1961 USC Trojans football
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
1961 record4–5–1 (2–1–1 AAWU)
Head coachJohn McKay (2nd season)
CaptainBritt Williams
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 123,538, grass)
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Template:1961 AAWU football standings The 1961 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1961 college football season. In their second year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 4–5–1 record (2–1–1 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 167 to 151.[1]

Quarterback Bill Nelsen led the team in passing, completing 39 of 86 passes for 683 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Ben Wilson led the team in rushing, with 619 yards on 139 carries. Hal Bedsole was the team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 525 yards and six touchdowns.[2] Bedsole was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.


September 22Georgia Tech*L 7–2732,928
September 29SMU*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 21–1629,148
October 7No. 1 Iowa*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 34–3530,263
October 14at No. 8 Notre Dame*L 0–3050,427
October 21at CaliforniaW 28–1438,000
October 28Illinois*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 14–1028,694
November 4at WashingtonT 0–054,916
November 11Stanforddagger
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
W 30–1536,598
November 18at Pittsburgh*L 9–1034,820
November 25UCLA
L 7–1057,580
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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