
1974 record10–1–1 (6–0–1 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn McKay (15th season)
CaptainPat Haden
CaptainRichard Wood
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 USC $ 6 0 1     10 1 1
Stanford 5 1 1     5 4 2
California 4 2 1     7 3 1
UCLA 4 2 1     6 3 2
Washington 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon State 3 4 0     3 8 0
Washington State 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Quarterback Pat Haden led the team in passing, completing 70 of 149 passes for 988 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Anthony Davis led the team in rushing with 301 carries for 1,421 yards and 13 touchdowns. J.K. McKay led the team in receiving with 34 catches for 550 yards and eight touchdowns.[2] Vince Evans backed up Haden. Allen Carter backed up Davis. The fullbacks were Ricky Bell, Dave Farmer and Mosi Tatupu. The starting flanker, Shelton Diggs, caught the two point conversion that lifted USC over Ohio State in the January 1975 Rose Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 14vs. No. 20 Arkansas*No. 5L 7–2254,622
September 28at No. 8 Pittsburgh*No. 18W 16–752,934
October 5Iowa*No. 9W 41–352,095
October 12vs. Washington StateNo. 7W 54–732,000
October 19at OregonNo. 6W 16–732,500
October 26Oregon State No. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 35–1052,392
November 2CaliforniaNo. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
T 15–1553,921
November 9at StanfordNo. 11W 35–1083,500
November 16WashingtonNo. 8
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 42–1151,157
November 23at UCLANo. 8
W 34–982,467
November 30No. 5 Notre Dame*No. 6
W 55–2483,552
January 1, 1975vs. No. 3 Ohio State*No. 5W 18–17106,721
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1974 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 42 Ricky Bell So
WR 26 Shelton Diggs So
QB 8 Vince Evans So
OG 61 Donnie Hickman So
OG 65 Melvin Jackson Jr
OT 76 Marvin Powell So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 44 Mike Burns So
DT 79 Gary Jeter So
LB 57 David Lewis So
LB 52 Rod Martin So
CB 46 Danny Reece Jr
LB 55 Eric Williams So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 39 Glen Walker So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

WashingtonEdit

1 234Total
Washington 0 308 11
USC 7 14147 42

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1974 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 17, 1974