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1980 USC Trojans football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 11
1980 record8–2–1 (4–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coachJohn Robinson (5th season)
CaptainRonnie Lott
CaptainKeith Van Horne
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,604, grass)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Washington 6 1 0     9 3 0
#13 UCLA 5 2 0     9 2 0
#11 USC 4 2 1     8 2 1
Arizona State 5 3 0     7 4 0
Oregon 4 3 1     6 3 2
Stanford 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 7 0
California 3 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 8–2–1 record (4–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in third place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 265 to 134.[1]

Quarterback Gordon Adams led the team in passing, completing 104 of 179 passes for 1,237 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Marcus Allen led the team in rushing with 354 carries for 1,563 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hoby Brenner led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 315 yards and no touchdowns.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13at Tennessee*No. 5ESPNW 20–1795,049
September 20No. 20 South Carolina*No. 4W 23–1358,385
September 27at Minnesota*No. 5W 24–755,115
October 4Arizona StatedaggerNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 23–2169,052
October 11at ArizonaNo. 2ONTVW 27–1054,789
October 18at OregonNo. 2USAT 7–743,733
November 1CaliforniaNo. 7
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 60–755,658
November 8at StanfordNo. 4ABCW 34–984,892
November 15WashingtonNo. 2
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 10–2055,515
November 22at No. 18 UCLANo. 12
ABCL 17–2083,491
December 6No. 2 Notre Dame*No. 17
ABCW 20–382,663
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1980 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 33 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen Jr
TE 89 Brenner, HobyHoby Brenner Sr
G 64 Foster, RoyRoy Foster Jr
WR 5 Hart, SpeedySpeedy Hart Sr
TE 85 Hunter, JamesJames Hunter Sr
C 66 Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews So
T 72 Mosebar, DonDon Mosebar So
G 77 Ruettgers, KenKen Ruettgers Fr
WR 25 Simmons, JeffJeff Simmons So
T 67 Thomas, KellyKelly Thomas So
QB 15 Tinsley, ScottScott Tinsley So
T 68 Van Horne, KeithKeith Van Horne Sr
WR 8 Williams, KevinKevin Williams Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 51 Banks, ChipChip Banks Jr
DT 94 Darby, BryonBryon Darby So
S 47 Browner, JoeyJoey Browner So
LB 54 Busick, SteveSteve Busick Sr
LB 87 Curley, AugustAugust Curley So
CB 40 Fisher, JeffJeff Fisher Sr
FS 42 Lott, RonnieRonnie Lott Sr
LB 81 Scoggins, EricEric Scoggins Sr
DB 49 Smith, DennisDennis Smith Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 13 Perry, JohnJohn Perry Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

Arizona StEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Arizona St 0 7 7 7 21
• USC 7 13 3 0 23
  • Date: October 4
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Game attendance: 69,052

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OregonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 0 7 0 0 7
Oregon 0 0 7 0 7

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Notre DameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 0 3 0 3
USC 0 10 0 10 20

[5][6]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

  • Ronnie Lott, 1st round, San Francisco 49ers
  • Keith Van Horne, 1st round, Chicago Bears
  • Dennis Smith, 1st round, Denver Broncos\
  • Ray Butler, 4th round, Baltimore Colts
  • Kevin Williams, 7th round, New Orleans Saints
  • Jeff Fisher, 7th round, Chicago Bears
  • Steve Busick, 7th round, Denver Broncos
  • James Hunter, 9th round, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Eric Scoggins, 12th round, Baltimore Colts

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Southern California Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/s/southern_california/1980-1984_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. "1980 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/southern-california/1980.html. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. Eugene Register-Guard. "Southern Cal wins, but sloppily, 23-21." 1980 Oct 5. Retrieved 2018-Sep-02.
  4. Gadsden Times. 1980 Oct 19. Retrieved 2018-Dec-16.
  5. "USC Makes Sure Notre Dame Won't Be No. 1". The Register-Guard (Eugene): p. 11. December 7, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=4pF9x-cDGsoC&dat=19801207&printsec=frontpage&hl=en. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  6. "Trojans Knock Irish From Pedestal, 20-3". Ocala Star-Banner. December 7, 1980.
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