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1971 USC Trojans football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
APNo. 20
1971 record6–4–1 (3–2–1 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn McKay (12th season)
CaptainWillie Hall
CaptainJohn Vella
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
Template:1971 Pacific-8 football standings

The 1971 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1971 college football season. In their 12th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 6–4–1 record (3–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 229 to 164.[1] The team was ranked #20 in the final AP Poll.

Jim Jones led the team in passing, completing 89 of 161 passes for 995 yards with seven touchdowns and ten interceptions. Lou Harris led the team in rushing with 167 carries for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Edesel Garrison led the team in receiving with 25 catches for 475 yards and five touchdowns.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 10No. 16 Alabama*No. 5L 10–1767,781
September 18at Rice*No. 17W 24–022,000
September 25Illinois*No. 16
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 28–049,390
October 2at No. 8 Oklahoma*No. 17L 20–3362,351
October 9Oregon
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 23–2850,111
October 16No. 15 Stanford
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
L 18–3365,375
October 23at No. 6 Notre Dame*W 28–1459,075
October 30at CaliforniaNo. 20W 28–054,000
November 6Washington StatedaggerNo. 17
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 30–2057,432
November 13at No. 19 WashingtonNo. 15W 13–1259,982
November 20UCLANo. 15
T 7–768,426
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


Season summary

Notre Dame

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 14 14 0 0 28
Notre Dame 7 0 7 0 14

[3]


Roster

1971 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 77 Adams, PetePete Adams Jr
RB 39 Cunningham, SamSam Cunningham Jr
QB 8 Jones, JimJim Jones Sr
QB 6 Rae, MikeMike Rae Jr
T 75 Vella, JohnJohn Vella Sr
TE 89 Young, CharleCharle Young Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 94 Grant, JohnJohn Grant Jr
DB 46 Thomas, SkipSkip Thomas Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

References

  1. "Southern California Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/s/southern_california/1970-1974_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. "1971 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/southern-california/1971.html. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. "Notre Dame Falls 28-14". The Palm Beach Post. October 24, 1971.
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