1979 USC Trojans football team

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1979 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Rose Bowl champion
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl, W 17–16 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1979 record 11–0–1 (6–0–1 Pac-10)
Head coach John Robinson (4th season)
Captain Dennis Johnson
Captain Charles White
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 USC $ 6 0 1     11 0 1
No. 11 Washington 5 2 0     9 3 0
Arizona 4 3 0     6 5 1
Oregon 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 5 4 0     6 6 0
Stanford 3 3 1     5 5 1
Arizona State * 3 4 0     6 6 0
UCLA 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – Arizona State later forfeited 5 wins (3 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 11–0–1 record (6–0–1 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 389 to 171.[1] The team was ranked #2 in both the final AP Poll and the final UPI Coaches Poll.

Quarterback Paul McDonald led the team in passing, completing 164 of 264 passes for 2,223 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Charles White led the team in rushing with 332 carries for 2,050 yards and 19 touchdowns. Dan Garcia led the team in receiving with 29 catches for 492 yards and three touchdowns.[2]

Roster[edit]

1979 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 33 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen So
G 71 Budde, BradBrad Budde Sr
TE 89 Brenner, HobyHoby Brenner Jr
QB 16 McDonald, PaulPaul McDonald Sr
T 77 Munoz, AnthonyAnthony Munoz Sr
T 68 Van Horne, KeithKeith Van Horne Jr
RB 12 White, CharlesCharles White Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 51 Banks, ChipChip Banks So
LB 56 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson Sr
FS 42 Lott, RonnieRonnie Lott Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 at Texas Tech* No. 1 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 21–7   52,991
September 15 at Oregon State No. 1 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR ONTV W 42–5   32,000
September 22 Minnesota* No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 48–14   61,766
September 29 at No. 20 LSU* No. 1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 17–12   78,322
October 6 Washington State No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 50–21   55,117
October 13 Stanforddagger No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA T 21–21   76,067
October 20 at No. 9 Notre Dame* No. 4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) ABC W 42–23   59,075
October 27 at California No. 3 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 24–14   76,780
November 3 Arizona No. 3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34–7   62,054
November 10 at No. 15 Washington No. 4 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 24–17   60,527
November 24 UCLA No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) KABC W 49–14   88,214
January 1 vs. No. 1 Ohio State* No. 3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 17–16   105,526
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 7 14 21 42
Notre Dame 0 7 7 9 23
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: South Bend, IN

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 10 7 7 24
Washington 3 0 7 7 17

[3]

1979 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

  • Marcus Allen
  • Chip Banks
  • Joey Browner
  • Ronnie Lott
  • Dennis Smith
  • Jeff Fisher
  • Bruce Matthews
  • Don Mosebar
  • Anthony Munoz
  • Keith Van Horne
  • Charles White

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Brad Budde, Lombardi Award
  • Charles White, Heisman Trophy[4]
  • Charles White, Maxwell Award
  • Charles White, Walter Camp Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1979 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USC Wins Bowl Berth Unless...". The Register-Guard. Eugene. November 11, 1979. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.