2015 USC Trojans football team

The 2015 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. USC played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and were members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. On November 30, 2015, Clay Helton was named USC's permanent head coach.

2015 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Pac-12 South Division co-champion[1]
Holiday Bowl, L 21–23 vs. Wisconsin
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2015 record8–6 (6–3 Pac-12)
Head coach
Co-offensive coordinatorClay Helton (3rd as OC; 5th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTee Martin (1st as OC, 4th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJustin Wilcox (2nd season)
Base defense3–4 multiple
Captain
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity: 93,607)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma mater Before USC
Clay Helton Head Coach 5 Houston (1994) Memphis – OC Coordinator (2009)
Tee Martin Offensive coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach / Pass Game Coordinator 4 Tennessee (2000) Kentucky – WR Coach (2011)
Johnny Nansen Tailbacks Coach / Special Teams Coach / Assistant Head Coach 2 Washington State (1997) Washington – ST Coordinator / RB Coach (2013)
Peter Sirmon Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Associate Head Coach Defense 2 Oregon (1999) Washington – LB Coach (2013)
Marques Tuiasosopo Quarterbacks Coach / Associate Head Coach Offense 2 Washington (2001) Washington – QB Coach (2013)
Lenny Vandermade Tight Ends Coach 1 USC (2003) San Diego – TE Coach (2015)
Ivan Lewis Strength and Conditioning 2 San Diego (2003) Washington – Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Mike Goff Offensive Line Coach 1 Iowa (1998) Hilltop High School – Assistant Coach (2014)
Kenechi Udeze Defensive Line Coach / Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 1 USC (2004) PITT – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach (2015)
Ricky Brown Linebackers Coach 1 Boston College (2006) Baltimore Ravens – LB (Player) (2012)
Patrick Henderson Safeties Coach 1 Oregon State (2010) Contra Costa College – DB Coach / Defensive Coordinator (2013)
Drew Pearson Cornerbacks Coach 1 Utah State (2008) Child and Family Specialist at Five Acres in Altadena, California (2008–2014)
Mike Tuiasosopo Defensive Line Coach 1 University of the Pacific (1991) UCLA – OLB Coach (2015)
Jaron Fairman Offensive Assistant 2 Fresno State (2007) Crespi Carmelite High School – WR Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)

RosterEdit

2015 USC Trojans Football

Quarterback

Tailback

  • 16 Dominic Davis – Freshman (5'10, 175) (+WR)*
  • 22 Justin DavisJunior (6'1, 195)
  • 23 Tre Madden  Senior (6'1, 225)
  • 24 Stefan Smith –   Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 25 Ronald Jones IIFreshman (6'0, 185) *
  • 26 James Toland IV –   Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 27 Lance Mudd – Sophomore (6'1, 200)
  • 28 Aca'Cedric Ware – Freshman (6'0, 200) *

Fullback

  • 31 Soma Vainuku –   Senior (6'0, 255)
  • 38 Jahleel Pinner – Senior (5'11, 240)

Wide receiver

  •  1 Darreus Rogers – Junior (6'1, 215)
  •  7 Steven Mitchell  Sophomore (5'10, 190)
  •  9 Juju Smith-SchusterSophomore (6'2, 215)
  • 10 Jalen Greene –   Freshman (6'1, 195) (+QB)
  • 15 Isaac Whitney  Junior (6'3, 205) *
  • 18 Ajene Harris – Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 29 Christian Tober –   Junior (5'8, 175)
  • 34 Yoofi Quansah – Sophomore (5'8, 165)
  • 41 Bo St. Geme – Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 44 Jake Russell – Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 80 Deontay BurnettFreshman (6'0, 170) (Blueshirt)
  • 83 George Katrib – Senior (6'0, 185)
  • 84 Jackson Boyer –   Sophomore (6'3, 195)
  • 85 David Mellstrom –   Senior (6'0, 180)
  • 86 Robby Kolanz –   Junior (5'10, 175)
  • 89 De'Quan Hampton – Junior (6'4, 220) *

Tight end

  • 47 Cyrus Hobbi –   Senior (6'3, 245)
  • 48 Taylor McNamara  Junior (6'5, 245) (Blueshirt)
  • 49 Daniel Imatorbhebhe – Freshman (6'4, 225) (Blueshirt)
  • 81 Conner Spears –   Sophomore (6'6, 245)
  • 82 Tyler Petite – Freshman (6'6, 235)
  • 87 Caleb WilsonFreshman (6'5, 225) *
 

Offensive lineman

  • 50 Toa Lobendahn – OG-OT – Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 51 Damien Mama – OG – Sophomore (6'4, 355)
  • 56 Jordan Austin – OT –   Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 60 Viane Talamaivao – OG – Sophomore (6'2, 320)
  • 62 Khaliel Rodgers – C –   Sophomore (6'3, 305)
  • 63 Roy Hemsley – OT-OG – Freshman (6'5, 315) *
  • 64 Richie Wenzel – C –   Freshman (6'1, 265)
  • 65 Erick Jepsen – OG –   Senior (6'1, 285)
  • 66 Cole Smith – C – Freshman (6'4, 280) *
  • 70 Chuma Edoga – OT – Freshman (6'4, 280) *
  • 72 Chad Wheeler – OT –   Junior (6'7, 280)
  • 73 Zach Banner – OT –   Junior (6'9, 360)
  • 74 Nico Falah – OT –   Sophomore (6'4, 285)
  • 75 Max Tuerk – C – Senior (6'6, 285)
  • 76 Clayton Johnston – OT – Freshman (6'6, 290) (Blueshirt)
  • 77 Chris Brown – OG –   Freshman (6'5, 295)

Defensive tackle

  • 52 Delvon Simmons –   Senior (6'5, 295)
  • 53 Kevin Scott – Freshman (6'5, 315) (+DE) *
  • 68 Jordan Simmons  Junior (6'4, 325) (+OG)
  • 79 Jeff Miller –   Junior (6'1, 240)
  • 91 Noah Jefferson – Freshman (6'6, 330) *
  • 92 Jacob Daniel – Freshman (6'4, 325) *
  • 95 Kenny Bigelow Jr. –   Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 98 Cody Temple –   Senior (6'2, 300)
  • 99 Antwaun Woods  Senior (6'1, 320)

Defensive end

  • 44 Malik Dorton –   Freshman (6'2, 275)
  • 89 Christian Rector – Freshman (6'5, 260) *
  • 90 Claude Pelon  Senior (6'4, 300)
  • 93 Greg Townsend Jr. –   Senior (6'3, 275)
  • 94 Rasheem GreenFreshman (6'5, 285) (+DT) *

Placekicker

  • 36 Matt Boermeester –   Sophomore (6'0, 180)
  • 39 Alex Wood –   Junior (5'10, 175)
  • 46 Wyatt Schmidt –   Freshman (6'3, 215)

Punter

  • 17 Kris Albarado –   Senior (5'10, 195)
  • 36 Chris Tilbey – Sophomore (6'5, 220)
  • 46 Reid Budrovich –   Freshman (5'11, 185)
 

Linebacker

  • 10 John Houston Jr. – OLB – Freshman (6'3, 220) *
  • 18 Quinton Powell – OLB – Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 19 Michael Hutchings – ILB – Junior (6'1, 225)
  • 21 Su'a Cravens – OLB – Junior (6'1, 225)
  • 34 Olajuwon Tucker – ILB – Sophomore (6'3, 235)
  • 35 Cameron Smith – ILB – Freshman (6'2, 245) *
  • 40 Jabari Ruffin – OLB –   Junior (6'3, 245)
  • 42 Uchenna Nwosu – OLB – Sophomore (6'3, 210)
  • 45 Porter Gustin – OLB – Freshman (6'5, 250) (+TE) *
  • 47 Scott Felix – OLB –   Junior (6'2, 240)
  • 49 Matt Bayle – OLB – Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 50 Grant Moore – OLB –   Freshman (6'0, 220)
  • 51 Joel Foy – ILB –   Sophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 54 Reuben Peters – ILB –   Freshman (6'0, 225)
  • 55 Lamar Dawson – ILB –   Senior (6'1, 230)
  • 56 Anthony Sarao – ILB –   Senior (6'0, 235)
  • 58 Osa Masina – ILB – Freshman (6'4, 245) (+TE) *
  • 59 Don Hill – OLB –   Freshman (6'2, 245)
  • 97 Wyatt Vinci – OLB –   Junior (6'2, 235)

Cornerback

  •  2 Adoree' JacksonSophomore (5'11, 185) (+WR & RET)
  •  8 Iman MarshallFreshman (6'2, 200) *
  • 13 Kevon SeymourSenior (6'0, 185)
  • 14 Isaiah LangleyFreshman (6'0, 165) (+WR) *
  • 23 Jonathan Lockett – Sophomore (5'11, 180)
  • 28 Ryan Dillard – Senior (5'9, 190)
  • 29 Kevin Carrasco –   Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 38 Jalen Jones –   Freshman (5'8, 155)

Safety

  •  4 Chris Hawkins –   Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  •  7 Marvell TellFreshman (6'2, 190) *
  • 22 Leon McQuay IIIJunior (6'1, 190)
  • 24 John Plattenburg – Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 26 Davonte Nunnery –   Freshman (5'10, 205)
  • 27 Jonathan LaBonty –   Freshman (6'0, 200)
  • 30 Ykili Ross – Freshman (6'2, 185) (+CB & WR)*
  • 37 Matt Lopes –   Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 41 Deion Hart –   Junior (6'0, 195)

Long snappers

  • 57 Nick Schlossberg –   Junior (6'0, 205)
  • 61 Jake Olson – Freshman (6'4, 195)
  • 92 Zach Smith – Junior (6'1, 220)

  • * : 2015 USC Trojans Football Commits (09/04/2015)

Returning startersEdit

USC returns 31 starters in 2015, including fifteen on offense, twelve on defense, and four on special teams.

Key departures include Javorius 'Buck' Allen (TB – 13 games), Nelson Agholor (WR – 13 games), George Farmer (WR – 4 games), Randall Telfer (TE – 12 games), Aundrey Walker (OT), Leonard Williams (DE / DT – 13 games), J. R. Tavai (LB – 9 games), Hayes Pullard (LB – 12 games), Josh Shaw (CB / S – 2 games), Gerald Bowman (S – 10 games), Andre Heidari (K – 11 games).

Other departures : Ricky Town (QB – Freshman – Arkansas), Bryce Dixon (TE), Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (TE), Charles Burks (LB – Junior RS – Azusa Pacific), Rahshead Johnson (CB / S – Freshman – San Jose State), Lamont Simmons (CB – Freshman RS – Georgia Tech), Devian Shelton (CB – Sophomore RS), Peter McBride (SNP – Junior RS).

  • : Co-Started in 2014

Depth chartEdit

2015 USC Football Depth Chart

Freshman : Freshman

Double Position : #

Injured : +

Recruiting classEdit

Scholarship distribution chartEdit

redshirt year used / redshirt year eligible / * : Former walk-on

– 85 scholarships permitted, 80 currently allotted to players (Note: Ricky Town is still "counts" for 2015, bringing the total to 81).

USC added four "blueshirts" that will count towards the class of 2016: Oklahoma transfer TE Taylor McNamara,
Florida transfer TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, true freshman OL Clayton Johnston and WR Deontay Burnett,
CAL Poly transfer P Chris Tilbey

Kicker Matt Boermeester blueshirted and counted towards class of 2015.

– With four blueshirts, USC can sign 20 players in the class of 2016.

2015 NFL draftEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL team
1 6 Leonard Williams Defensive end / Defensive tackle New York Jets
1 20 Nelson Agholor Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
4 120 (21) Josh Shaw Cornerback / Safety Cincinnati Bengals
4 125 (26) Javorius 'Buck' Allen Running back Baltimore Ravens
6 198 (22) Randall Telfer Tight end Cleveland Browns
7 219 (2) Hayes Pullard Middle Linebacker Cleveland Browns
UFA J. R. Tavai Outside Linebacker Tennessee Titans
UFA George Farmer Wide receiver Seattle Seahawks
UFA Gerald Bowman Safety Baltimore Ravens
UFA Aundrey Walker Offensive tackle Miami Dolphins
UFA Andre Heidari Kicker Los Angeles Kiss (AFL)
  • * : Projected Round

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 58:00 p.m.Arkansas State*No. 8P12NW 55–679,809
September 125:00 p.m.Idaho*No. 8
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
P12NW 59–972,422
September 195:00 p.m.StanfordNo. 6
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
ABCL 31–4178,306
September 267:30 p.m.at Arizona StateNo. 19ESPNW 42–1461,904
October 86:00 p.m.WashingtonNo. 17
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNL 12–1763,623
October 174:30 p.m.at No. 14 Notre Dame*NBCL 31–4180,795
October 244:30 p.m.No. 3 Utah
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FOXW 42–2473,435
October 3112:00 p.m.at CaliforniaFOXW 27–2152,060
November 77:30 p.m.Arizona 
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNW 38–3076,309
November 136:00 p.m.at ColoradoESPN2W 27–2437,905
November 2112:30 p.m.at No. 23 OregonNo. 24ESPNL 28–4859,094
November 2812:30 p.m.No. 22 UCLA
ABC/ESPN2W 40–2183,602
December 54:45 p.m.vs. No. 7 StanfordNo. 20ESPNL 22–4158,476
December 307:30 p.m.vs. Wisconsin*No. 25ESPNL 21–2348,329
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll & CFP Rankings (beginning in Week 9) released prior to game.

Game summariesEdit

Arkansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 0 6 0 6
#8 Trojans 14 14 14 13 55
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARST USC
1 13:58 4 77 1:14 USC Juju Smith-Schuster 61-yard touchdown reception from Cody Kessler, Alex Wood kick good 0 7
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 55
  • (Q1, 0:03) USC – #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 14 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 14–0
  • (Q2, 9:38) USC – #23 Tre Madden 65 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–0
  • (Q2, 4:40) USC – #48 Taylor McNamara 2 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC28–0
  • (Q3, 13:07) Arkansas State – #34 Michael Gordon 9 yard run – USC 28–6
  • (Q3, 6:28) USC – #23 Tre Madden 8 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 35–6
  • (Q3, 3:46) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 44 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 42–6
  • (Q4, 10:26) USC – #58 Osa Masina 46 yard fumble return, (#39 Alex Wood kick blocked) – USC 48–6
  • (Q4, 4:21) USC – #28 Aca'Cedric Ware 6 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 55–6

IdahoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 3 6 0 9
#8 Trojans 21 17 14 7 59
  • (Q1, 12:57) USC – #22 Justin Davis 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–0
  • (Q1, 09:28) USC – #22 Justin Davis 7 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 14–0
  • (Q1, 04:25) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 50 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–0
  • (Q2, 15:00) Idaho – #5 Austin Rehkow 21 yard Field Goal – USC 21–3
  • (Q2, 12:05) USC – #23 Tre Madden 7 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 28–3
  • (Q2, 05:48) USC – #23 Tre Madden 10 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 35–3
  • (Q2, 0:25) USC – #39 Alex Wood 24 yard Field Goal – USC 38–3
  • (Q3, 09:41) Idaho – #13 Bobby Cowan 10 yard pass from #10 Matt Linehan – USC 38–9
  • (Q3, 08:04) USC – #15 Isaac Whitney 28 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 45–9
  • (Q3, 03:53) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 41 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 52–9
  • (Q4, 07:32) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 59–9

StanfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinal 7 17 7 10 41
#6 Trojans 14 7 7 3 31
  • (Q1, 12:09) USC – #23 Tre Madden 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–0
  • (Q1, 02:55) STA – #18 Austin Hooper 15 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – USC 7–7
  • (Q1, 01:00) USC – #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 6 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 14–7
  • (Q2, 12:44) STA – #34 Conrad Ukropina 42 yard Field Goal – USC 14–10
  • (Q2, 09:49) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 54 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–10
  • (Q2, 04:21) STA – #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – USC 21–17
  • (Q2, 00:03) STA – #89 Devon Cajuste 17 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 24–21
  • (Q3, 10:14) USC – #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 1 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 28–24
  • (Q3, 04:59) STA – #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 31–28
  • (Q4, 11:25) STA – #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 38–28
  • (Q4, 9:25) USC – #39 Alex Wood 36 yard Field Goal – STA 38–31
  • (Q4, 2:27) STA – #34 Conrad Ukropina 46 yard Field Goal – STA 41–31

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Trojans 7 28 0 7 42
Sun Devils 0 0 7 7 14
  • (Q1, 10:44) USC – #2 Adoree' Jackson 80 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–0
  • (Q2, 11:29) USC – #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 27 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 14–0
  • (Q2, 03:44) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–0
  • (Q2, 00:40) USC – #4 Chris Hawkins 94 yard fumble return, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 28–0
  • (Q2, 00:07) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 10 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 35–0
  • (Q3, 02:05) ASU – #4 Demario Richard 1 yard run, (#5 Zane Gonzalez kick) – USC 35–7
  • (Q4, 10:47) USC – #15 Isaac Whitney 10 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 42–7
  • (Q4, 07:48) ASU – #4 Demario Richard 4 yard run, (#5 Zane Gonzalez kick) – USC 42–14

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 3 7 7 17
#17 Trojans 3 3 0 6 12
  • (Q1, 1:47) USC – #39 Alex Wood 34 yard Field Goal – USC 3–0
  • (Q2, 9:54) WAS – #48 Cameron Van Winkle 21 yard Field Goal – USC 3–3
  • (Q2, 0:00) USC – #39 Alex Wood 21 yard Field Goal – USC 6–3
  • (Q3, 11:24) WAS – #82 Joshua Perkins 27 yard pass from #16 Marvin Hall, (#48 Cameron Van Winkle kick) – WAS 10–6
  • (Q4, 14:21) WAS – #9 Myles Gaskin 1 yard run, (#48 Cameron Van Winkle kick) – WAS 17–6
  • (Q4, 12:02) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 1 yard run, (#6 Cody Kessler pass failed) – WAS 17–12

Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 10 14 7 0 31
#14 Fighting Irish 21 3 0 17 41
  • (Q1, 11:59) USC – #6 Cody Kessler 3 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–0
  • (Q1, 11:49) ND – #7 Will Fuller 75 yard pass from #14 DeShone Kizer, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) – 7–7
  • (Q1, 8:52) USC – #39 Alex Wood 42 yard Field Goal – USC 10–7
  • (Q1, 6:50) ND – #20 C. J. Prosise 25 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) – ND 14–10
  • (Q1, 5:04) ND – #17 Kris Albarado punt blocked, #3 Amir Carlisle 5 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) – ND 21–10
  • (Q2, 6:03) ND – #19 Justin Yoon 32 yard Field Goal – ND 24–10
  • (Q2, 5:52) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 75 yard pass from #10 Jalen Greene, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – ND 24–17
  • (Q2, 3:31) USC – #2 Adoree' Jackson 83 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – 24–24
  • (Q3, 9:45) USC – #48 Taylor McNamara 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 31–24
  • (Q4, 14:26) ND – #20 C.J. Prosise 4 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) – 31–31
  • (Q4, 9:06) ND – #88 Corey Robinson 10 yard pass from #14 DeShone Kizer, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) – ND 38–31
  • (Q4, 5:39) ND – #19 Justin Yoon 32 yard Field Goal – ND 41–31

UtahEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Utes 14 3 0 7 24
Trojans 7 21 7 7 42
  • (Q1, 8:06) USC – #22 Justin Davis 9 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–0
  • (Q1, 3:53) UTAH – #18 Britain Covey 30 yard pass from #7 Travis Wilson (#39 Andy Phillips kick) – 7–7
  • (Q1, 1:49) UTAH – #8 Bubba Poole 2 yard run (#39 Andy Phillips kick) – UTAH 14–7
  • (Q2, 9:47) USC – #31 Soma Vainuku 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – 14–14
  • (Q2, 3:40) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 18 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–14
  • (Q2, 1:07) USC – #35 Cameron Smith 54 yard interception run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 28–14
  • (Q2, 0:05) UTAH – #39 Andy Phillips 53 yard Field Goal – USC 28–17
  • (Q3, 3:37) USC – #6 Cody Kessler 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 35–17
  • (Q4, 9:58) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 25 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 42–17
  • (Q4, 4:00) UTAH – #18 Britain Covey 66 yard pass from #7 Travis Wilson (#39 Andy Phillips kick) – USC 42–24

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 10 17 0 27
Golden Bears 7 0 7 7 21
  • (Q1, 7:05) CAL – #1 Bryce Treggs 6 yard pass from #16 Jared Goff (#9 Matt Anderson kick) – CAL 7–0
  • (Q2, 13:32) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 13 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 7–7
  • (Q2, 0:11) USC – #39 Alex Wood 22 yard Field Goal – USC 10–7
  • (Q3, 9:50) USC – #23 Tre Madden 2 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 17–7
  • (Q3, 9:40) USC – #2 Adoree' Jackson 46 yard interception run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 24–7
  • (Q3, 5:46) CAL – #2 Daniel Lasco 6 yard run (#9 Matt Anderson kick) – USC 24–14
  • (Q3, 1:47) USC – #39 Alex Wood 43 yard Field Goal – USC 27–14
  • (Q4, 3:56) CAL – #89 Stephen Anderson 9 yard pass from #16 Jared Goff (#9 Matt Anderson kick) – USC 27–21

ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 10 3 10 30
Trojans 0 17 0 21 38
  • (Q1, 5:53) AZ – #6 Nate Phillips 9 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) – AZ 7–0
  • (Q2, 15:00) AZ – #4 David Richards 2 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) – AZ 14–0
  • (Q2, 11:39) USC – #39 Alex Wood 25 yard Field Goal – AZ 14–3
  • (Q2, 9:25) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 72 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – AZ 14–10
  • (Q2, 8:16) AZ – #41 Casey Skowron 37 yard Field Goal – AZ 17–10
  • (Q2, 3:02) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 5 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 17–17
  • (Q3, 10:56) AZ – #41 Casey Skowron 41 yard Field Goal – AZ 20–17
  • (Q4, 15:00) USC – #22 Justin Davis 9 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 24–20
  • (Q4, 10:09) AZ – #41 Casey Skowron 44 yard Field Goal – USC 24–23
  • (Q4, 9:37) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 74 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 31–23
  • (Q4, 2:42) USC – #22 Justin Davis 15 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 38–23
  • (Q4, 0:16) AZ – #1 Cayleb Jones 1 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) – USC 38–30

ColoradoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 3 3 14 7 27
Buffaloes 7 10 0 7 24
  • (Q1, 10:35) USC – #39 Alex Wood 22 yard Field Goal – USC 3–0
  • (Q1, 5:15) COL – #23 Phillip Lindsay 4 yard run (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) – COL 7–3
  • (Q2, 9:28) COL – #22 Nelson Spruce 9 yard pass from #15 Cade Apsay (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) – COL 14–3
  • (Q2, 3:14) COL – #10 Diego Gonzalez 28 yard Field Goal – COL 17–3
  • (Q2, 0:00) USC – #39 Alex Wood 41 yard Field Goal – COL 17–6
  • (Q3, 5:34) USC – #38 Jahleel Pinner 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – COL 17–13
  • (Q3, 2:32) USC – #48 Taylor McNamara 2 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 20–17
  • (Q4, 13:55) USC – #9 Juju Smith-Schuster 36 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 27–17
  • (Q4, 6:13) COL – #18 George Frazier 1 yard pass from #15 Cade Apsay (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) – USC 27–24

OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Trojans 7 7 14 0 28
#23 Ducks 14 17 7 10 48
  • (Q1, 7:34) ORE – #2 Bralon Addison 48 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 7–0
  • (Q1, 2:04) USC – #1 Darreus Rogers 27 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) – USC 7–7
  • (Q1, 1:46) ORE – #81 Evan Baylis 52 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 14–7
  • (Q2, 12:20) USC – #82 Tyler Petite 12 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) – USC 14–14
  • (Q2, 6:46) ORE – #7 Darren Carrington 37 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 21–14
  • (Q2, 2:47) ORE – #29 Kani Benoit 30 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 28–14
  • (Q2, 0:06) ORE – #41 Aidan Schneider 37 yard Field Goal – ORE 31–14
  • (Q3, 11:33) ORE – #88 Dwayne Stanford 21 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 38–14
  • (Q3, 9:48) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 12 yard run (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) – ORE 38–21
  • (Q3, 1:48) USC – #2 Adoree' Jackson 41 yard punt return (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) – ORE 38–28
  • (Q4, 12:57) ORE – #6 Charles Nelson 26 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) – ORE 45–28
  • (Q4, 7:00) ORE – #41 Aidan Schneider 22 yard Field Goal – ORE 48–28

UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Bruins 7 7 7 0 21
Trojans 3 17 13 7 40
  • (Q1, 7:58) USC – #39 Alex Wood 30 yard Field Goal – USC 3–0
  • (Q1, 3:32) UCLA – #24 Paul Perkins 19 yard run (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) – UCLA 7–3
  • (Q2, 12:06) USC – #6 Cody Kessler 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 10–7
  • (Q2, 9:49) UCLA – #18 Thomas Duarte 19 yard pass from #3 Josh Rosen (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) – UCLA 14–10
  • (Q2, 2:51) USC – #39 Alex Wood 21 yard Field Goal – UCLA 14–13
  • (Q2, 1:56) USC – #2 Adoree' Jackson 42 yard punt return (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 20–14
  • (Q3, 8:42) UCLA – #24 Paul Perkins 1 yard run (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) – UCLA 21–20
  • (Q3, 7:27) USC – #94 Rasheem Greene 31 yard fumble return, (2pts failed) – USC 26–21
  • (Q3, 1:57) USC – #1 Darreus Rogers 21 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 33–21
  • (Q4, 6:24) USC – #48 Taylor McNamara 8 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 40–21

Pac-12 Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Trojans 0 3 13 6 22
#7 Cardinal 3 10 14 14 41
  • (Q1, 9:13) STA – #34 Conrad Ukropina 30 yard Field Goal – STA 3–0
  • (Q2, 15:00) STA – #8 Kevin Hogan 11 yard pass from #5 Christian McCaffrey, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 10–0
  • (Q2, 8:35) STA – #34 Conrad Ukropina 23 yard Field Goal – STA 13–0
  • (Q2, 0:15) USC – #39 Alex Wood 40 yard Field Goal – STA 13–3
  • (Q3, 11:56) USC – #38 Jahleel Pinner 1 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick blocked) – STA 13–9
  • (Q3, 5:28) USC – #25 Ronald Jones II 27 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 16–13
  • (Q3, 3:16) STA – #8 Kevin Hogan 7 yard run (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 20–16
  • (Q3, 0:14) STA – #90 Solomon Thomas 30 yard fumble return, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 27–16
  • (Q4, 12:35) USC – #6 Cody Kessler 12 yard run (2pts failed) – STA 27–22
  • (Q4, 6:43) STA – #5 Christian McCaffrey 28 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) – STA 34–22
  • (Q4, 1:44) STA – #5 Christian McCaffrey 10 yard run – STA 41–22

Holiday BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Trojans 0 7 7 7 21
Badgers 0 13 7 3 23
  • (Q2, 13:34) WIS – #10 Rafael Gaglianone 28 yard Field Goal – WIS 3–0
  • (Q2, 9:28) WIS – #6 Corey Clement 6 yard run (#10 Rafael Gaglianone kick) – WIS 10–0
  • (Q2, 5:20) USC – #22 Justin Davis 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – WIS 10–7
  • (Q2, 0:30) WIS – #10 Rafael Gaglianone 33 yard Field Goal – WIS 13–7
  • (Q3, 7:54) WIS – #2 Joel Stave 4 yard pass from #46 Austin Traylor, (#10 Rafael Gaglianone kick) – WIS 20–7
  • (Q3, 5:38) USC – #22 Justin Davis 4 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) – WIS 20–14
  • (Q4, 10:28) USC – #1 Darreus Rogers 7 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) – USC 21–20
  • (Q4, 2:31) WIS – #10 Rafael Gaglianone 29 yard Field Goal – WIS 23–21

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 8 8 6 19 17 17 RV NR RV RV RV 22 RV 24 RV RV 
Coaches 10 10 7 18 16 17 RV NR RV RV RV 24 RV 24 RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR 24 NR 20 25 Not released

StatisticsEdit

TeamEdit

As of 11/22/2015.

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 45 45 35 20 145
All opponents 21 6 12 17 56

Pac-12 opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 44 113 72 58 287
Pac-12 opponents 63 67 45 65 240

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, PD: Passes Defended, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties, TD : Touchdown

Special teamsEdit

AwardsEdit

College Sports Madness All-American TeamEdit

  • Second Team

Su'a CravensLB – Junior

  • Third Team

Zach BannerOT  Junior

USA Today Sports Freshman All-America TeamEdit

  • First Team

Cameron SmithLB – Freshman
Iman Marshall- CB – Freshman

Pac-12 All-Conference TeamEdit

  • First Team

Juju Smith-SchusterWR – Sophomore
Zach BannerOT  Junior
Antwaun WoodsDT  Senior
Su'a CravensLB – Junior
Adoree' JacksonCB – Sophomore

  • Second Team

Chad WheelerOT  Junior
Delvon Simmons – DE  Senior
Soma Vainuku – FB  Senior
Adoree' JacksonRS – Sophomore

  • Honorable Mention

Cody KesslerQB  Senior
Justin DavisTB – Junior
Ronald Jones IITB – Freshman
Damien MamaOG – Sophomore
Cameron SmithLB – Freshman

Pac-12 All-Academic TeamEdit

  • First Team

Robby Kolanz – WR  Junior
Connor Spears – TE  Sophomore

  • Honorable Mention

Alex Wood – K  Junior

Pac-12 FreshmanEdit

  • Defensive Player of the Year

Cameron SmithLB – Freshman


NotesEdit

  • March 23, 2015 – Former Oklahoma tight end Tyler McNamara Transferring to USC.[2]
  • May 1, 2015 – Former SC Linebacker Charles Burks transferring to Azusa Pacific
  • June 24, 2015 – Former Florida Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe Transferring to USC.[3]
  • July 16, 2015 – Georgia Tech confirms addition of USC transfer Lamont Simmons.[4]
  • August 4, 2015 – Rahshead Johnson, former 4-star at USC, transfers to San Jose State.[5]
  • August 16, 2015 – Freshman Quarterback Ricky Town has decided to transfer.[6]
  • August 21, 2015 – Arkansas announces they have landed ex-USC QB Ricky Town.[7]
  • October 12, 2015 – Steve Sarkisian Fired as USC Football Coach.[8]
  • October 12, 2015 – Daelin Hayes De-Commits from USC Football.[9]
  • October 13, 2015 – Mique Juarez De-Commits from USC Football.[10]
  • October 30, 2015 – Athletic Director Pat Haden resigns from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee
  • November 30, 2015 – Clay Helton Hired As USC Football Head Coach.[11]
  • December 6, 2015 – USC has confirmed the firing of Justin Wilcox, Keith Heyward, Bob Connelly and Chris Wilson.[12]
  • December 13, 2015 – Zach Banner to Return for Senior Season at USC.[13]
  • December 16, 2015 – Su'a Cravens Declares for 2016 NFL Draft.[14]
  • December 18, 2015 – Tee Martin Promoted To Offensive Coordinator.[15]
  • December 22, 2015 – Cody Kessler, Soma Vainuku To Play In Senior Bowl.[16]
  • December 22, 2015 – Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. To Play In 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/113015aab.html
  2. ^ de Artolo, Alicia (March 23, 2015). "Former Oklahoma Tight end Tyler McNamara Transferring to USC". FanSided. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  3. ^ de Artolo, Alicia (June 24, 2015). "TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe Confirms Transfer". FanSided. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Taylor, John (July 16, 2015). "Georgia Tech confirms addition of USC transfer Lamont Simmons". FanSided. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Durkin, Jimmy (August 4, 2015). "Rahshead Johnson, former 4-star at USC, transfers to San Jose State". FanSided. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Castillo, Michael (August 16, 2015). "Steve Sarkisian Confirms Ricky Town Transfer". FanSided. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "It's Official: Arkansas Announces They Have Landed Ex-USC QB Ricky Town". Fox Sports. August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Steve Sarkisian Fired as USC Football Coach". Reign of Troy. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Daelin Hayes De-Commits from USC Football". Reign of Troy. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mique Juarez De-Commits from USC Football". Reign of Troy. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "Clay Helton Hired As USC Football Head Coach". Reign of Troy. November 30, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "USC Football: Clay Helton Reportedly Fires Defensive Coaching Staff". Reign of Troy. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Zach Banner to Return for Senior Season at USC". Reign of Troy. December 13, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "Su'a Cravens Declares for 2016 NFL Draft". Reign of Troy. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Tee Martin Promoted To Offensive Coordinator". Reign of Troy. December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Cody Kessler, Soma Vainuku To Play In Senior Bowl". Reign of Troy. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. To Play In 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". Reign of Troy. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.