1976 USC Trojans Football Team
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1976 USC Trojans Football Team
1976 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
National champion (multiple selectors)
Pac-8 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 14-6 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1976 record11-1 (7-0 Pac-8)
Head coach
CaptainRicky Bell
Vince Evans
Eric Williams
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Pacific-8 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 USC $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
No. 15 UCLA 6 1 0     9 2 1
Stanford 5 2 0     6 5 0
California 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon 1 6 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. In their first year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 11-1 record (7-0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) championship, defeated Michigan in the 1977 Rose Bowl, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 386 to 139.[1] The team was ranked #2 in both the final AP Poll and the final UPI Coaches Poll.

Quarterback Vince Evans led the team in passing, completing 95 of 177 passes for 1,440 yards with ten touchdowns and six interceptions. Ricky Bell led the team in rushing with 280 carries for 1,433 yards and 14 touchdowns. Shelton Diggs led the team in receiving with 37 catches for 655 yards and eight touchdowns.[2]

The team was named national champion by Berryman, Billingsley MOV, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, and Matthews, all NCAA-designated major selectors.[3]:114

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11Missouri*No. 8L 25-4649,535
September 18at OregonW 53-040,600
September 25at Purdue*No. 19W 31-1365,425
October 2Iowa*No. 13
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 55-055,518
October 9at Washington StateNo. 11W 23-1437,268
October 23Oregon StatedaggerNo. 7
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 56-053,216
October 30CaliforniaNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 20-660,323
November 6at StanfordNo. 4W 48-2476,500
November 13WashingtonNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 20-349,264
November 20vs. No. 2 UCLANo. 3
ABCW 24-1490,519
November 27No. 13 Notre Dame*No. 3
ABCW 17-1376,561
January 1, 1977vs. No. 2 Michigan*No. 3NBCW 14-6106,182
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

Game summaries

Missouri

at Oregon

at Purdue

Iowa

at Washington State

Oregon State

California

at Stanford

Washington

vs. UCLA

Notre Dame

Ricky Bell was held to 75 yards on 21 carries but USC's passing game thrived with Vince Evans completing six of his 14 passes for 106 yards with Randy Simmrin hauling in six passes for 121 yards and Evans' touchdown pass.

[7]

Rose Bowl (vs Michigan)

References

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "1976 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Sep 26. Retrieved 2018-Sep-23.
  5. ^ "U.S.C. Crushes Purdue 31-13; Bell 177 yards." New York Times. 1976 Sep 26. Retrieved 2021-Jan-05.
  6. ^ "Bell runs for 346 as USC clips Cougars." Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 OCt 10. Retrieved 2018-Dec-29.
  7. ^ "Trojans Trip Up Error-Prone Irish". Ocala Star-Banner. November 28, 1976. Retrieved 2014.

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