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The 1977 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. In their second year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled a 7–4 record (5–2 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 357 to 212.[1] The team was ranked #12 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and #13 in the final AP Poll.

1977 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 13
1977 record8–4 (5–2 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn Robinson (2nd season)
CaptainRob Hertel
CaptainClay Matthews Jr.
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Washington $   6 1         8 4  
No. 15 Stanford   5 2         9 3  
No. 13 USC   5 2         8 4  
California   3 4         7 4  
Washington State   3 4         6 5  
Oregon   1 6         2 9  
Oregon State   0 7         2 9  
UCLA   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † – UCLA forfeited 7 wins (5 conference wins) due to ineligible players.
Rankings from AP Poll

Quarterback Rob Hertel led the team in passing, completing 132 of 245 passes for 2,145 yards with 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Charles White led the team in rushing with 285 carries for 1,478 yards and seven touchdowns. Randy Simmrin led the team in receiving with 41 catches for 840 yards and five touchdowns.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 10at Missouri*No. 4W 27–1065,298
September 17at Oregon StateNo. 2W 17–1031,143
September 24TCU*No. 2W 51–054,620
September 30Washington StateNo. 2
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 41–761,809
October 8No. 7 Alabama*No. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCL 20–2163,140
October 15Oregon No. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 33–1551,120
October 22at No. 11 Notre Dame*No. 5ABCL 19–4959,075
October 29at CaliforniaNo. 10L 14–1776,780
November 5StanfordNo. 16
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
W 49–065,101
November 12at WashingtonNo. 14L 10–2859,501
November 25No. 17 UCLA
ABCW 29–2786,168
December 31vs. No. 17 Texas A&M*No. 20MizlouW 47–2852,842
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

UCLAEdit

1 234Total
• USC 0 1793 29
UCLA 10 0710 27

[3]

RosterEdit

1977 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 21 Lynn Cain Jr
TE 86 William Gay Sr
QB 6 Rob Hertel Sr
G 66 Pat Howell Jr
T 74 John Schuhmacher Sr
TE 89 Joe Shipp Sr
WR 24 Joe Sweeney Jr
FB 36 Mosi Tatupu Sr
T 68 Keith Van Horne So
RB 12 Charles White So
WR 8 Kevin Williams So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 47 Larry Braziel Jr
LB 58 Mario Celotto Sr
LB 85 Garry Cobb Jr
DT 92 Rich Dimler Jr
CB 40 Jeff Fisher Fr
LB 56 Dennis Johnson So
DT 96 Myron Lapka So
FS 42 Ronnie Lott Fr
LB 60 Clay Matthews Sr
LB 58 Mike McDonald Sr
LB 57 Larry McGrew So
DB 33 Ricky Odom Sr
LB 81 Eric Scoggins Fr
DB 49 Dennis Smith Fr
WR/DB 7 Dennis Thurman Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "1977 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 26, 1977