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The 1975 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their 15th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled an 8–4 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 247 to 140.[1] The team was ranked #17 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final UPI Coaches Poll.

1975 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Liberty Bowl, W 20–0 vs. Texas A&M
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 17
1975 record8–4 (3–4 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn McKay (16th season)
CaptainKevin Bruce
CaptainDanny Reece
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA ^ + 6 1 0     9 2 1
No. 14 California + 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
No. 17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

Quarterback Vince Evans led the team in passing, completing 35 of 112 passes for 695 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ricky Bell led the team in rushing with 385 carries for 1,957 yards and 13 touchdowns. Randy Simmrin led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 478 yards and one touchdown.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12Duke*No. 4W 35–756,727
September 19Oregon StateNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 24–750,165
September 27Purdue*No. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 19–656,170
October 4at Iowa*No. 3W 27–1654,600
October 11Washington StateNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 28–1047,468
October 18Oregon No. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 17–350,542
October 25at No. 14 Notre Dame*No. 3ABCW 24–1759,075
November 1at CaliforniaNo. 4ABCL 14–2858,871
November 8StanfordNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
L 10–1368,249
November 15at WashingtonNo. 13L 7–853,700
November 28No. 14 UCLA
L 22–2580,927
December 22vs. No. 2 Texas A&M*ABCW 20–052,129
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1975 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 42 Ricky Bell Jr
RB 21 Lynn Cain So
WR 26 Shelton Diggs Jr
QB 8 Vince Evans Jr
TE 86 William Gay So
QB 6 Rob Hertel So
OG 61 Donnie Hickman Jr
OG 66 Pat Howell Fr
OG 65 Melvin Jackson Sr
OT 76 Marvin Powell Jr
OT 74 John Schuhmacher So
FB 36 Mosi Tatupu So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 44 Mike Burns Jr
LB 58 Mario Celotto So
LB 85 Garry Cobb Fr
DT 92 Rich Dimler Fr
LB 88 Ricky Jackson Fr
DT 79 Gary Jeter Jr
DT 96 Myron Lapka Fr
LB 57 David Lewis Jr
LB 52 Rod Martin Jr
LB 60 Clay Matthews So
DB 33 Ricky Odom So
CB 46 Danny Reece Sr
DB 7 Dennis Thurman So
LB 55 Eric Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 39 Glen Walker Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

IowaEdit

1 234Total
• USC 0 7173 27
Iowa 10 006 16

[3]

Washington StateEdit

1 234Total
Washington St 3 007 10
USC 0 1477 28

Ricky Bell 38 Rush, 217 Yds

[4]

Notre DameEdit

1 234Total
• USC 0 7710 24
Notre Dame 6 803 17

[5]

1975 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Danny Reece Defensive back 3 69 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Davis Tackle 8 211 New York Jets
Mel Jackson Guard 12 328 Green Bay Packers
Doug Hogan Defensive back 16 454 Oakland Raiders

[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1975 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 5. Retrieved 2018-Nov-09.
  4. ^ "Trojans Stagger Cougars". The Palm Beach Post. October 12, 1975.
  5. ^ "Bells Gains 165, USC Clips Irish". The Register-Guard. Eugene. October 26, 1975.
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm