2003 USC Trojans Football Team
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2003 USC Trojans Football Team
2003 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
AP Poll national champion
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 28-14 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
2003 record12-1 (7-1 Pac-10)
Head coachPete Carroll (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorNorm Chow (3rd season)
Captains
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 USC $   7 1         12 1  
No. 9 Washington State   6 2         10 3  
Oregon   5 3         8 5  
California   5 3         8 6  
Oregon State   4 4         8 5  
Washington   4 4         6 6  
UCLA   4 4         6 7  
Arizona State   2 6         5 7  
Stanford   2 6         4 7  
Arizona   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were named the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) national champions but were denied a spot in the BCS National Championship Game by the BCS selections for the national championship game.

The regular season ended with three one-loss teams in BCS contention: Oklahoma, LSU and USC. USC ended the regular season ranked #1 and LSU #2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. USC lost one triple-overtime game at California, which finished 8-6; LSU had a 12-point home loss against a Florida team that went 8-5; Oklahoma, which had been ranked #1 for most of the season, fell to #3 after suffering a 35-7 defeat in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game to Kansas State, which finished 11-4. Controversy erupted when the BCS computers selected Oklahoma-LSU as the BCS title game. During the bowl games, USC had a convincing 28-14 win over #4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl while LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl (designated the BCS title game). USC remained #1 in the final AP Poll with 48 of the 65 votes, and LSU was ranked, by contractual obligation, #1 in the final Coaches' Poll, though three coaches did not follow instructions and voted USC #1 in that poll as well.[1]

Players

USC's offensive players included:

Recruiting

With the late arrival of highly touted quarterback John David Booty, who left high school a year early to attend USC, the Trojans' 2003 recruiting class was considered by some to be the best in the country.[2][3]

Its legacy included many NFL Draft picks over several years, including five first-round picks.[4]

2004 NFL Draft:

2006 NFL Draft:

2007 NFL Draft:

2008 NFL Draft:

Schedule

The Trojans finished the season with a 12-1 record, 7-1 in the Pac-10.[5]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 303:00 p.m.at No. 6 Auburn*No. 8CBSW 23-086,063
September 65:00 p.m.BYU*No. 5ABCW 35-1875,315
September 131:00 p.m.Hawaii*No. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FSNW 61-3273,654
September 273:30 p.m.at CaliforniaNo. 3FSNL 31-34 3OT51,208
October 412:30 p.m.at Arizona StateNo. 10ABCW 37-1756,527
October 117:00 p.m.StanfordNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (rivalry)
FSNW 44-2168,341
October 1811:30 a.m.at Notre Dame*No. 4NBCW 45-1480,795
October 2512:30 p.m.at WashingtonNo. 4ABCW 43-2372,015
November 14:00 p.m.No. 6 Washington StatedaggerNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 43-1682,478
November 154:00 p.m.at ArizonaNo. 2TBSW 45-039,201
November 2212:30 p.m.UCLANo. 2
ABCW 47-2293,172
December 61:30 p.m.Oregon StateNo. 2
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCW 52-2873,864
January 1, 20041:30 p.m.vs. No. 4 Michigan*No. 1ABCW 28-1493,849
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summaries

Auburn

1 234Total
USC 10 067 23
Auburn 0 000 0

USC opened the season visiting Auburn University: the Tigers were also ranked in the top 10 and had been named a pre-season favorite to be the national champion by at least one major news organization. In his first start, quarterback Matt Leinart led the Trojans on a dominating 23-0 performance.[6]

Roster

References

  1. ^ Miller, Ted (May 20, 2008). "BCS system leaves long trail of wounded victims". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ Newberg, Jamie (May 22, 2003). "Upon further review ..." SI.com. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ "USC wins on recruiting trail by grabbing California talent". USA Today. February 6, 2003.
  4. ^ 2003 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES, USC Trojans - Official Site, Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  5. ^ "2003 FINAL USC Football Statistics - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site". Usctrojans.cstv.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Forde, Pat (August 28, 2007) The Dash is off and running, ESPN.com.

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