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1988 USC Trojans football
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl, L 14–22 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 7
1988 record10–2 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coachLarry Smith (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorChuck Stobart (2nd season)
CaptainRodney Peete
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 USC 8 0 0     10 2 0
#6 UCLA 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Washington State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Arizona 5 3 0     7 4 0
Arizona State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington 3 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon 3 5 0     6 6 0
Oregon State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Stanford 1 5 2     3 6 2
California 1 5 1     5 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1988 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled a 10–2 record (8–0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 370 to 184.[1]

The Trojans won their first 10 games of the season, running the conference table and beating third-ranked Oklahoma at home. They were ranked second in the nation before their match with number-one ranked Notre Dame. After losing to the Fighting Irish in their final regular-season game, they faced Michigan in the Rose Bowl, losing 14–22.

Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 223 of 359 passes for 2,812 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Aaron Emanuel led the team in rushing with 108 carries for 545 yards and eight touchdowns. Erik Affholter led the team in receiving yards with 68 catches for 952 yards and eight touchdowns.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 14:30 p.m.at Boston College*No. 8ESPNW 34–732,000
September 1012:30 p.m.at StanfordNo. 6ABCW 24–2059,000
September 2412:30 p.m.No. 3 Oklahoma*No. 4ABCW 23–786,124
October 16:30 p.m.at ArizonaNo. 3W 38–1552,314
October 81:30 p.m.No. 18 OregondaggerNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 42–1463,452
October 1512:30 p.m.No. 16 WashingtonNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 28–2762,974
October 291:00 p.m.at Oregon StateNo. 3W 41–2031,117
November 53:30 p.m.CaliforniaNo. 2
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
PrimeW 35–373,937
November 1212:30 p.m.at Arizona StateNo. 2ABCW 50–072,023
November 1912:30 p.m.at No. 6 UCLANo. 2ABCW 31–22100,741
November 2612:30 p.m.No. 1 Notre Dame*No. 2
ABCL 10–2793,829
January 2, 19892:00 p.m.vs. No. 11 Michigan*No. 5
ABCL 14–22101,688
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1988 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 42 Affholter, ErikErik Affholter Sr
WR 88 Arrington, GeneGene Arrington Sr
RB 34 Ervins, RickyRicky Ervins So
TE 86 Galbraith, ScottScott Galbraith Jr
TE 17 Green, PaulPaul Green Sr
RB 39 Holt, LeroyLeroy Holt Jr
QB 13 Marinovich, ToddTodd Marinovich Fr
QB 4 O'Hara, PatPat O'Hara So
C 63 Leggett, BradBrad Leggett Jr
QB 16 Peete, RodneyRodney Peete Sr
G 75 Tucker, MarkMark Tucker So
WR 83 Wellman, GaryGary Wellman So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 98 Barber, KurtKurt Barber Fr
S 7 Carrier, MarkMark Carrier So
CB 2 Hale, ChrisChris Hale Sr
DT 93 Harlow, PatPat Harlow So
DT 90 Owens, DanDan Owens Jr
LB 35 Ross, ScottScott Ross So
DT 99 Ryan, TimTim Ryan Jr
LB 55 Seau, JuniorJunior Seau So
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

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

AP 6 (3) 8 (1) 6 (1) 5 (1) 5 (1) 3 (2) 3 (2) 3 (3) 3 (5) 3 (5) 2 (11) 2 (15) 2 (18) 2 (22) 5 5 7

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Coaches 8 8 6 5 4 3 (1) 3 3 3 (2) 3 2 (16) 2 (14) 2 (13) 2 (16) 6 5 9

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[3]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Erik Affholter Wide receiver 4 110 Washington Redskins
Rodney Peete Quarterback 6 141 Detroit Lions
Chris Hale Defensive back 7 193 Buffalo Bills
Paul Green Tight end 8 208 Denver Broncos
Derrell Marshall Tackle 12 332 Buffalo Bills
[4]

Awards and honorsEdit


ReferencesEdit

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