1987 USC Trojans football team
|1987 USC Trojans football|
|1987 record||8–4 (7–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Larry Smith (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Chuck Stobart (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)|
|1987 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 18 USC +||7||–||1||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|No. 9 UCLA +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 20 Arizona State||3||–||3||–||1||7||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1987 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled an 8–4 record (7–1 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 321 to 229.
The Trojans lost their inaugural game of Larry Smith's tenure to Michigan State in the first night game ever played at Spartan Stadium. USC secured a Rose Bowl berth by tying UCLA for the Pacific-10 championship and winning the head to head match. They faced Michigan State again, and lost 17–20.
Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 197 of 332 passes for 2,709 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Steven Webster led the team in rushing with 239 carries for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns. Erik Affholter led the team in receiving yards with 44 catches for 640 yards and four touchdowns.
|September 7||5:00 PM||at No. 17 Michigan State*||No. 19||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||ABC||L 13–27||77,922|
|September 19||12:30 PM||Boston College*||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 23–17||46,205|
|September 26||1:00 PM||at California||California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||W 31–14||62,000|
|October 3||6:30 PM||Oregon State||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||W 48–14||47,979|
|October 10||1:00 PM||at Oregon||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||L 27–34||39,587|
|October 17||12:30 PM||at Washington||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA||ABC||W 37–23||71,678|
|October 24||12:30 PM||at No. 10 Notre Dame*||Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Notre Dame–USC rivalry)||CBS||L 15–26||59,075|
|October 31||1:30 PM||Washington State||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||W 42–7||24,834|
|November 7||12:30 PM||Stanford||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 39–24||58,922|
|November 14||1:30 PM||Arizona||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||W 12–10||51,428|
|November 21||12:30 PM||No. 5 UCLA||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell)||ABC||W 17–13||92,516|
|January 1||2:00 PM||vs. No. 8 Michigan State*||No. 16||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||NBC||L 17–20||103,847|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- "Southern California Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- "1987 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- "Southern Cal takes roses from UCLA." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.