1981 USC Trojans football team

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1981 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl Vs. Penn State, L, 10-26
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 14
1981 record 9–3 (5–2 Pac-10)
Head coach John Robinson (6th season)
Captain Marcus Allen
Chip Banks
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,604, grass)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Washington $ 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
No. 14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled a 9–3 record (5–2 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 284 to 170.[1]

Quarterback John Mazur led the team in passing, completing 93 of 194 passes for 1,128 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Marcus Allen led the team in rushing with 433 carries for 2,427 yards and 22 touchdowns. Jeff Simmons led the team in receiving yards with 28 catches for 543 yards and one touchdown.[2] Allen became the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. He also gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award and was also the Pac-10 player of the year.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 Tennessee* No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles W 43–7   62,147
September 19 at Indiana* No. 2 Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana ONTV W 21–0   51,167
September 26 No. 2 Oklahoma* No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles ABC W 28–24   85,651
October 3 at Oregon State No. 1 Parker StadiumCorvallis, Oregon W 56–22   33,000
October 10 Arizona No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles L 10–13   56,315
October 17 Stanforddagger No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 25–17   76,291
October 24 at Notre Dame* No. 5 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana (Rivalry) W 14–7   59,075
October 31 No. 14 Washington State No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 41–17   60,972
November 7 at California No. 3 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California W 21–3   74,000
November 14 at Washington No. 3 Husky StadiumSeattle L 3–13   47,347
November 21 No. 15 UCLA No. 10 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 22–21   89,432
January 1 vs. No. 7 Penn State* No. 8 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) NBC L 10–26   71,053
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries

Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 7 0 7
• USC 6 20 10 7 43

Marcus Allen 22 Rush, 210 Yds (sat out most of second half)[3]

UCLA

UCLA vs. USC
1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 11 3 0 21
USC 3 9 0 10 22
  • Source: Eugene Register-Guard

Roster

1981 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 33 Marcus Allen Sr
G 64 Roy Foster Sr
C 66 Bruce Matthews Jr
T 72 Don Mosebar Jr
QB 7 Sean Salisbury Fr
WR 29 Jeff Simmons Jr
QB 15 Scott Tinsley Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 51 Chip Banks Sr
DT 94 Byron Darby Jr
S 47 Joey Browner Jr
LB 87 August Curley Jr
LB 52 Jack Del Rio Fr
DT 93 Kelly Thomas Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1981 Team Players in the NFL

Awards pand honors

References

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1981 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USC Mauls Vols". The Register-Guard. Eugene. September 13, 1981. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  5. ^ http://collegefootball.about.com/od/collegefootballawards/a/award-camp.htm
  6. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/marcusallen/a/bl_marcusallen.htm
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