1970 USC Trojans football team

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1970 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 15
1970 record 6–4–1 (3–4 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay (11th year)
Captain Bob Chandler
Charlie Weaver
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
« 1969 1971 »
1970 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Stanford $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
Washington 4 3 0     6 4 0
Oregon 4 3 0     6 4 1
UCLA 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
#15 USC 3 4 0     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1970 college football season. In their 11th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 6–4–1 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 343 to 233.[1] The team was ranked #15 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final Coaches Poll.

On September 12, 1970, USC opened the season visiting the University of Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and became the first fully integrated team to play in the State of Alabama.[2] The game, scheduled by Bryant, resulted in a 42–21 win for the Trojans. More importantly, all six touchdowns scored by USC team were by African-American players, two by USC running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham, against an all-white Crimson Tide team.[3] The game hastened the racial integration of football at Alabama and in the South.[2][4]

Jim Jones led the team in passing, completing 121 of 234 passes for 1,877 yards with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Clarence Davis led the team in rushing with 214 carries for 972 yards and nine touchdowns. Bob Chandler led the team in receiving with 41 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12 vs. No. 16 Alabama* No. 3 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 42–21   72,175
September 19 No. 9 Nebraska* No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA T 21–21   73,768
September 26 at Iowa* No. 7 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 48–0   56,131
October 3 Oregon State No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 45–13   57,769
October 10 at No. 12 Stanford No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 14–24   86,000
October 17 Washington No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 28–25   56,166
October 24 at Oregon No. 10 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR L 7–10   34,000
October 31 Californiadagger No. 18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA L 10–13   54,750
November 7 vs. Washington State Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA W 70–33   14,500
November, 21 at UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) L 20–45   78,773
November, 28 No. 4 Notre Dame* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Rivalry) W 38–28   64,694
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 12 10 10 10 42
Alabama 0 7 6 8 21

Nebraska[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 7 27 14 0 48
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0

[6]

Oregon State[edit]

Jimmy Jones 15/21, 304 Yds, 3 TD, rush TD

[7]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 7 7 7 7 28
USC 21 3 14 0 38

[8]

1970 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1970 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Marv Montgomery Tackle 1 12 Denver Broncos
Tody Smith Defensive Tackle 1 25 Dallas Cowboys
Charles Weaver Defensive End 2 48 Detroit Lions
Sam Dickerson Wide Receiver 3 55 San Francisco 49ers
Gerry Mullins Tight End 4 86 Pittsburgh Steelers
Clarence Davis Running Back 4 97 Oakland Raiders
Greg Slough Linebacker 6 149 Oakland Raiders
Herman Franklin Wide Receiver 6 152 Detroit Lions
Bob Chandler Wide Receiver 6 149 Buffalo Bills
Bob Chandler Wide Receiver 7 160 Buffalo Bills
Charles Evans Running Back 14 356 New York Giants

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Yaeger, Don; Sam Cunningham; John Papadakis (September 1, 2006). Turning of the Tide: How One Game Changed the South. Center Street. ISBN 1-931722-94-3. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Lenn (August 26, 2007). "Trojans Have Horses". New York Post. Retrieved August 26, 2007. 
  4. ^ Forde, Pat (August 28, 2007). "The Dash Is Off and Running". ESPN. Retrieved August 28, 2007. 
  5. ^ "1970 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Trojans Roll Past Iowa". The Register-Guard. Eugene, OR. September 27, 1970. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Jones quiets critics by passing USC past OSU". The Register-Guard. Eugene, OR. October 4, 1970. 
  8. ^ "Trojans Down Irish by 38-28". The Register-Guard. Eugene. November 29, 1970. 
  9. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm