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1981 USC Trojans football
Fiesta Bowl, L 10–26 vs. Penn State
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 14
1981 record9–3 (5–2 Pac-10)
Head coachJohn Robinson (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorR. C. Slocum (1st season)
CaptainMarcus Allen
Chip Banks
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,604, grass)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
#14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled a 9–3 record (5–2 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 284 to 170.[1]

Quarterback John Mazur led the team in passing, completing 93 of 194 passes for 1,128 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Marcus Allen led the team in rushing with 433 carries for 2,427 yards and 22 touchdowns. Jeff Simmons led the team in receiving yards with 28 catches for 543 yards and one touchdown.[2] Allen became the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. He also gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award and was also the Pac-10 player of the year.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12Tennessee*No. 5W 43–762,147
September 19at Indiana*No. 2ONTVW 21–051,167
September 26No. 2 Oklahoma*No. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 28–2485,651
October 3at Oregon StateNo. 1W 56–2233,000
October 10ArizonaNo. 1
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 10–1356,315
October 17StanforddaggerNo. 7
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
W 25–1776,291
October 24at Notre Dame*No. 5W 14–759,075
October 31No. 14 Washington StateNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 41–1760,972
November 7at CaliforniaNo. 3W 21–374,000
November 14at WashingtonNo. 3L 3–1347,347
November 21No. 15 UCLANo. 10
ABCW 22–2189,432
January 1, 1982vs. No. 7 Penn State*No. 8NBCL 10–2671,053
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

TennesseeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Tennessee 0 0 7 0 7
• USC 6 20 10 7 43

Marcus Allen 22 Rush, 210 Yds (sat out most of second half)[3]

UCLAEdit

UCLA vs. USC
by Quarter1234 Total
UCLA 7 11 3 0 21
USC 3 9 0 10 22
  • Source: Eugene Register-Guard

RosterEdit

1981 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense John Mazur QB
Pos. # Name Class
RB 33 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen Sr
G 64 Foster, RoyRoy Foster Sr
C 66 Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews Jr
T 72 Mosebar, DonDon Mosebar Jr
QB 7 Salisbury, SeanSean Salisbury Fr
WR 29 Simmons, JeffJeff Simmons Jr
QB 15 Tinsley, ScottScott Tinsley Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 51 Banks, ChipChip Banks Sr
DT 94 Darby, ByronByron Darby Jr
S 47 Browner, JoeyJoey Browner Jr
LB 87 Curley, AugustAugust Curley Jr
LB 52 Del Rio, JackJack Del Rio Fr
DT 93 Thomas, KellyKelly Thomas Jr
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

1981 Team Players in the NFLEdit

Awards pand honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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