1961 USC Trojans football team

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1961 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Conference Athletic Association of Western Universities
1961 record 4–5–1 (2–1–1 AAWU)
Head coach John McKay (2nd year)
Captain Britt Williams
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 123,538, grass)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 AAWU football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 UCLA $ 3 1 0     7 4 0
USC 2 1 1     4 5 1
Washington 2 1 1     5 4 1
Stanford 1 3 0     4 6 0
California 1 3 0     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1961 college football season. In their second year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 4–5–1 record (2–1–1 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 167 to 151.[1]

Quarterback Bill Nelsen led the team in passing, completing 39 of 86 passes for 683 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Ben Wilson led the team in rushing, with 619 yards on 139 carries. Hal Bedsole was the team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 525 yards and six touchdowns.[2] Bedsole was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22 Georgia Tech* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 7–27   32,928
September 29 SMU* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 21–16   29,148
October 7 No. 1 Iowa* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA L 34–35   30,263
October 14 at No. 8 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) L 0–30   50,427
October 21 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 28–14   38,000
October 28 Illinois* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 14–10   28,694
November 4 at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA T 0–0   54,916
November 11 Stanforddagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 30–15   36,598
November 18 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 9–10   34,820
November 25 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) L 7–10   57,580
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1961 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.