1987 USC Trojans football team

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1987 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. Michigan State
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 17
AP No. 18
1987 record 8–4 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Chuck Stobart (1st year)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 USC + 7 1 0     8 4 0
#9 UCLA + 7 1 0     10 2 0
Washington 4 3 1     7 4 1
#20 Arizona State 3 3 1     7 4 1
Oregon 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arizona 2 3 3     4 4 3
California 2 3 2     3 6 2
Washington State 1 5 1     3 7 1
Oregon State 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
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.[1]

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.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 5:00 PM at No. 17 Michigan State* No. 19 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC L 13–27   77,922
September 19 12:30 PM Boston College* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 23–17   46,205
September 26 1:00 PM at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, 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 StadiumEugene, OR L 27–34   39,587
October 17 12:30 PM at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 37–23   71,678
October 24 12:30 PM at No. 10 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre 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 Stanforddagger 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 BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–20   103,847
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 3 3 0 13
USC 0 0 3 14 17

USC clinches berth in the Rose Bowl with the win. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1987 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Southern Cal takes roses from UCLA." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.