1980 USC Trojans football team

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1980 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 11
1980 record 8–2–1 (4–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coach John Robinson (5th year)
Captain Ronnie Lott
Captain Keith Van Horne
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,604, grass)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Washington $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
#13 UCLA 5 2 0     9 2 0
#11 USC 4 2 1     8 2 1
Arizona State 5 3 0     7 4 0
Oregon 4 3 1     6 3 2
Stanford 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 7 0
California 3 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 8–2–1 record (4–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in third place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 265 to 134.[1]

Quarterback Gordon Adams led the team in passing, completing 104 of 179 passes for 1,237 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Marcus Allen led the team in rushing with 354 carries for 1,563 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hoby Brenner led the team in receiving with 26 catches for 315 yards and no touchdowns.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 at Tennessee* No. 5 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ESPN W 20–17   95,049
September 20 No. 20 South Carolina* No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 23–13   58,385
September 27 at Minnesota* No. 5 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 24–7   55,115
October 4 Arizona Statedagger No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 23–21   69,052
October 11 at Arizona No. 2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ONTV W 27–10   54,789
October 18 at Oregon No. 2 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR USA T 7–7   43,733
November 1 California No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 60–7   55,658
November 8 at Stanford No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 34–9   84,892
November 15 Washington No. 2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA L 10–20   55,515
November 22 at No. 18 UCLA No. 12 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 17–20   83,491
December 6 No. 2 Notre Dame* No. 17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Rivalry) ABC W 20–3   82,663
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 0 3 0 3
USC 0 10 0 10 20

[3][4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

  • Ronnie Lott, 1st round, San Francisco 49ers
  • Keith Van Horne, 1st round, Chicago Bears
  • Dennis Smith, 1st round, Denver Broncos\
  • Ray Butler, 4th round, Baltimore Colts
  • Kevin Williams, 7th round, New Orleans Saints
  • Jeff Fisher, 7th round, Chicago Bears
  • Steve Busick, 7th round, Denver Broncos
  • James Hunter, 9th round, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Eric Scoggins, 12th round, Baltimore Colts

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1980 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USC Makes Sure Notre Dame Won't Be No. 1". The Register-Guard. Eugene. December 7, 1980. p. 11. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Trojans Knock Irish From Pedestal, 20-3". Ocala Star-Banner. December 7, 1980.