2000 USC Trojans football team

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2000 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
2000 record 5–7 (2–6 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Hackett (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Young (3rd season)
Captain Ennis Davis
Captain Eric Denmon
Captain Zeke Moreno
Captain Petros Papadakis
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Washington $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 4 Oregon State %+   7 1         11 1  
No. 7 Oregon +   7 1         10 2  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
UCLA   3 5         6 6  
Arizona State   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
USC   2 6         5 7  
Washington State   2 6         4 7  
California   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third and final year under head coach Paul Hackett, the Trojans compiled a 5-7 record (2–6 against conference opponents), finished in a three-way tie for last place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 337 to 309.[1]

This was the last year of Hackett's tenure at USC, and the first year the Trojans had ever finished last in the Pac-10. After winning the 18th Kickoff Classic against ranked Penn State, the Trojans won their next two non-conference games and were ranked as high as eighth in the AP Poll. The game against San Jose State was the 500th game USC played in the Coliseum, which they won after trailing 24–12.

They lost their first conference game to Oregon State, breaking their 26-game winning streak against the conference rival, and lost the next four, eventually going 2–6 in conference play. It placed 8th, tied with California and Washington State. Petros Papadakis, a team captain for the season and current broadcaster, claims he was "the captain of the worst football team in USC history."[2]

Quarterback Carson Palmer led the team in passing, completing 228 of 415 passes for 2,914 yards with 16 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Sultan McCullough led the team in rushing with 227 carries for 1,163 yards and six touchdowns. Kareem Kelly led the team in receiving yards with 55 catches for 796 yards and four touchdowns.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 27 11:30 AM vs. No. 22 Penn State* No. 15 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 29–5   78,902
September 9 5:00 PM Colorado* No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 17–14   65,153
September 23 3:30 PM San Jose State* No. 9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34–24   56,545
September 30 3:30 PM at Oregon State No. 8 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FSNW2 L 21–31   33,775
October 7 12:30 PM Arizona No. 18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 15–31   49,342
October 14 12:30 PM No. 9 Oregon Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 17–28   54,031
October 21 12:30 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC L 30–32   50,125
October 28 3:30 PM Californiadagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 16–28   54,393
November 4 6:00 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSNW W 44–38 2OT  49,865
November 11 3:30 PM Washington State Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 27–33   40,565
November 18 3:30 PM at UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) FSNW2 W 38–35   80,227
November 25 12:30 PM No. 11 Notre Dame* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 21–38   81,342
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Penn State[edit]

[4]

Penn State vs. USC
Kickoff Classic
1 234Total
USC 14 906 29
Penn State 3 020 5

Roster[edit]

2000 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 50 Eric Denmon Sr
T 67 Phillip Eaves Jr
RB 40 Miguel Fletcher So
WR 7 Sandy Fletcher Fr
WR 2 Kareem Kelly So
FB 21 Malaefou MacKenzie So
RB 4 Sultan McCullough So
QB 3 Carson Palmer Redshirt.svg So
QB 11 Mike Van Raaphorst Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 29 Chris Cash Jr
LB 18 Kori Dickerson Jr
LB 9 Zeke Moreno Sr
S 47 John Morgan Sr
DT 90 Ryan Nielsen Jr
S 31 Ifeanyi Ohalete Sr
S 43 Troy Polamalu So
CB 42 Kris Richard Jr
DT 93 Bernard Riley So
LB 55 Markus Steele Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 15 David Newbury Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2001-02-16

Awards[edit]

  • No All Pac-10 selections[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (2000-2004)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/content/printVersion/43825
  3. ^ "2000 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Trojans Blow Past Penn State 29-5 In Season Opener." USCTrojans.com. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  5. ^ 2011 USC football media guide