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1975 USC Trojans football
Liberty Bowl, W 20–0 vs. Texas A&M
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 17
1975 record8–4 (3–4 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn McKay (16th season)
CaptainKevin Bruce
CaptainDanny Reece
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA § 6 1 0     9 2 1
#14 California § 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
#17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their 15th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled an 8–4 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 247 to 140.[1] The team was ranked #17 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final UPI Coaches Poll.

Quarterback Vince Evans led the team in passing, completing 35 of 112 passes for 695 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ricky Bell led the team in rushing with 385 carries for 1,957 yards and 13 touchdowns. Randy Simmrin led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 478 yards and one touchdown.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12Duke*No. 4W 35–756,727
September 19Oregon StateNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 24–750,165
September 27Purdue*No. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 19–656,170
October 4at Iowa*No. 3W 27–1654,600
October 11Washington StateNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 28–1047,468
October 18OregondaggerNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 17–350,542
October 25at No. 14 Notre Dame*No. 3ABCW 24–1759,075
November 1at CaliforniaNo. 4ABCL 14–2858,871
November 8StanfordNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
L 10–1368,249
November 15at WashingtonNo. 13L 7–853,700
November 28No. 14 UCLA
L 22–2580,927
December 22vs. No. 2 Texas A&M*ABCW 20–052,129
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1975 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 42 Bell, RickyRicky Bell Jr
RB 21 Cain, LynnLynn Cain So
WR 26 Diggs, SheltonShelton Diggs Jr
QB 8 Evans, VinceVince Evans Jr
TE 86 Gay, WilliamWilliam Gay So
QB 6 Hertel, RobRob Hertel So
OG 61 Hickman, DonnieDonnie Hickman Jr
OG 66 Howell, PatPat Howell Fr
OG 65 Jackson, MelvinMelvin Jackson Sr
OT 76 Powell, MarvinMarvin Powell Jr
OT 74 Schuhmacher, JohnJohn Schuhmacher So
FB 36 Tatupu, MosiMosi Tatupu So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 44 Burns, MikeMike Burns Jr
LB 58 Celotto, MarioMario Celotto So
LB 85 Cobb, GarryGarry Cobb Fr
DT 92 Dimler, RichRich Dimler Fr
LB 88 Jackson, RickyRicky Jackson Fr
DT 79 Jeter, GaryGary Jeter Jr
DT 96 Lapka, MyronMyron Lapka Fr
LB 57 Lewis, DavidDavid Lewis Jr
LB 52 Martin, RodRod Martin Jr
LB 60 Matthews, ClayClay Matthews So
DB 33 Odom, RickyRicky Odom So
CB 46 Reece, DannyDanny Reece Sr
DB 7 Thurman, DennisDennis Thurman So
LB 55 Williams, EricEric Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 39 Walker, GlenGlen Walker Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• USC 0 7 17 3 27
Iowa 10 0 0 6 16

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[3]


Washington StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Washington St 3 0 0 7 10
USC 0 14 7 7 28

Ricky Bell 38 Rush, 217 Yds

[4]


Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• USC 0 7 7 10 24
Notre Dame 6 8 0 3 17

[5]


1975 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Danny Reece Defensive back 3 69 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Davis Tackle 8 211 New York Jets
Mel Jackson Guard 12 328 Green Bay Packers
Doug Hogan Defensive back16 454 Oakland Raiders
[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/s/southern_california/1975-1979_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. "1975 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/southern-california/1975.html. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 5. Retrieved 2018-Nov-09.
  4. "Trojans Stagger Cougars". The Palm Beach Post. October 12, 1975.
  5. "Bells Gains 165, USC Clips Irish". The Register-Guard (Eugene). October 26, 1975.
  6. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm
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