|1976 USC Trojans football|
National champion (multiple selectors)
Rose Bowl champion
|1976 record||11-1 (7-0 Pac-8)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 94,500, grass)|
|1976 Pacific-8 Conference football standings|
|No. 2 USC $||7||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 15 UCLA||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
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. 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.
|September 11||Missouri*||No. 8||L 25-46||49,535|
|September 18||at Oregon||W 53-0||40,600|
|September 25||at Purdue*||No. 19||W 31-13||65,425|
|October 2||Iowa*||No. 13||W 55-0||55,518|
|October 9||at Washington State||No. 11||W 23-14||37,268|
|October 23||Oregon State||No. 7||W 56-0||53,216|
|October 30||California||No. 4||W 20-6||60,323|
|November 6||at Stanford||No. 4||W 48-24||76,500|
|November 13||Washington||No. 3||W 20-3||49,264|
|November 20||vs. No. 2 UCLA||No. 3||ABC||W 24-14||90,519|
|November 27||No. 13 Notre Dame*||No. 3||ABC||W 17-13||76,561|
|January 1, 1977||vs. No. 2 Michigan*||No. 3||NBC||W 14-6||106,182|
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.