1971 USC Trojans football team

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1971 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
AP No. 20
1971 record 6–4–1 (3–2–1 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay (12th season)
Captain Willie Hall
Captain John Vella
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Stanford $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
No. 20 USC 3 2 1     6 4 1
No. 19 Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     4 7 0
UCLA 1 4 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1971 college football season. In their 12th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 6–4–1 record (3–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 229 to 164.[1] The team was ranked #20 in the final AP Poll.

Jim Jones led the team in passing, completing 89 of 161 passes for 995 yards with seven touchdowns and ten interceptions. Lou Harris led the team in rushing with 167 carries for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Edesel Garrison led the team in receiving with 25 catches for 475 yards and five touchdowns.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 No. 16 Alabama* No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles L 10–17   67,781
September 18 at Rice* No. 17 Rice StadiumHouston W 24–0   22,000
September 25 Illinois* No. 16 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 28–0   49,390
October 2 at No. 8 Oklahoma* No. 17 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma L 20–33   62,351
October 9 Oregon Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles L 23–28   50,111
October 16 No. 15 Stanford Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles L 18–33   65,375
October 23 at No. 6 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana (Rivalry) W 28–14   59,075
October 30 at California No. 20 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California W 28–0   54,000
November 6 Washington Statedagger No. 17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 30–20   57,432
November 13 at No. 19 Washington No. 15 Husky StadiumSeattle W 13–12   59,982
November 20 UCLA No. 15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles (Battle for the Victory Bell) T 7–7   68,426
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Season summary[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

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

[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1971 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Notre Dame Falls 28-14". The Palm Beach Post. October 24, 1971.