1959 USC Trojans football team

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1959 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
AAWU champion
Conference Athletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 14
1959 record 8–2 (3–1 AAWU)
Head coach Don Clark (3rd season)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 AAWU football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Washington ^ + 3 1 0     10 1 0
No. 14 USC + 3 1 0     8 2 0
UCLA + 3 1 0     5 4 1
California 1 3 0     2 8 0
Stanford 0 4 0     3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1959 college football season. In their third year under head coach Don Clark, the Trojans compiled an 8–2 record (3–1 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for the Athletic Association of Western Universities championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 195 to 90.[1] Total attendance for all 10 games was 453,865.[2]

Ben Charles led the team in passing with 20 of 46 passes completed for 843 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Jerry Traynham led the team in rushing with 123 carries for 583 yards and two touchdowns. Luther Hayes was the leading receiver with nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns.[3]

This was the first season for the five-team AAWU, following the dissolution of the Pacific Coast Conference in the spring, it comprised the four teams from state of California and Washington in Seattle. The other four teams from the north (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, and Idaho) were independent for several seasons.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 19 at Oregon State* Multnomah StadiumPortland, Oregon W 27–6   23,895
September 25 Pittsburgh* No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, W 23–0   34,172
October 2 No. 14 Ohio State* No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 17–0   49,592
October 17 at No. 18 Washington No. 7 Husky StadiumSeattle W 22–15   54,497
October 24 Stanford No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 30–28   44,209
October 31 at California No. 6 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California W 14–7   37,000
November 7 West Virginia* No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 36–0   34,066
November 14 at Baylor* No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles W 17–8   43,832
November 24 UCLAdagger No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles (Victory Bell) L   3–10   85,917
November 28 at Notre Dame* No. 7 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana (Rivalry) L   6–16   48,682
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Pittsburgh and Ohio State games were played on Friday night, Notre Dame on Thursday (Thanksgiving)

Players[edit]

  • Al Bansavage, guard, 6'2", 220 pounds, Union City, California
  • Mike Bundra, tackle, 6'2", 232 pounds, Catasaugua, Pennsylvania
  • Ben Charles, quarterback
  • Angelo Coia, halfback, 6'2", 195 pounds, Philadelphia
  • Jim Conroy, fullback, 6'0", 197 pounds, Baldwin Park, California
  • Dan Ficca, tackle, 6'1", 230 pounds, Atlas, Pennsylvania
  • Garry Finneran, tackle, 6'2", 219 pounds, Cathedral
  • Lynn Gaskill, halfback, 6'0", 175 pounds, Banning, California
  • Luther Hayes, end, 6'4", 198 pounds, San Diego, California
  • Clark Holden, fullback, 5'10", 195 pounds, Marshall, California
  • Bob Levingston, halfback, 6'0", 185 pounds, Los Angeles
  • Marv Marinovich, tackle, 6'3", 220 pounds, Watsonville, California
  • Marlin McKeever, end, 6'1", 215 pounds, Mt. Carmel, California
  • Mike McKeever, 6'1", 215 pounds, guard, Mt. Carmel, California
  • Roger Mietz, guard, 5'10", 206 pounds, San Leandro, California
  • Ron Mix, tackle, 6'3", 215, Hawthorne, California
  • Dave Morgan, center, 6'4", 204 pounds, Natick, Massachusetts
  • Al Prukop, quarterback, 6'1", 181 pounds, Mt. Carmel (led the team with 405 minutes played)
  • Jerry Traynham, halfback, 5'10", 180 pounds, Woodland, California
  • Jack Trier, center, 6'3", 208 pounds, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • George Van Vliet, 6'2", 195 pounds, end, Whittier, California
  • Glenn Wilder, 6'0", 181 pounds, end, Van Nuys, California
  • Britt Williams, guard, 6'1", 210 pounds, Walnut Creek, California
  • Willie Wood, quarterback, 5'9", 170 pounds, Washington, D.C.

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1955-1959)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ 1960 "El Rodeo" (USC yearbook), page 300.
  3. ^ "1959 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.