1988 USC Trojans football team
|1988 USC Trojans football|
|1988 record||10–2 (8–0 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Larry Smith (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)|
|1988 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#7 USC †||8||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#16 Washington State||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|† – 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.
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.
|September 1||4:30 PM||at Boston College*||#8||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA||ESPN||W 34–7||32,000|
|September 10||12:30 PM||at Stanford||#6||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||ABC||W 24–20||59,000|
|September 24||12:30 PM||#3 Oklahoma*||#4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 23–7||86,124|
|October 1||6:30 PM||at Arizona||#3||Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ||W 38–15||52,314|
|October 8||1:30 PM||#18 Oregon||#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 Stadium • Corvallis, 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 Stadium • Tempe, AZ||ABC||W 50–0||72,023|
|November 19||12:30 PM||at #6 UCLA||#2||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, 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. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players drafted into the NFL
The following players were claimed in the 1989 NFL Draft.
|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|
Awards and honors
- "Southern California Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- "1988 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.