|1962 USC Trojans football|
Consensus national champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Athletic Association of Western Universities|
|1962 record||11–0 (4–0 AAWU)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 123,538, grass)|
|1962 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings|
|No. 1 USC $||4||–||0||–||0||11||–||0||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1962 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. In their third year under head coach John McKay, the Trojans compiled an 11–0 record (4–0 against conference opponents), won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU or Big 6) championship, defeated Wisconsin in the 1963 Rose Bowl, outscored their opponents by a combined total of 261 to 92, and finished the season ranked #1 in both the AP Poll and UPI Coaches Poll.
Pete Beathard was the team's quarterback, completing 54 of 107 passes for 989 yards with ten touchdown passes and only one interception. (Bill Nelsen also completed 36 of 80 passes for 682 yards and eight touchdown passes with two interceptions.) Willie Brown was the team's leading rusher with 574 rushing yards (and 291 receiving yards). Hal Bedsole was the team's leading receiver with 33 catches for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bedsole was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Two USC players were selected by the Associated Press (AP) as first-team players on the 1962 All-Pacific Coast football team. They were end Hal Bedsole and linebacker Damon Bame. Bedsole was also a consensus first-team All-American in 1962, while Bame received first-team All-America honors from the AP.
|September 22||No. 8 Duke*||W 14–7||26,400|
|September 29||at SMU*||No. 9||W 33–3||14,000|
|October 6||at Iowa*||No. 6||W 7–0||55,300|
|October 20||California||No. 6||W 32–6||38,500|
|October 27||at Illinois*||No. 4||W 28–16||31,375|
|November 3||No. 9 Washington||No. 3||W 14–0||46,456|
|November 10||at Stanford||No. 2||W 39–14||41,000|
|November 17||Navy*||No. 2||W 13–6||51,701|
|November 24||at UCLA||No. 1||W 14–3||86,740|
|December 1||Notre Dame*||No. 1||W 25–0||81,676|
|January 1, 1963||vs. No. 2 Wisconsin*||No. 1||W 42–37||98,698|
The following players were members of the 1962 USC football team.
- Damon Bame, linebacker
- Pete Beathard, quarterback
- Hal Bedsole, end
- Willie Brown, halfback
- John Brownwood, end
- Ron Butcher
- Mac Byrd
- Jay Clark
- Ken Del Conte, halfback
- Craig Fertig, quarterback
- Bill Fisk
- Mike Gale
- Stan Gonta
- Ron Heller
- Fred Hill
- Gary Hill
- Phil Hoover
- Hudson Houck
- Loran Hunt
- Tom Johnson
- Ernie Jones
- Randy Jones
- Gary Kirner, tackle
- Pete Lubisich, guard
- Tom Lupo
- Marv Marinovich, guard
- Rich McMahon
- Bill Nelsen, quarterback
- Gary Potter
- Ernie Pye
- John Ratliff, guard
- Lynn Reade
- Larry Sagouspe
- Armando Sanchez
- Denny Schmidt
- Ron Smedley
- Bob Svihus, tackle
- Toby Thurlow
- Gary Winslow
- Ben Wilson, fullback
Coaching staff and administration
- Head coach: John McKay
- Assistant coaches: Mel Hein, Mike Giddings, Raymond George, Dave Levy, Charlie Hall, Marv Goux, and Joe Margucci
- Athletic director: Jess Hill
- Senior manager: Mike Leddel
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- "1962 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- Jack Hewins (December 4, 1962). "Explosive Backfield, Fast Line Form All-Coast '11'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 8.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- "AP's 1962 All-America Team". The Miami News. December 6, 1962. p. 19C.
- "Southern Cal Upsets Duke". The Palm Beach Post. September 23, 1962.
- 2012 USC football media supplement.
- 1963 "El Rodeo" (USC yearbook), pages 206-209.
- 1963 "El Rodeo", page 211.
- 1963 "El Rodeo", page 202.
- "Trojans 1962: John McKay's First National Championship", by Bill Block, iUniverse, 2012