1978 USC Trojans football team
The 1978 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Following the season, the Trojans were crowned national champions according to the Coaches Poll. While Alabama claimed the AP Poll title because it had defeated top-ranked Penn State in the Sugar Bowl, the Trojans felt they deserved the title since they had defeated Alabama and Notre Dame during the regular season, and then Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Both USC and Alabama ended their seasons with a single loss.
|1978 USC Trojans football|
Coaches' Poll national champion
Rose Bowl champion
|1978 record||12–1 (6–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||John Robinson (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|1978 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 2 USC $||6||–||1||–||0||12||–||1||–||0|
|No. 14 UCLA||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||3||–||1|
|No. 17 Stanford||4||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 9||Texas Tech*||No. 9||W 17–9||50,321|
|September 16||at Oregon||No. 8||W 37–10||31,000|
|September 23||at No. 1 Alabama*||No. 7||W 24–14||77,313|
|September 29||Michigan State*||No. 3||W 30–9||65,319|
|October 14||at Arizona State||No. 2||L 7–20||70,138|
|October 21||Oregon State||No. 7||W 38–7||53,734|
|October 28||California||No. 6||W 42–17||56,954|
|November 4||at Stanford||No. 6||W 13–7||84,084|
|November 11||No. 19 Washington||No. 5||W 28–10||54,071|
|November 18||at No. 14 UCLA||No. 5||W 17–10||90,387|
|November 25||No. 8 Notre Dame*||No. 3||W 27–25||84,256|
|December 2||at Hawaii*||No. 3||W 21–5||48,767|
|January 1, 1979||vs. No. 5 Michigan*||No. 3||W 17–10||105,629|
1978 Trojans in the NFLEdit
All 22 starters played in the NFL.
Awards and honorsEdit
Charles White: Heisman trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, UPI Player of the Year
- "USC Claims Title". The Evening Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. January 2, 1979. p. C7. Retrieved May 13, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- "Trojans' Late Field Goal Stymies Irish Comeback." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 26.
- Sikahema, Vai (2011-03-25). "Vai's View: What's in a name? Bobby Salazar knows". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-02-13.