1974 USC Trojans football team

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1974 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Coaches' Poll national champion
Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 18–17 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 2
1974 record 10–1–1 (6–0–1 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay (15th season)
Captain Pat Haden
Captain Richard Wood
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 USC $ 6 0 1     10 1 1
Stanford 5 1 1     5 4 2
California 4 2 1     7 3 1
UCLA 4 2 1     6 3 2
Washington 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon State 3 4 0     3 8 0
Washington State 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. In their 15th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled a 10–1–1 record (6–0–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 363 to 142.[1] The team was ranked #1 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and #2 in the final AP Poll.

Quarterback Pat Haden led the team in passing, completing 70 of 149 passes for 988 yards with 13 touchdowns and 111 interceptions. Anthony Davis led the team in rushing with 301 carries for 1,421 yards and 13 touchdowns. J.K. McKay led the team in receiving with 34 catches for 550 yards and eight touchdowns.[2] Vince Evans backed up Haden. Allen Carter backed up Davis. The fullbacks were Ricky Bell, Dave Farmer and Mosi Tatupu. The starting flanker, Shelton Diggs, caught the two point conversion that lifted USC over Ohio State in the January 1975 Rose Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14 vs. No. 20 Arkansas* No. 5 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR L 7–22   54,622
September 28 at No. 8 Pittsburgh* No. 18 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 16–7   52,934
October 5 Iowa* No. 9 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 41–3   52,095
October 12 vs. Washington State No. 7 Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA W 54–7   32,000
October 19 at Oregon No. 6 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 16–7   32,500
October 26 Oregon Statedagger No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 35–10   52,392
November 2 California No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA T 15–15   53,921
November 9 at Stanford No. 11 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 35–10   83,500
November 16 Washington No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–11   51,157
November 23 at UCLA No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 34–9   82,467
November 30 No. 5 Notre Dame* No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Rivalry) W 55–24   83,552
January 1 vs. No. 3 Ohio State* No. 5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 18–17   106,721
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 3 0 8 11
USC 7 14 14 7 42

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1974 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 17, 1974