USC Trojans football statistical leaders

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A four-year starter, Matt Barkley is the Trojans' career leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns.

The USC Trojans football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the USC Trojans football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking/special teams. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Trojans represent the University of Southern California in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although USC began competing in intercollegiate football in 1888,[1] the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in the 1920s. Records from before this decade are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since 1920s, seasons have increased from to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • The Trojans have played in 55 bowl games in school history,[2] 35 of which have come since the 1970 season. Although the official NCAA record book does not include bowl games in statistical records until 2002,[3] and most colleges also structure their record books this way, USC counts all bowl games in its records.[1]

These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season. Recent USC Football Media Guides do not include full top 10 lists for single-game records. However, the 2003 version of the media guide included long lists of top individual single-game performances,[4] and box scores from more recent games are readily available, so the lists are easily derived.


Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]


Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]



Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[40]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]


Note: The USC Football Media Guide does not generally give a full top 10 in defensive statistics.[1]




Special teams[edit]

Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "2014 USC Trojans Football Media Guide". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Southern California Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  3. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  4. ^ "Top Individual Performances" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Cody Kessler". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sam Darnold". Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Arizona stuns No. 9 USC despite WR Marqise Lee's record 345 yards". 2012-10-27. 
  8. ^ a b c "Oregon prevails as Kenjon Barner burns USC for 321 yards, 5 TDs". 2012-11-03. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Matt Barkley (468 yards) sets school record as USC wins a shootout". 2011-10-01. 
  10. ^ a b c d "USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl". 2017-01-02. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "USC routs Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA 50-0". 2011-11-26. 
  12. ^ a b "Sanchez throws for 413 yards, 4 TDs in latest Rose Bowl rout". 2009-01-01. 
  13. ^ a b "Cody Kessler (school-record 7 TDs), No. 22 USC overwhelm Colorado". 2014-10-18. 
  14. ^ a b "Matt Barkley breaks school record with 6 TDs as Trojans bounce back". 2011-11-04. 
  15. ^ a b "Matt Barkley throws career-best 6 TDs in No. 2 USC's win over Syracuse". 2012-09-08. 
  16. ^ a b c "Matt Barkley, Robert Woods both set USC records in win". 2012-10-20. 
  17. ^ a b "Cody Kessler tosses 6 TD passes as Trojans blast Irish". 2014-11-29. 
  18. ^ "Leinart throws five TD passes". 2003-12-06. 
  19. ^ "Junior QB passes for career-high 400 yards". 2007-11-27. 
  20. ^ "Leinart tosses Orange Bowl-record five touchdowns". 2005-01-04. 
  21. ^ "USC records largest shutout victory since 1931". 2008-10-18. 
  22. ^ "Matt Barkley, Ronald Johnson connect for 3 TDs in win over Hawaii". 2010-09-02. 
  23. ^ "Matt Barkley's 5 TD passes ties USC record in rout of Cal". 2010-10-16. 
  24. ^ "Matt Barkley tosses 5 TDs as Trojans drub Orange". 2011-09-17. 
  25. ^ a b "Southern Cal beats Washington St. 44-17". 2014-11-01. 
  26. ^ "". 2015-09-27.  External link in |title= (help)
  27. ^ "Darnold throws or 5 scores, USC routs Arizona 48-14". 2016-10-15. 
  28. ^ "Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal 45-24". 2016-10-28. 
  29. ^ a b c d "Ronald Jones". Sports-Reference CFB. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Bush runs for 294 yards, two TDs to save USC". 2005-11-19. 
  31. ^ "Trojans blast Bruins, punch ticket for Rose Bowl". 2005-12-03. 
  32. ^ "USC runs home win streak to 23, Pac-10 streak to 18". 2005-10-08. 
  33. ^ "Jones, Darnold power USC to 45-20 win over Oregon". 2016-11-05. 
  34. ^ a b c d e "Juju Smith-Schuster". Retrieved 2017-01-14. 
  35. ^ "Deontay Burnett". Sports-Reference CFB. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Robert Woods has record-setting day as USC holds off Minnesota". 2011-09-03. 
  37. ^ "Cody Kessler leads USC over rival Cal for 11th straight time". 2014-11-13. 
  38. ^ "Three and out: Beavers stun USC; BCS race wide open". 2006-10-28. 
  39. ^ "Stanford's Nate Whitaker rebounds to put away USC on final play". 2010-10-09. 
  40. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  41. ^ "Stanford keeps 16-game winning streak alive by outlasting Trojans in thriller". 2011-10-29. 
  42. ^ "USC opens Steve Sarkisian era with rout of Fresno State". 2014-08-30. 
  43. ^ "USC back in Rose Bowl picture after destroying Arizona St". 2007-11-22. 
  44. ^ "Bush's long TDs too much for Bruins". 2004-12-04.