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1989 USC Trojans football
Pacific-10 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 17–10 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 8
1989 record9–2–1 (6–0–1 Pac-10)
Head coachLarry Smith
CaptainLeroy Holt
Tim Ryan
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 USC 6 0 1     9 2 1
#23 Washington 5 3 0     8 4 0
Oregon 5 3 0     8 4 0
#25 Arizona 5 3 0     8 4 0
Arizona State 3 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 1     4 7 1
Washington State 3 5 0     6 5 0
Stanford 3 5 0     3 8 0
UCLA 2 5 1     3 7 1
California 2 6 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was intended to start historic fashion, with USC set to play Illinois in Moscow in what was dubbed the Glasnost Bowl. However, the plan to play the game at Dynamo Stadium fell through, and the game was rescheduled at Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans lost the game as the Illini scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

USC won their third consecutive conference championship and gained their 600th program win in a victory against Oregon State. They played third-ranked Michigan in the Rose Bowl and won giving Larry Smith his only bowl victory as head coach.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 45:00 p.m.No. 22 Illinois*No. 5ABCL 13–1454,622
September 167:00 p.m.Utah State*No. 13
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 66–1050,249
September 2312:30 p.m.No. 20 Ohio State*No. 12
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 42–369,876
September 3012:30 p.m.at No. 19 Washington StateNo. 11ABCW 18–1738,434
October 712:30 p.m.WashingtonNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 24–1658,410
October 143:30 p.m.at CaliforniaNo. 10PrimeW 31–1552,000
October 2112:30 p.m.at No. 1 Notre Dame*No. 9CBSL 24–2859,075
October 283:30 p.m.StanforddaggerNo. 10
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
PrimeW 19–067,411
November 43:30 p.m.Oregon StateNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
PrimeW 48–665,430
November 1112:30 p.m.at No. 25 ArizonaNo. 9ABCW 24–352,606
November 1812:30 p.m.UCLANo. 8
ABCT 10–1086,672
January 1, 19902:00 p.m.vs. No. 3 Michigan*No. 12ABCW 17–10103,450
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1989 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 34 Ervins, RickyRicky Ervins Jr
TE 86 Galbraith, ScottScott Galbraith Sr
RB 39 Holt, LeroyLeroy Holt Sr
QB 13 Marinovich, ToddTodd Marinovich So
QB 4 O'Hara, PatPat O'Hara Jr
C 63 Leggett, BradBrad Leggett Sr
G 75 Tucker, MarkMark Tucker Jr
WR 83 Wellman, GaryGary Wellman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 98 Barber, KurtKurt Barber So
S 7 Carrier, MarkMark Carrier Jr
DT 93 Harlow, PatPat Harlow Jr
DT 90 Owens, DanDan Owens Sr
LB 35 Ross, ScottScott Ross Jr
DT 99 Ryan, TimTim Ryan Sr
LB 55 Seau, JuniorJunior Seau 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

Game summariesEdit

Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio St 3 0 0 0 3
• USC 0 21 14 7 42

[1]

Washington StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 0 10 0 8 18
Washington St 7 3 7 0 17

Notre DameEdit

Statistics

  • Receiving: John Jackson 14 receptions, 200 yards, TD [2]

StanfordEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Stanford 0 0 0 0 0
• USC 0 10 3 6 19

[3]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1990 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Junior Seau Linebacker 1 5 San Diego Chargers
Mark Carrier Safety 1 6 Chicago Bears
Dan Owens Defensive End 2 35 Detroit Lions
Tim Ryan Defensive End 3 61 Chicago Bears
William Schultz Guard 4 94 Indianapolis Colts
Leroy Holt Running Back 5 137 Miami Dolphins
Scott Galbraith Tight End 7 178 Cleveland Browns
Aaron Emanuel Running Back 7 191 New York Giants
Brad Leggett Center 8 219 Denver Broncos
Ernest Spears Defensive Back 10 216 New Orleans Saints
[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gainesville Sun. 1989 Sept 24.
  2. 2012 USC football media supplement.
  3. Gainesville Sun. 1989 Oct 29.
  4. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1990.htm
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