1975 USC Trojans football team

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1975 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Liberty Bowl, W 20–0 vs. Texas A&M
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 17
1975 record 8–4 (3–4 Pac-8)
Head coach John McKay (16th season)
Captain Kevin Bruce
Captain Danny Reece
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA ^ + 6 1 0     9 2 1
No. 14 California + 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
No. 17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their 15th year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled an 8–4 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 247 to 140.[1] The team was ranked #17 in the final AP Poll and #19 in the final UPI Coaches Poll.

Quarterback Vince Evans led the team in passing, completing 35 of 112 passes for 695 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ricky Bell led the team in rushing with 385 carries for 1,957 yards and 13 touchdowns. Randy Simmrin led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 478 yards and one touchdown.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 Duke* No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles W 35–7   56,727
September 19 Oregon State No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 24–7   50,165
September 27 Purdue* No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 19–6   56,170
October 4 at Iowa* No. 3 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 27–16   54,600
October 11 Washington State No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 28–10   47,468
October 18 Oregondagger No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 17–3   50,542
October 25 at No. 14 Notre Dame* No. 3 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana (Rivalry) ABC W 24–17   59,075
November 1 at California No. 4 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California ABC L 14–28   58,871
November 8 Stanford No. 9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles L 10–13   68,249
November 15 at Washington No. 13 Husky StadiumSeattle L 7–8   53,700
November 28 No. 14 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles (Battle for the Victory Bell) L 22–25   80,927
December 22 vs. No. 2 Texas A&M* Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, Tennessee (Liberty Bowl) ABC W 20–0   52,129
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

1975 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 42 Ricky Bell Jr
RB 21 Lynn Cain So
WR 26 Shelton Diggs Jr
QB 8 Vince Evans Jr
TE 86 William Gay So
QB 6 Rob Hertel So
G 61 Donnie Hickman Jr
G 66 Pat Howell Fr
G 65 Melvin Jackson Sr
T 76 Marvin Powell Jr
T 74 John Schuhmacher So
FB 36 Mosi Tatupu So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 44 Mike Burns Jr
LB 58 Mario Celotto So
LB 85 Garry Cobb Fr
DT 92 Rich Dimler Fr
LB 88 Ricky Jackson Fr
DT 79 Gary Jeter Jr
DT 96 Myron Lapka Fr
LB 57 David Lewis Jr
LB 52 Rod Martin Jr
LB 60 Clay Matthews So
DB 33 Ricky Odom So
DB 46 Danny Reece Sr
WR/DB 7 Dennis Thurman So
LB 55 Eric Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 39 Glen Walker Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit]

Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington St 3 0 0 7 10
USC 0 14 7 7 28

Ricky Bell 38 Rush, 217 Yds

[3]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• USC 0 7 7 10 24
Notre Dame 6 8 0 3 17

[4]

1975 team players in the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Danny Reece Defensive back 3 69 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Davis Tackle 8 211 New York Jets
Mel Jackson Guard 12 328 Green Bay Packers
Doug Hogan Defensive back 16 454 Oakland Raiders

[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1975 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Trojans Stagger Cougars". The Palm Beach Post. October 12, 1975. 
  4. ^ "Bells Gains 165, USC Clips Irish". The Register-Guard. Eugene. October 26, 1975. 
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm