1979 USC Trojans football team
The 1979 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 11–0–1 record (6–0–1 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 389 to 171. The team was ranked #2 in both the final AP Poll and the final UPI Coaches Poll.
|1979 USC Trojans football|
National champion (Football Research)
Rose Bowl champion
|1979 record||11–0–1 (6–0–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||John Robinson (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)|
|1979 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 2 USC $||6||–||0||–||1||11||–||0||–||1|
|No. 11 Washington||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|Arizona State †||3||–||4||–||0||6||–||6||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Quarterback Paul McDonald led the team in passing, completing 164 of 264 passes for 2,223 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Charles White led the team in rushing with 332 carries for 2,050 yards and 19 touchdowns. Dan Garcia led the team in receiving with 29 catches for 492 yards and three touchdowns.
|September 8||at Texas Tech*||No. 1||W 21–7||52,991|
|September 15||at Oregon State||No. 1||ONTV||W 42–5||32,000|
|September 22||Minnesota*||No. 1||W 48–14||61,766|
|September 29||at No. 20 LSU*||No. 1||W 17–12||78,322|
|October 6||Washington State||No. 1||W 50–21||55,117|
|October 13||Stanford||No. 1||T 21–21||76,067|
|October 20||at No. 9 Notre Dame*||No. 4||ABC||W 42–23||59,075|
|October 27||at California||No. 3||W 24–14||76,780|
|November 3||Arizona||No. 3||W 34–7||62,054|
|November 10||at No. 15 Washington||No. 4||ABC||W 24–17||60,527|
|November 24||UCLA||No. 4||KABC||W 49–14||88,214|
|January 1||vs. No. 1 Ohio State*||No. 3||NBC||W 17–16||105,526|
|1979 USC Trojans football team roster|
1979 Team Players in the NFLEdit
- Marcus Allen
- Chip Banks
- Joey Browner
- Ronnie Lott
- Dennis Smith
- Jeff Fisher
- Bruce Matthews
- Don Mosebar
- Anthony Munoz
- Keith Van Horne
- Charles White
Awards and honorsEdit
- "2017 Media Guide" (PDF). thesundevils.com. ASU Athletics. p. 127. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
- "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- "1979 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "USC Wins Bowl Berth Unless...". The Register-Guard. Eugene. November 11, 1979.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)