1968 USC Trojans football team

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1968 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Pac-8 Champions
Rose Bowl, L 16–27 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #4
1968 record 9–1–1 (6–0 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay (9th year)
Captain O. J. Simpson
Captain Steve Sogge
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »
1968 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 USC $ 6 0 0     9 1 1
#15 Oregon State 5 1 0     7 3 0
Stanford 3 3 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 1     7 3 1
Oregon 2 4 0     4 6 0
UCLA 2 4 0     3 7 0
Washington State 1 3 1     3 6 1
Washington 1 5 1     3 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1968 college football season. In their ninth year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 9–1–1 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 259 to 168.[1] The team was ranked #2 in the final Coaches Poll and #4 in the final AP Poll.

Steve Sogge led the team in passing, completing 122 of 207 passes for 1,454 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. O. J. Simpson led the team in rushing with 383 carries for 1,880 yards and 23 touchdowns. Jim Lawrence led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns.[2] Simpson won both the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Award.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 21 at #16 Minnesota* #2 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 29–20   60,820
September 28 at Northwestern* #3 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 24–7   47,277
October 5 #13 Miami (FL)* #2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 28–3   71,189
October 12 at #18 Stanford #2 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–24   81,000
October 19 Washington #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 14–7   60,990
November 2 at Oregon #1 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 20–13   33,500
November 9 #11 Californiadagger #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 35–17   80,871
November 16 #13 Oregon State #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 17–13   59,236
November 23 at UCLA #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 28–16   75,066
November 30 #9 Notre Dame* #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Rivalry) T 21–21   82,659
January 1 vs. #1 Ohio State* #2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 16–27   102,063
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1968 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
O.J. Simpson Running Back 1 1 Buffalo Bills
Bob Klein 1 21 Los Angeles Rams
Bill Hayhoe Defensive Tackle 5 116 Green Bay Packers
Bob Miller Tackle 6 138 New Orleans Saints
Jim Lawrence Back 8 189 New Orleans Saints
Jack O’Malley Tackle 12 302 San Francisco 49ers
Mike Battle Defensive Back 12 311 New York Jets
Wilson Bowie Running Back 13 320 Detroit Lions

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1965-1969)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1968 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1969.htm
  4. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html