1990 USC Trojans football team
|1990 USC Trojans football|
|1990 record||8–4–1 (5–2–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Larry Smith (4th year)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,516, grass)|
|1990 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#5 Washington $||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
The 1990 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled an 8–4–1 record (5–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 348 to 274.
USC began the season by beating Syracuse in the eighth Kickoff Classic. They also won non-conference games against Penn State and Ohio State, the latter of which was suspended with 2:36 remaining because of severe thunderstorms. The Trojans would finish second in the Pac-10 and lost to Michigan State in their bowl game in an outcome reminiscent of their 1987 season.
Quarterback Todd Marinovich led the team in passing, completing 196 of 322 passes for 2,423 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Mazio Royster led the team in rushing with 235 carries for 1,168 yards and eight touchdowns. Gary Wellman led the team in receiving with 66 catches for 1,015 yards and five touchdowns.
|August 31||4:30 PM||vs. Syracuse*||No. 9||Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic)||Raycom||W 34–16||57,293|
|September 15||12:30 PM||Penn State*||No. 6||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 19–14||70,594|
|September 22||3:30 PM||at No. 21 Washington||No. 5||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA||Prime||L 0–31||72,617|
|September 29||12:30 PM||at No. 12 Ohio State*||No. 18||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||ABC||W 35–26||89,422|
|October 6||7:30 PM||Washington State||No. 15||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||Prime||W 30–17||59,357|
|October 13||12:30 PM||at Stanford||No. 16||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||ABC||W 37–22||62,000|
|October 20||3:30 PM||Arizona||No. 15||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||Prime||L 26–35||68,212|
|October 27||12:30 PM||at Arizona State||No. 21||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||ABC||W 13–6||64,717|
|November 3||3:30 PM||California||No. 21||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||Prime||T 31–31||62,974|
|November 10||3:30 PM||at Oregon State||No. 23||Parker Stadium • Corvallis, OR||Prime||W 56–7||18,795|
|November 17||12:30 PM||at UCLA||No. 19||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell)||ABC||W 45–42||98,088|
|November 24||5:00 PM||No. 7 Notre Dame||No. 18||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame–USC rivalry)||ABC||L 6–10||91,639|
|December 31||11:30 AM||vs. No. 22 Michigan State*||No. 21||Sun Bowl Stadium • El Paso, TX (John Hancock Bowl)||CBS||L 16–17||50,562|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|