1988 USC Trojans football team

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1988 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Pac-10 Champions
Rose Bowl, L 14–22 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #7
1988 record 10–2 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Smith (2nd year)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 USC 8 0 0     10 2 0
#6 UCLA 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Washington State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Arizona 5 3 0     7 4 0
Arizona State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington 3 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon 3 5 0     6 6 0
Oregon State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Stanford 1 5 2     3 6 2
California 1 5 1     5 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1988 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled a 10–2 record (8–0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 370 to 184.[1]

The Trojans won their first 10 games of the season, running the conference table and beating third-ranked Oklahoma at home. They were ranked second in the nation before their match with number-one ranked Notre Dame. After losing to the Fighting Irish in their final regular-season game, they faced Michigan in the Rose Bowl, losing 14–22.

Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 223 of 359 passes for 2,812 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Aaron Emanuel led the team in rushing with 108 carries for 545 yards and eight touchdowns. Erik Affholter led the team in receiving yards with 68 catches for 952 yards and eight touchdowns.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 4:30 PM at Boston College* #8 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 34–7   32,000
September 10 12:30 PM at Stanford #6 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 24–20   59,000
September 24 12:30 PM #3 Oklahoma* #4 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 23–7   86,124
October 1 6:30 PM at Arizona #3 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 38–15   52,314
October 8 1:30 PM #18 Oregondagger #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–14   63,452
October 15 12:30 PM #16 Washington #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 28–27   62,974
October 29 1:00 PM at Oregon State #3 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 41–20   31,117
November 5 3:30 PM California #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Prime W 35–3   73,937
November 12 12:30 PM at Arizona State #2 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ABC W 50–0   72,023
November 19 12:30 PM at #6 UCLA #2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 31–22   100,741
November 26 12:30 PM #1 Notre Dame* #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame–USC rivalry) ABC L 10–27   93,829
January 2 2:00 PM vs. #11 Michigan* #5 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 14–22   101,688
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Erik Affholter Wide Receiver 4 110 Washington Redskins
Rodney Peete Quarterback 6 141 Detroit Lions
Chris Hale Defensive Back 7 193 Buffalo Bills
Paul Green Tight End 8 208 Denver Broncos
Derrell Marshall Tackle 12 332 Buffalo Bills

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1988 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1989.htm
  4. ^ http://www.goldenarmfoundation.com/past-winners.html