2000 USC Trojans football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
2000 record5–7 (2–6 Pac-10)
Head coachPaul Hackett (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorHue Jackson (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Young (3rd season)
CaptainEnnis Davis
CaptainEric Denmon
CaptainZeke Moreno
CaptainPetros Papadakis
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
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Template:2000 Pacific-10 football standings The 2000 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third and final year under head coach Paul Hackett, the Trojans compiled a 5-7 record (2–6 against conference opponents), finished in a three-way tie for last place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 337 to 309.[1]

This was the last year of Hackett's tenure at USC, and the first year the Trojans had ever finished last in the Pac-10. After winning the 18th Kickoff Classic against ranked Penn State, the Trojans won their next two non-conference games and were ranked as high as eighth in the AP Poll. The game against San Jose State was the 500th game USC played in the Coliseum, which they won after trailing 24–12.

They lost their first conference game to Oregon State, breaking their 26-game winning streak against the conference rival, and lost the next four, eventually going 2–6 in conference play. It placed 8th, tied with California and Washington State. Petros Papadakis, a team captain for the season and current broadcaster, claims he was "the captain of the worst football team in USC history."[2]

Quarterback Carson Palmer led the team in passing, completing 228 of 415 passes for 2,914 yards with 16 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Sultan McCullough led the team in rushing with 227 carries for 1,163 yards and six touchdowns. Kareem Kelly led the team in receiving yards with 55 catches for 796 yards and four touchdowns.[3]


August 2711:30 a.m.vs. No. 22 Penn State*No. 15ABCW 29–578,902
September 95:00 p.m.Colorado*No. 11ABCW 17–1465,153
September 233:30 p.m.San Jose State*No. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 34–2456,545
September 303:30 Oregon StateNo. 8FSNW2L 21–3133,775
October 712:30 p.m.ArizonaNo. 18
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCL 15–3149,342
October 1412:30 p.m.No. 9 Oregon
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCL 17–2854,031
October 2112:30 StanfordABCL 30–3250,125
October 283:30 p.m.Californiadagger
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FSNL 16–2854,393
November 46:00 Arizona StateFSNWW 44–38 2OT49,865
November 113:30 p.m.Washington State
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FSNL 27–3340,565
November 183:30 UCLAFSNW2W 38–3580,227
November 2512:30 p.m.No. 11 Notre Dame*
ABCL 21–3881,342
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summariesEdit

Penn StateEdit


Penn State vs. USC
Kickoff Classic
by Quarter1234 Total
USC 14 9 0 6 29
Penn State 3 0 2 0 5


2000 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
C 50 Denmon, EricEric Denmon Sr
T 67 Eaves, PhillipPhillip Eaves Jr
RB 40 Fletcher, MiguelMiguel Fletcher So
WR 7 Fletcher, SandySandy Fletcher Fr
WR 2 Kelly, KareemKareem Kelly So
FB 21 MacKenzie, MalaefouMalaefou MacKenzie So
RB 4 McCullough, SultanSultan McCullough So
QB 3 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer 10px So
QB 11 Van Raaphorst, MikeMike Van Raaphorst Sr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 29 Cash, ChrisChris Cash Jr
LB 18 Dickerson, KoriKori Dickerson Jr
LB 9 Moreno, ZekeZeke Moreno Sr
S 47 Morgan, JohnJohn Morgan Sr
DT 90 Nielsen, RyanRyan Nielsen Jr
S 31 Ohalete, IfeanyiIfeanyi Ohalete Sr
S 43 Polamalu, TroyTroy Polamalu So
CB 42 Richard, KrisKris Richard Jr
DT 93 Riley, BernardBernard Riley So
LB 55 Steele, MarkusMarkus Steele Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 15 Newbury, DavidDavid Newbury Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Last update: 2001-02-16


  • No All Pac-10 selections[5]


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