USC Trojans football under Larry Smith

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Larry Smith was the coach of the University of Southern California's football team from 1987 to 1992. His teams won three Pacific-10 Conference titles and went to five bowl games, winning one. He amassed a record of 44–25–3 and was succeeded by John Robinson.

1987[edit]

1987 USC Trojans football
Pacific-10 Champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. Michigan State
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #17
AP #18
1987 record 8–4 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 USC § 7 1 0     8 4 0
#9 UCLA § 7 1 0     10 2 0
Washington 4 3 1     7 4 1
#20 Arizona State 3 3 1     7 4 1
Oregon 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arizona 2 3 3     4 4 3
California 2 3 2     3 6 2
Washington State 1 5 1     3 7 1
Oregon State 0 7 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The Trojans lost their inaugural game of Larry Smith's tenure to Michigan State in the first night game ever played at Spartan Stadium. USC secured a Rose Bowl berth by tying UCLA for the Pacific-10 championship and winning the head to head match. They faced Michigan State again, and lost 17–20.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 5:00 PM at #17 Michigan State* #19 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC L 13–27   77,922
September 19 12:30 PM Boston College* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 23–17   46,205
September 26 1:00 PM at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 31–14   62,000
October 3 6:30 PM Oregon State Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 48–14   47,979
October 10 1:00 PM at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR L 27–34   39,587
October 17 12:30 PM at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 37–23   71,678
October 24 12:30 PM at #10 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) CBS L 15–26   59,075
October 31 1:30 PM Washington State Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–7   24,834
November 7 12:30 PM Stanforddagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 39–24   58,922
November 14 1:30 PM Arizona Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 12–10   51,428
November 21 12:30 PM #5 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 17–13   92,516
January 1 2:00 PM vs. #8 Michigan State* #16 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–20   103,847
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 3 3 0 13
USC 0 0 3 14 17

USC clinches berth in the Rose Bowl with the win. [1]


1988[edit]

1988 USC Trojans football
Pac-10 Champions
Rose Bowl, L 14–22 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference Pacific-10
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #7
1988 record 10–2 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Pacific-10 football standings
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 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.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 4:30 PM at Boston College* #8 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 34–7   32,000
September 10 12:30 PM at Stanford #6 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 24–20   59,000
September 24 12:30 PM #3 Oklahoma* #4 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 23–7   86,124
October 1 6:30 PM at Arizona #3 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 38–15   52,314
October 8 1:30 PM #18 Oregondagger #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–14   63,452
October 15 12:30 PM #16 Washington #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 28–27   62,974
October 29 1:00 PM at Oregon State #3 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 41–20   31,117
November 5 3:30 PM California #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 35–3   73,937
November 12 12:30 PM at Arizona State #2 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ABC W 50–0   72,023
November 19 12:30 PM at #6 UCLA #2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 31–22   100,741
November 26 12:30 PM #1 Notre Dame* #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) ABC L 10–27   93,829
January 2 2:00 PM vs. #11 Michigan* #5 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 14–22   101,688
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

[2]

Awards and honors[edit]


1989[edit]

1989 USC Trojans football
Pacific-10 Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 17-10 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference Pacific-10
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #8
1989 record 9-2-1 (6-0-1 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Pacific-10 football standings
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 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.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 5:00 PM #22 Illinois* #5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 13–14   54,622
September 16 7:00 PM Utah State* #13 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 66–10   50,249
September 23 12:30 PM #20 Ohio State* #12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 42–3   69,876
September 30 12:30 PM at #19 Washington State #11 Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC W 18–17   38,434
October 7 12:30 PM Washington #9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 24–16   58,410
October 14 3:30 PM at California #10 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA Prime W 31–15   52,000
October 21 12:30 PM at #1 Notre Dame* #9 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) CBS L 24–28   59,075
October 28 3:30 PM Stanforddagger #10 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 19–0   67,411
November 4 3:30 PM Oregon State #9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 48–6   65,430
November 11 12:30 PM at #25 Arizona #9 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ABC W 24–3   52,606
November 18 12:30 PM UCLA #8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC T 10–10   86,672
January 1 2:00 PM vs. #3 Michigan* #12 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 17–10   103,450
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 10 0 8 18
Washington St 7 3 7 0 17


Notre Dame[edit]

Statistics

  • Receiving: John Jackson 14 receptions, 200 yards, TD [4]


Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

[5]


1990[edit]

1990 USC Trojans football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #20
1990 record 8–4–1 (5–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Washington 7 1 0     10 2 0
#20 USC 5 2 1     8 4 1
Oregon 4 3 0     8 4 0
California 4 3 1     7 4 1
Arizona 5 4 0     7 5 0
UCLA 4 4 0     5 6 0
Stanford 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arizona State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Washington State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

USC began the season by beating Syracuse in the eighth Kickoff Classic. They also won non-conference games against Penn State and Ohio State, the latter of which was suspended with 2:36 remaining because of severe thunderstorms. The Trojans would finish second in the Pac-10 and lost to Michigan State in their bowl game in an outcome reminiscent of their 1987 season.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 5:00 PM vs. Syracuse* #9 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 34–16   57,293
September 15 12:30 PM Penn State* #6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 19–14   70,594
September 22 3:30 PM at #21 Washington #5 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA Prime L 0–31   72,617
September 29 12:30 PM at #12 Ohio State* #18 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 35–26   89,422
October 6 7:30 PM Washington State #15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 30–17   59,357
October 13 12:30 PM at Stanford #16 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 37–22   62,000
October 20 3:30 PM Arizonadagger #15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime L 26–35   68,212
October 27 12:30 PM at Arizona State #21 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ABC W 13–6   64,717
November 3 3:30 PM California #21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime T 31–31   62,974
November 10 3:30 PM at Oregon State #23 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR Prime W 56–7   18,795
November 17 12:30 PM at UCLA #19 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 45–42   98,088
November 24 5:00 PM #7 Notre Dame #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) ABC L 6–10   91,639
December 31 11:30 AM vs. #22 Michigan State* #21 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (John Hancock Bowl) CBS L 16–17   50,562
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1991[edit]

1991 USC Trojans football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1991 record 3–8 (2–6 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Washington   8 0         12 0  
#8 California   6 2         10 2  
#19 UCLA   6 2         9 3  
#22 Stanford   6 2         8 4  
Arizona State   4 4         6 5  
Washington State   3 5         4 7  
Arizona   3 5         4 7  
USC   2 6         3 8  
Oregon   1 7         3 8  
Oregon State   1 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

After a disappointing loss to Memphis State (now University of Memphis) the Trojans shocked number five Penn State by winning 21–10. The win was a rare bright spot as USC would finish 3–8, including a six-game losing streak to end the season.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:30 PM Memphis State* #16 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 10–24   55,637
September 14 6:00 PM #5 Penn State* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 21–10   64,758
September 21 12:30 PM Arizona State #22 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 25–32   59,623
September 28 8:00 PM at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ESPN W 30–14   45,948
October 12 3:30 PM at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA Prime W 34–27   23,997
October 19 12:30 PM Stanforddagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 21–24   61,265
October 26 10:30 AM at #5 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) NBC L 20–24   59,075
November 2 12:30 PM at #10 California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA ABC L 30–52   70,000
November 9 12:30 PM #2 Washington Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 3–14   59,320
November 16 3:30 PM at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ Prime L 14–31   41,053
November 23 12:30 PM #25 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 21–24   84,623
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1992[edit]

1992 USC Trojans football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1992 record 6–5–1 (5–3 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »
1992 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Washington § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#9 Stanford § 6 2 0     10 3 0
#15 Washington State 5 3 0     9 3 0
USC 5 3 0     6 5 1
Arizona 4 3 1     6 5 1
Arizona State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Oregon 4 4 0     6 6 0
UCLA 3 5 0     6 5 0
California 2 6 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 0 7 1     1 9 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

USC's hundredth football season was also Larry Smith's last. Though they placed third in the Pac-10 and secured a bowl berth, they lost their last three games including their rivalry games against Notre Dame and UCLA. Smith was replaced at the end of the season by John Robinson, who returned to USC for a rare second tenure as head coach.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 12:30 PM at San Diego State* Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA ABC T 31–31   52,168
September 19 12:30 PM at #13 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC W 20–10   70,215
October 3 12:30 PM at #1 Washington #20 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC L 10–17   73,275
October 10 3:30 PM Oregon #20 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA Prime W 32–10   46,343
October 17 3:30 PM California #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 27–24   54,476
October 24 12:30 PM #13 Washington Statedagger #15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 31–21   54,038
October 31 3:30 PM at Arizona State #13 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ Prime W 23–13   51,096
November 7 3:30 PM at #21 Stanford #11 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA Prime L 9–23   72,571
November 14 12:30 PM #9 Arizona #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 14–7   53,849
November 21 4:30 PM at UCLA #15 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ESPN L 37–38   80,568
November 28 5:00 PM #5 Notre Dame* #19 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) ABC L 23–31   90,063
December 29 6:00 PM vs. Fresno State* #23 Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Freedom Bowl) Raycom L 7–24   50,745
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

USC at Oklahoma
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 0 0 20 20
Oklahoma 0 3 7 0 10


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern Cal takes roses from UCLA." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1989.htm
  3. ^ http://www.goldenarmfoundation.com/past-winners.html
  4. ^ 2012 USC football media supplement.
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1990.htm