1972 USC Trojans football team

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1972 USC Trojans football
Consensus National Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-8 Champions
Rose Bowl, W 42–17 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1972 record 12–0 (7–0 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay
Captain Sam Cunningham
Captain John Grant
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 USC 7 0 0     12 0 0
#15 UCLA 5 2 0     8 3 0
#19 Washington State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 3 4 0     3 8 0
Oregon 2 5 0     5 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California during the 1972 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 at #4 Arkansas* #8 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 31–10   54,461
September 16 Oregon State #1 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 51–6   56,305
September 23 at Illinois* #1 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 55–20   61,277
September 30 Michigan State* #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 51–6   63,934
October 7 at #15 Stanford #1 Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA W 30–21   84,000
October 14 California #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–14   56,488
October 21 #18 Washingtondagger #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34–7   59,151
October 28 Oregon #1 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 18–0   32,000
November 4 vs. Washington State #1 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 44–3   46,000
November 18 at #14 UCLA #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 24–7   82,929
December 2 #10 Notre Dame* #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame-USC rivalry) W 45–23   75,243
January 1 vs. #3 Ohio State* #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 42–17   106,869
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 0 3 14 14 31
Arkansas 3 0 0 7 10

Tailback Rod McNeill, who sat out the previous year with a hip injury, led the Trojans with 117 yards on 28 carries while Mike Rae, a backup for two seasons, completed 18 of 24 passes for 269 yards and in the second half completed nine straight passes at one point in his first start. [1]


Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon St 0 6 0 0 6
• USC 7 13 17 14 51

[2]


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 7 13 15 20 55
Illinois 7 7 6 0 20

[3] [4]



Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 0 6 0 0 6
• USC 14 7 3 27 51

[5]


Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 13 7 3 7 30
Stanford 10 3 0 8 21

[6]

California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
California 0 0 7 7 14
USC 14 7 14 7 42

[7]

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 0 0 7 7
• USC 7 13 14 0 34

[8]


Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 0 0 12 6 18
Oregon 0 0 0 0 0

[9]


Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 3 14 7 20 44
Washington State 3 0 0 0 3

[10]


UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 10 7 7 0 24
UCLA 7 0 0 0 7

Anthony Davis 25 Rush, 178 Yds

[11]


Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 7 13 0 23
USC 19 0 13 13 45

[12]


Rose Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 0 7 3 7 17
• USC 7 0 21 14 42

[13]



References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rae leads Southern Cal to 31-10 rout of Arkansas."
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Sept 17.
  3. ^ "USC Buries Illinois." 1972 Sept 24.
  4. ^ "Trojans Rip Illinois." Palm Beach Post. 1972 Sept 24.
  5. ^ "Top-rated Trojans blitz Sparts, 51–6." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 1.
  6. ^ "USC gets revenge as Cards halted." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 8.
  7. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 15.
  8. ^ "Trojans overpower Washington by 34-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 22.
  9. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 29.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Trojans roll past Bruins, 24-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Nov 19.
  12. ^ "Davis' spree leads USC to 45-23 rout." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Dec 3.
  13. ^ "It's 'bring on Miami' after USC wins easily." Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Jan 2.