2015 USC Trojans football team

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2015 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Pac-12 South Division Champion[1]
Holiday Bowl, L 21–23 vs. Wisconsin
Conference Pac-12 Conference
South Division
2015 record 8–6 (6–3 Pac-12)
Head coach Steve Sarkisian (2nd as HC, 7th overall; first 5 games, fired 10/12)
Clay Helton (1st as Head coach, 5th overall)
Offensive coordinator Clay Helton (3rd as coordinator; 5th overall)
Tee Martin (1st as off coordinator, 4th overall)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Base defense 3–4 Multiple
Captain
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607, Natural grass)
Seasons
« 2014 2016 »
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
#3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
#19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
#17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 12, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 USC Trojans football team represents the University of Southern California in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. USC plays their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and are members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. On November 30, 2015, Clay Helton was named USC's permanent head coach. The 2015 season has been mentioned as one of USC's most tumultuous seasons, being their first year out of sanctions, and having undergone many changes in coaching personnel over a few months.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma mater Before USC
Clay Helton Head Coach 5 Houston (1994) Memphis - OC Coordinator (2009)
Tee Martin Offensive coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach / Pass Game Coordinator 4 Tennessee (2000) Kentucky - WR Coach (2011)
Johnny Nansen Tailbacks Coach / Special Teams Coach / Assistant Head Coach 2 Washington State (1997) Washington - ST Coordinator / RB Coach (2013)
Peter Sirmon Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Associate Head Coach Defense 2 Oregon (1999) Washington - LB Coach (2013)
Marques Tuiasosopo Quarterbacks Coach / Associate Head Coach Offense 2 Washington (2001) Washington - QB Coach (2013)
Lenny Vandermade Tight Ends Coach 1 USC (2003) San Diego - TE Coach (2015)
Ivan Lewis Strength and Conditioning 2 San Diego (2003) Washington - Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Mike Goff Offensive Line Coach 1 Iowa (1998) Hilltop High School - Assistant Coach (2014)
Kenechi Udeze Defensive Line Coach / Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 1 USC (2004) PITT - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach (2015)
Ricky Brown Linebackers Coach 1 Boston College (2006) Baltimore Ravens - LB (Player) (2012)
Patrick Henderson Safeties Coach 1 Oregon State (2010) Contra Costa College - DB Coach / Defensive Coordinator (2013)
Drew Pearson Cornerbacks Coach 1 Utah State (2008) Child and Family Specialist at Five Acres in Altadena, California (2008-2014)
Mike Tuiasosopo Defensive Line Coach 1 University of the Pacific (1991) UCLA - OLB Coach (2015)
Jaron Fairman Offensive Assistant 2 Fresno State (2007) Crespi Carmelite High School - WR Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)

Roster

2015 USC Trojans Football

Quarterback

  •  4 Max Browne - Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 220)
  •  6 Cody Kessler - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 215)
  • 14 Sam Darnold - Freshman (6'4, 215) *
  • 15 Michael Bowman - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 210)
  • 19 Conner Sullivan - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 195) (+H)

Tailback

  • 16 Dominic Davis - Freshman (5'10, 175) (+WR)*
  • 22 Justin Davis - Junior (6'1, 195)
  • 23 Tre Madden - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 225)
  • 24 Stefan Smith - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 25 Ronald Jones II - Freshman (6'0, 185) *
  • 26 James Toland IV - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 27 Lance Mudd - Sophomore (6'1, 200)
  • 28 Aca'Cedric Ware - Freshman (6'0, 200) *

Fullback

  • 31 Soma Vainuku - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 255)
  • 38 Jahleel Pinner - Senior (5'11, 240)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Darreus Rogers - Junior (6'1, 215)
  •  7 Steven Mitchell Jr. - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 190)
  •  9 JuJu Smith-Schuster - Sophomore (6'2, 215)
  • 10 Jalen Greene - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 195) (+QB)
  • 15 Isaac Whitney - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 205) *
  • 18 Ajene Harris - Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 29 Christian Tober - Redshirt Junior (5'8, 175)
  • 34 Yoofi Quansah - Sophomore (5'8, 165)
  • 41 Bo St. Geme - Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 44 Jake Russell - Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 80 Deontay Burnett - Freshman (6'0, 170) (Blueshirt)
  • 83 George Katrib - Senior (6'0, 185)
  • 84 Jackson Boyer - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 195)
  • 85 David Mellstrom - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 180)
  • 86 Robby Kolanz - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 175)
  • 89 De'Quan Hampton - Junior (6'4, 220) *

Tight End

  • 47 Cyrus Hobbi - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 245)
  • 48 Taylor McNamara - Redshirt Junior (6'5, 245) (Blueshirt)
  • 49 Daniel Imatorbhebhe - Freshman (6'4, 225) (Blueshirt)
  • 81 Conner Spears - Redshirt Sophomore (6'6, 245)
  • 82 Tyler Petite - Freshman (6'6, 235)
  • 87 Caleb Wilson - Freshman (6'5, 225) *
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Toa Lobendahn - OG-OT - Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 51 Damien Mama - OG - Sophomore (6'4, 355)
  • 56 Jordan Austin - OT - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 60 Viane Talamaivao - OG - Sophomore (6'2, 320)
  • 62 Khaliel Rodgers - C - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 305)
  • 63 Roy Hemsley - OT-OG - Freshman (6'5, 315) *
  • 64 Richie Wenzel - C - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 265)
  • 65 Erick Jepsen - OG - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 285)
  • 66 Cole Smith - C - Freshman (6'4, 280) *
  • 70 Chuma Edoga - OT – Freshman (6'4, 280) *
  • 72 Chad Wheeler - OT - Redshirt Junior (6'7, 280)
  • 73 Zach Banner - OT - Redshirt Junior (6'9, 360)
  • 74 Nico Falah - OT - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 285)
  • 75 Max Tuerk - C - Senior (6'6, 285)
  • 76 Clayton Johnston - OT - Freshman (6'6, 290) (Blueshirt)
  • 77 Chris Brown - OG - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 295)

Defensive Tackle

  • 52 Delvon Simmons - Redshirt Senior (6'5, 295)
  • 53 Kevin Scott - Freshman (6'5, 315) (+DE) *
  • 68 Jordan Simmons - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 325) (+OG)
  • 79 Jeff Miller - Redshirt Junior (6'1, 240)
  • 91 Noah Jefferson - Freshman (6'6, 330) *
  • 92 Jacob Daniel - Freshman (6'4, 325) *
  • 95 Kenny Bigelow Jr. - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 98 Cody Temple - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 300)
  • 99 Antwaun Woods - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 320)

Defensive End

  • 44 Malik Dorton - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 275)
  • 89 Christian Rector - Freshman (6'5, 260) *
  • 90 Claude Pelon - Redshirt Senior (6'4, 300)
  • 93 Greg Townsend Jr. - Redshirt Senior (6'3, 275)
  • 94 Rasheem Green - Freshman (6'5, 285) (+DT) *

Placekicker

  • 36 Matt Boermeester - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 180)
  • 39 Alex Wood - Redshirt Junior (5'10, 175)
  • 46 Wyatt Schmidt - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 215)

Punter

  • 17 Kris Albarado - Redshirt Senior (5'10, 195)
  • 36 Chris Tilbey - Sophomore (6'5, 220)
  • 46 Reid Budrovich - Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 185)
 

Linebacker

  • 10 John Houston Jr. - OLB - Freshman (6'3, 220) *
  • 18 Quinton Powell – OLB - Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 19 Michael Hutchings – ILB - Junior (6'1, 225)
  • 21 Su'a Cravens - OLB - Junior (6'1, 225)
  • 34 Olajuwon Tucker - ILB - Sophomore (6'3, 235)
  • 35 Cameron Smith - ILB - Freshman (6'2, 245) *
  • 40 Jabari Ruffin - OLB - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 245)
  • 42 Uchenna Nwosu - OLB - Sophomore (6'3, 210)
  • 45 Porter Gustin - OLB - Freshman (6'5, 250) (+TE) *
  • 47 Scott Felix - OLB - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 240)
  • 49 Matt Bayle - OLB - Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 50 Grant Moore - OLB - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 220)
  • 51 Joel Foy - ILB - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 54 Reuben Peters - ILB - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 225)
  • 55 Lamar Dawson – ILB - Redshirt Senior (6'1, 230)
  • 56 Anthony Sarao - ILB - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 235)
  • 58 Osa Masina - ILB - Freshman (6'4, 245) (+TE) *
  • 59 Don Hill - OLB - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 245)
  • 97 Wyatt Vinci - OLB - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 235)

Cornerback

  •  2 Adoree' Jackson - Sophomore (5'11, 185) (+WR & RET)
  •  8 Iman Marshall - Freshman (6'2, 200) *
  • 13 Kevon Seymour - Senior (6'0, 185)
  • 14 Isaiah Langley - Freshman (6'0, 165) (+WR) *
  • 23 Jonathan Lockett - Sophomore (5'11, 180)
  • 28 Ryan Dillard - Senior (5'9, 190)
  • 29 Kevin Carrasco - Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 38 Jalen Jones - Redshirt Freshman (5'8, 155)

Safety

  •  4 Chris Hawkins - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  •  7 Marvel Tell III - Freshman (6'2, 190) *
  • 22 Leon McQuay III – Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 24 John Plattenburg - Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 26 Davonte Nunnery – Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 205)
  • 27 Jonathan LaBonty – Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 200)
  • 30 Ykili Ross - Freshman (6'2, 185) (+CB & WR)*
  • 37 Matt Lopes – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 185)
  • 41 Deion Hart – Redshirt Junior (6'0, 195)

Long Snappers

  • 57 Nick Schlossberg - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 205)
  • 61 Jake Olson - Freshman (6'4, 195)
  • 92 Zach Smith - Junior (6'1, 220)

  • * : 2015 USC Trojans Football Commits (09/04/2015)

Returning starters

USC returns 31 starters in 2015, including fifteen on offense, twelve on defense, and four on special teams.

Key departures include Javorius 'Buck' Allen (TB - 13 games), Nelson Agholor (WR - 13 games), George Farmer (WR - 4 games), Randall Telfer (TE - 12 games), Aundrey Walker (OT), Leonard Williams (DE / DT - 13 games), J. R. Tavai (LB - 9 games), Hayes Pullard (LB - 12 games), Josh Shaw (CB / S - 2 games), Gerald Bowman (S - 10 games), Andre Heidari (K - 11 games).

Other departures : Ricky Town (QB - Freshman - Arkansas), Bryce Dixon (TE), Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (TE), Charles Burks (LB - Junior RS - Azusa Pacific), Rahshead Johnson (CB / S - Freshman - San Jose State), Lamont Simmons (CB - Freshman RS - Georgia Tech), Devian Shelton (CB - Sophomore RS), Peter McBride (SNP - Junior RS).

  •  : Co-Started in 2014

Depth chart

Defense


FS
Chris Hawkins
John Plattenburg


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Porter Gustin Olajuwon Tucker Anthony Sarao Su'a Cravens
Scott Felix Michael Hutchings Osa Masina Don Hill
Jabari Ruffin Uchenna Nwosu Joel Foy Quinton Powell
SS
Marvell Tell III
Leon McQuay III
CB
Adoree' Jackson #
Isaiah Langley


DE NT DE
Delvon Simmons Antwaun Woods Greg Townsend Jr.
Noah Jefferson Cody Temple Claude Pelon
Kenny Bigelow Jr. Jacob Daniel Rasheem Green / Malik Dorton
CB
Iman Marshall
Jonathan Lockett
Offense
WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Jalen Greene / De'Quan Hampton
Deontay Burnett
LT LG C RG RT
Zach Banner Damien Mama Khaliel Rodgers Viane Talamaivao Chuma Edoga
Jordan Austin Chris Brown Nico Falah Erick Jepsen
TE
Taylor McNamara
Tyler Petite
Connor Spears
WR
Steven Mitchell Jr. / Darreus Rogers
Adoree' Jackson #
QB
Cody Kessler
Max Browne
Sam Darnold/ Conner Sullivan
Key Reserves
Christian Tober / George Katrib / David Mellstrom / Robby Kolanz - WR
Daniel Imatorbhebhe / Cyrus Hobbi / Caleb Wilson - TE
Jeff Miller / Kevin Scott / Christian Rector - DL
Out :

Chad Wheeler - OT

Injuries :

Tre Madden (+) - TB
Isaac Whitney (+) - WR
Kevon Seymour (+) - CB
Matt Lopes (+) - DB

Out for Season :

Ajene Harris - WR
Max Tuerk - C
Toa Lobendahn - OG
Cameron Smith - LB
Lamar Dawson - LB


RB
Justin Davis / Ronald Jones II
Dominic Davis
Aca'Cedric Ware
FB
Jahleel Pinner
Soma Vainuku
Special Teams
PK Alex Wood
PK Matt Boermeester
P Kris Albarado
KR Adoree' Jackson & JuJu Smith-Schuster / Justin Davis / Dominic Davis
PR Adoree' Jackson / Steven Mitchell Jr.
LS Zach Smith
H Conner Sullivan


2015 USC Football Depth Chart

Freshman : Freshman

Double Position : #

Injured : +

Recruiting class

Scholarship distribution chart

redshirt year used / redshirt year eligible / * : Former walk-on

- 85 scholarships permitted, 80 currently allotted to players (Note: Ricky Town is still "counts" for 2015, bringing the total to 81).

- USC added four "blueshirts" that will count towards the class of 2016: Oklahoma transfer TE Taylor McNamara,
Florida transfer TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, true freshman OL Clayton Johnston and WR Deontay Burnett,
CAL Poly transfer P Chris Tilbey

- Kicker Matt Boermeester blueshirted and counted towards class of 2015.

- With four blueshirts, USC can sign 20 players in the class of 2016.

2015 NFL draft

Main article: 2015 NFL draft
Round Pick Player Position NFL team
1 6 Leonard Williams Defensive End / Defensive Tackle New York Jets
1 20 Nelson Agholor Wide Receiver Philadelphia Eagles
4 120 (21) Josh Shaw Cornerback / Safety Cincinnati Bengals
4 125 (26) Javorius 'Buck' Allen Running Back Baltimore Ravens
6 198 (22) Randall Telfer Tight End Cleveland Browns
7 219 (2) Hayes Pullard Middle Linebacker Cleveland Browns
UFA - J. R. Tavai Outside Linebacker Tennessee Titans
UFA - George Farmer Wide Receiver -> Cornerback Seattle Seahawks
UFA - Gerald Bowman Safety Baltimore Ravens
UFA - Aundrey Walker Offensive Tackle Miami Dolphins
UFA - Andre Heidari Kicker Los Angeles Kiss (AFL)
  • * : Projected Round

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 8:00 p.m. Arkansas State* #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA P12N W 55–6   79,809
September 12 5:00 p.m. Idaho* #8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA P12N W 59–9   72,422
September 19 5:00 p.m. Stanford #6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 31–41   78,306
September 26 7:30 p.m. at Arizona State #19 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN W 42–14   61,904
October 8 6:00 p.m. Washington #17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ESPN L 12–17   63,623
October 17 4:30 p.m. at #14 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh/Rivalry) NBC L 31–41   80,795
October 24 4:30 p.m. #3 Utah Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FOX W 42–24   73,435
October 31 Noon at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA FOX W 27–21   52,060
November 7 7:30 p.m. Arizonadagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ESPN W 38–30   76,309
November 13 6:00 p.m. at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN2 W 27–24   37,905
November 21 12:30 p.m. at #23 Oregon #24 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ESPN L 28–48   59,094
November 28 12:30 p.m. #22 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Victory Bell/Rivalry) ABC/ESPN2 W 40–21   83,602
December 5 4:45 p.m. vs. #7 Stanford #20 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA (Pac-12 Championship Game) ESPN L 22–41   58,476
December 30 7:30 p.m. vs. Wisconsin* #25 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) ESPN L 21–23   48,329
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll & CFP Rankings (beginning in Week 9) released prior to game..

Game notes

Arkansas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 0 6 0 6
#8 Trojans 14 14 14 13 55
  • (Q1, 13:58) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 61 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7–0
  • (Q1, 0:03) USC - #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 14 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 14–0
  • (Q2, 9:38) USC - #23 Tre Madden 65 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21–0
  • (Q2, 4:40) USC - #48 Taylor McNamara 2 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC28–0
  • (Q3, 13:07) Arkansas State - #34 Michael Gordon 9 yard run - USC 28–6
  • (Q3, 6:28) USC - #23 Tre Madden 8 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 35-6
  • (Q3, 3:46) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 44 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 42-6
  • (Q4, 10:26) USC - #58 Osa Masina 46 yard fumble return, (#39 Alex Wood kick blocked) - USC 48-6
  • (Q4, 4:21) USC - #28 Aca'Cedric Ware 6 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 55-6

Idaho

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 3 6 0 9
#8 Trojans 21 17 14 7 59
  • (Q1, 12:57) USC - #22 Justin Davis 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-0
  • (Q1, 09:28) USC - #22 Justin Davis 7 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 14-0
  • (Q1, 04:25) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 50 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21-0
  • (Q2, 15:00) Idaho - #5 Austin Rehkow 21 yard Field Goal - USC 21-3
  • (Q2, 12:05) USC - #23 Tre Madden 7 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 28-3
  • (Q2, 05:48) USC - #23 Tre Madden 10 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 35-3
  • (Q2, 0:25) USC - #39 Alex Wood 24 yard Field Goal - USC 38-3
  • (Q3, 09:41) Idaho - #13 Bobby Cowan 10 yard pass from #10 Matt Linehan - USC 38–9
  • (Q3, 08:04) USC - #15 Isaac Whitney 28 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 45-9
  • (Q3, 03:53) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 41 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 52-9
  • (Q4, 07:32) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 59-9

Stanford

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinal 7 17 7 10 41
#6 Trojans 14 7 7 3 31
  • (Q1, 12:09) USC - #23 Tre Madden 1 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-0
  • (Q1, 02:55) STA - #18 Austin Hooper 15 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - USC 7-7
  • (Q1, 01:00) USC - #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 6 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 14-7
  • (Q2, 12:44) STA - #34 Conrad Ukropina 42 yard Field Goal - USC 14-10
  • (Q2, 09:49) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 54 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21-10
  • (Q2, 04:21) STA - #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - USC 21-17
  • (Q2, 00:03) STA - #89 Devon Cajuste 17 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 24-21
  • (Q3, 10:14) USC - #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 1 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 28-24
  • (Q3, 04:59) STA - #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 31-28
  • (Q4, 11:25) STA - #22 Remound Wright 1 yard run, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 38-28
  • (Q4, 9:25) USC - #39 Alex Wood 36 yard Field Goal - STA 38-31
  • (Q4, 2:27) STA - #34 Conrad Ukropina 46 yard Field Goal - STA 41-31

Arizona State

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Trojans 7 28 0 7 42
Sun Devils 0 0 7 7 14
  • (Q1, 10:44) USC - #2 Adoree' Jackson 80 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-0
  • (Q2, 11:29) USC - #7 Steven Mitchell Jr. 27 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 14-0
  • (Q2, 03:44) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21-0
  • (Q2, 00:40) USC - #4 Chris Hawkins 94 yard fumble return, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 28-0
  • (Q2, 00:07) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 10 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 35-0
  • (Q3, 02:05) ASU - #4 Demario Richard 1 yard run, (#5 Zane Gonzalez kick) - USC 35–7
  • (Q4, 10:47) USC - #15 Isaac Whitney 10 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 42-7
  • (Q4, 07:48) ASU - #4 Demario Richard 4 yard run, (#5 Zane Gonzalez kick) - USC 42–14

Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 3 7 7 17
#17 Trojans 3 3 0 6 12
  • (Q1, 1:47) USC - #39 Alex Wood 34 yard Field Goal - USC 3-0
  • (Q2, 9:54) WAS - #48 Cameron Van Winkle 21 yard Field Goal - USC 3-3
  • (Q2, 0:00) USC - #39 Alex Wood 21 yard Field Goal - USC 6-3
  • (Q3, 11:24) WAS - #82 Joshua Perkins 27 yard pass from #16 Marvin Hall, (#48 Cameron Van Winkle kick) - WAS 10-6
  • (Q4, 14:21) WAS - #9 Myles Gaskin 1 yard run, (#48 Cameron Van Winkle kick) - WAS 17-6
  • (Q4, 12:02) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 1 yard run, (#6 Cody Kessler pass failed) - WAS 17-12

Notre Dame

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 10 14 7 0 31
#14 Fighting Irish 21 3 0 17 41
  • (Q1, 11:59) USC - #6 Cody Kessler 3 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-0
  • (Q1, 11:49) ND - #7 Will Fuller 75 yard pass from #14 DeShone Kizer, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) - 7-7
  • (Q1, 8:52) USC - #39 Alex Wood 42 yard Field Goal - USC 10-7
  • (Q1, 6:50) ND - #20 C.J. Prosise 25 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) - ND 14-10
  • (Q1, 5:04) ND - #17 Kris Albarado punt blocked, #3 Amir Carlisle 5 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) - ND 21-10
  • (Q2, 6:03) ND - #19 Justin Yoon 32 yard Field Goal - ND 24-10
  • (Q2, 5:52) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 75 yard pass from #10 Jalen Greene, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - ND 24-17
  • (Q2, 3:31) USC - #2 Adoree' Jackson 83 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - 24-24
  • (Q3, 9:45) USC - #48 Taylor McNamara 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 31-24
  • (Q4, 14:26) ND - #20 C.J. Prosise 4 yard run, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) - 31-31
  • (Q4, 9:06) ND - #88 Corey Robinson 10 yard pass from #14 DeShone Kizer, (#19 Justin Yoon kick) - ND 38-31
  • (Q4, 5:39) ND - #19 Justin Yoon 32 yard Field Goal - ND 41-31

Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Utes 14 3 0 7 24
Trojans 7 21 7 7 42
  • (Q1, 8:06) USC - #22 Justin Davis 9 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-0
  • (Q1, 3:53) UTAH - #18 Britain Covey 30 yard pass from #7 Travis Wilson (#39 Andy Phillips kick) - 7-7
  • (Q1, 1:49) UTAH - #8 Bubba Poole 2 yard run (#39 Andy Phillips kick) - UTAH 14-7
  • (Q2, 9:47) USC - #31 Soma Vainuku 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - 14-14
  • (Q2, 3:40) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 18 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21-14
  • (Q2, 1:07) USC - #35 Cameron Smith 54 yard interception run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 28-14
  • (Q2, 0:05) UTAH - #39 Andy Phillips 53 yard Field Goal - USC 28-17
  • (Q3, 3:37) USC - #6 Cody Kessler 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 35-17
  • (Q4, 9:58) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 25 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 42-17
  • (Q4, 4:00) UTAH - #18 Britain Covey 66 yard pass from #7 Travis Wilson (#39 Andy Phillips kick) - USC 42-24

California

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 10 17 0 27
Golden Bears 7 0 7 7 21
  • (Q1, 7:05) CAL - #1 Bryce Treggs 6 yard pass from #16 Jared Goff (#9 Matt Anderson kick) - CAL 7-0
  • (Q2, 13:32) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 13 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 7-7
  • (Q2, 0:11) USC - #39 Alex Wood 22 yard Field Goal - USC 10-7
  • (Q3, 9:50) USC - #23 Tre Madden 2 yard run, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 17-7
  • (Q3, 9:40) USC - #2 Adoree' Jackson 46 yard interception run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 24-7
  • (Q3, 5:46) CAL - #2 Daniel Lasco 6 yard run (#9 Matt Anderson kick) - USC 24-14
  • (Q3, 1:47) USC - #39 Alex Wood 43 yard Field Goal - USC 27-14
  • (Q4, 3:56) CAL - #89 Stephen Anderson 9 yard pass from #16 Jared Goff (#9 Matt Anderson kick) - USC 27-21

Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 10 3 10 30
Trojans 0 17 0 21 38
  • (Q1, 5:53) AZ - #6 Nate Phillips 9 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) - AZ 7-0
  • (Q2, 15:00) AZ - #4 David Richards 2 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) - AZ 14-0
  • (Q2, 11:39) USC - #39 Alex Wood 25 yard Field Goal - AZ 14-3
  • (Q2, 9:25) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 72 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - AZ 14-10
  • (Q2, 8:16) AZ - #41 Casey Skowron 37 yard Field Goal - AZ 17-10
  • (Q2, 3:02) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 5 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 17-17
  • (Q3, 10:56) AZ - #41 Casey Skowron 41 yard Field Goal - AZ 20-17
  • (Q4, 15:00) USC - #22 Justin Davis 9 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 24-20
  • (Q4, 10:09) AZ - #41 Casey Skowron 44 yard Field Goal - USC 24-23
  • (Q4, 9:37) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 74 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 31-23
  • (Q4, 2:42) USC - #22 Justin Davis 15 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 38-23
  • (Q4, 0:16) AZ - #1 Cayleb Jones 1 yard pass from #12 Anu Solomon (#41 Casey Skowron kick) - USC 38-30

Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 3 3 14 7 27
Buffaloes 7 10 0 7 24
  • (Q1, 10:35) USC - #39 Alex Wood 22 yard Field Goal - USC 3-0
  • (Q1, 5:15) COL - #23 Phillip Lindsay 4 yard run (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) - COL 7-3
  • (Q2, 9:28) COL - #22 Nelson Spruce 9 yard pass from #15 Cade Apsay (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) - COL 14-3
  • (Q2, 3:14) COL - #10 Diego Gonzalez 28 yard Field Goal - COL 17-3
  • (Q2, 0:00) USC - #39 Alex Wood 41 yard Field Goal - COL 17-6
  • (Q3, 5:34) USC - #38 Jahleel Pinner 4 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - COL 17-13
  • (Q3, 2:32) USC - #48 Taylor McNamara 2 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 20-17
  • (Q4, 13:55) USC - #9 JuJu Smith-Schuster 36 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 27-17
  • (Q4, 6:13) COL - #18 George Frazier 1 yard pass from #15 Cade Apsay (#10 Diego Gonzalez kick) - USC 27-24

Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Trojans 7 7 14 0 28
#23 Ducks 14 17 7 10 48
  • (Q1, 7:34) ORE - #2 Bralon Addison 48 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 7-0
  • (Q1, 2:04) USC - #1 Darreus Rogers 27 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) - USC 7-7
  • (Q1, 1:46) ORE - #81 Evan Baylis 52 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 14-7
  • (Q2, 12:20) USC - #82 Tyler Petite 12 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) - USC 14-14
  • (Q2, 6:46) ORE - #7 Darren Carrington 37 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 21-14
  • (Q2, 2:47) ORE - #29 Kani Benoit 30 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 28-14
  • (Q2, 0:06) ORE - #41 Aidan Schneider 37 yard Field Goal - ORE 31-14
  • (Q3, 11:33) ORE - #88 Dwayne Stanford 21 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 38-14
  • (Q3, 9:48) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 12 yard run (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) - ORE 38-21
  • (Q3, 1:48) USC - #2 Adoree' Jackson 41 yard punt return (#36 Matt Boermeester kick) - ORE 38-28
  • (Q4, 12:57) ORE - #6 Charles Nelson 26 yard pass from #3 Vernon Adams Jr. (#41 Aidan Schneider kick) - ORE 45-28
  • (Q4, 7:00) ORE - #41 Aidan Schneider 22 yard Field Goal - ORE 48-28

UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Bruins 7 7 7 0 21
Trojans 3 17 13 7 40
  • (Q1, 7:58) USC - #39 Alex Wood 30 yard Field Goal - USC 3-0
  • (Q1, 3:32) UCLA - #24 Paul Perkins 19 yard run (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) - UCLA 7-3
  • (Q2, 12:06) USC - #6 Cody Kessler 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 10-7
  • (Q2, 9:49) UCLA - #18 Thomas Duarte 19 yard pass from #3 Josh Rosen (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) - UCLA 14-10
  • (Q2, 2:51) USC - #39 Alex Wood 21 yard Field Goal - UCLA 14-13
  • (Q2, 1:56) USC - #2 Adoree' Jackson 42 yard punt return (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 20-14
  • (Q3, 8:42) UCLA - #24 Paul Perkins 1 yard run (#15 Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) - UCLA 21-20
  • (Q3, 7:27) USC - #94 Rasheem Greene 31 yard fumble return, (2pts failed) - USC 26-21
  • (Q3, 1:57) USC - #1 Darreus Rogers 21 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 33-21
  • (Q4, 6:24) USC - #48 Taylor McNamara 8 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 40-21

Pac-12 Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Trojans 0 3 13 6 22
#7 Cardinal 3 10 14 14 41
  • (Q1, 9:13) STA - #34 Conrad Ukropina 30 yard Field Goal - STA 3-0
  • (Q2, 15:00) STA - #8 Kevin Hogan 11 yard pass from #5 Christian McCaffrey, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 10-0
  • (Q2, 8:35) STA - #34 Conrad Ukropina 23 yard Field Goal - STA 13-0
  • (Q2, 0:15) USC - #39 Alex Wood 40 yard Field Goal - STA 13-3
  • (Q3, 11:56) USC - #38 Jahleel Pinner 1 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler (#39 Alex Wood kick blocked) - STA 13-9
  • (Q3, 5:28) USC - #25 Ronald Jones II 27 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 16-13
  • (Q3, 3:16) STA - #8 Kevin Hogan 7 yard run (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 20-16
  • (Q3, 0:14) STA - #90 Solomon Thomas 30 yard fumble return, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 27-16
  • (Q4, 12:35) USC - #6 Cody Kessler 12 yard run (2pts failed) - STA 27-22
  • (Q4, 6:43) STA - #5 Christian McCaffrey 28 yard pass from #8 Kevin Hogan, (#34 Conrad Ukropina kick) - STA 34-22
  • (Q4, 1:44) STA - #5 Christian McCaffrey 10 yard run - STA 41-22

Holiday Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Trojans 0 7 7 7 21
Badgers 0 13 7 3 23
  • (Q2, 13:34) WIS - #10 Rafael Gaglianone 28 yard Field Goal - WIS 3-0
  • (Q2, 9:28) WIS - #6 Corey Clement 6 yard run (#10 Rafael Gaglianone kick) - WIS 10-0
  • (Q2, 5:20) USC - #22 Justin Davis 1 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - WIS 10-7
  • (Q2, 0:30) WIS - #10 Rafael Gaglianone 33 yard Field Goal - WIS 13-7
  • (Q3, 7:54) WIS - #2 Joel Stave 4 yard pass from #46 Austin Traylor, (#10 Rafael Gaglianone kick) - WIS 20-7
  • (Q3, 5:38) USC - #22 Justin Davis 4 yard run (#39 Alex Wood kick) - WIS 20-14
  • (Q4, 10:28) USC - #1 Darreus Rogers 7 yard pass from #6 Cody Kessler, (#39 Alex Wood kick) - USC 21-20
  • (Q4, 2:31) WIS - #10 Rafael Gaglianone 29 yard Field Goal - WIS 23-21

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 8 8 6 19 17 17 RV NR RV RV RV 22 RV 24 RV  
Coaches' 10 10 7 18 16 17 RV NR RV RV RV 24 RV 24 RV  
CFP Not released NR NR 24 NR 20 25 Not released


Statistics

Team

As of 11/22/2015.

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 45 45 35 20 145
All opponents 21 6 12 17 56

Pac-12 opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 44 113 72 58 287
Pac-12 opponents 63 67 45 65 240

Offense

Defense

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, PD: Passes Defended, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties, TD : Touchdown

Special teams

Awards

College Sports Madness All-American Team

  • Second Team

Su'a Cravens - LB - Junior

  • Third Team

Zach Banner - OT - Redshirt Junior

USA Today Sports Freshman All-America Team

  • First Team

Cameron Smith - LB - Freshman
Iman Marshall- CB - Freshman

Pac-12 All-Conference Team

  • First Team

JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Sophomore
Zach Banner - OT - Redshirt Junior
Antwaun Woods - DT - Redshirt Senior
Su'a Cravens - LB - Junior
Adoree' Jackson - CB - Sophomore

  • Second Team

Chad Wheeler - OT - Redshirt Junior
Delvon Simmons - DE - Redshirt Senior
Soma Vainuku - FB - Redshirt Senior
Adoree' Jackson - RS - Sophomore

  • Honorable Mention

Cody Kessler - QB - Redshirt Senior
Justin Davis - TB - Junior
Ronald Jons II - TB - Freshman
Damien Mama - OG - Sophomore
Cameron Smith - LB - Freshman

Pac-12 All-Academic Team

  • First Team

Robby Kolanz - WR - Redshirt Junior
Connor Spears - TE - Redshirt Sophomore

  • Honorable Mention

Alex Wood - K - Redshirt Junior

Pac-12 Freshman

  • Defensive Player of the Year

Cameron Smith - LB - Freshman


Notes

  • March 23, 2015 – Former Oklahoma Tight End Tyler McNamara Transferring to USC.[2]
  • May 1, 2015 - Former SC Linebacker Charles Burks transferring to Azusa Pacific
  • June 24, 2015 – Former Florida Tight End Daniel Imatorbhebhe Transferring to USC.[3]
  • July 16, 2015 – Georgia Tech confirms addition of USC transfer Lamont Simmons.[4]
  • August 4, 2015 – Rahshead Johnson, former 4-star at USC, transfers to San Jose State.[5]
  • August 16, 2015 - Freshman Quarterback Ricky Town has decided to transfer.[6]
  • August 21, 2015 - Arkansas announces they have landed ex-USC QB Ricky Town.[7]
  • October 12, 2015 - Steve Sarkisian Fired as USC Football Coach.[8]
  • October 12, 2015 - Daelin Hayes De-Commits from USC Football.[9]
  • October 13, 2015 - Mique Juarez De-Commits from USC Football.[10]
  • October 30, 2015 – Athletic Director Pat Haden resigns from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee
  • November 30, 2015 - Clay Helton Hired As USC Football Head Coach.[11]
  • December 6, 2015 - USC has confirmed the firing of Justin Wilcox, Keith Heyward, Bob Connelly and Chris Wilson.[12]
  • December 13, 2015 - Zach Banner to Return for Senior Season at USC.[13]
  • December 16, 2015 - Su'a Cravens Declares for 2016 NFL Draft.[14]
  • December 18, 2015 - Tee Martin Promoted To Offensive Coordinator.[15]
  • December 22, 2015 - Cody Kessler, Soma Vainuku To Play In Senior Bowl.[16]
  • December 22, 2015 - Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. To Play In 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[17]

References

  1. http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/113015aab.html
  2. de Artolo, Alicia (March 23, 2015). "Former Oklahoma Tight End Tyler McNamara Transferring to USC". FanSided. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. de Artolo, Alicia (June 24, 2015). "TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe Confirms Transfer". FanSided. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  4. Taylor, John (July 16, 2015). "Georgia Tech confirms addition of USC transfer Lamont Simmons". FanSided. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  5. Durkin, Jimmy (August 4, 2015). "Rahshead Johnson, former 4-star at USC, transfers to San Jose State". FanSided. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  6. Castillo, Michael (August 16, 2015). "Steve Sarkisian Confirms Ricky Town Transfer". FanSided. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  7. "It's Official: Arkansas Announces They Have Landed Ex-USC QB Ricky Town". Fox Sports. August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  8. "Steve Sarkisian Fired as USC Football Coach". Reign of Troy. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  9. "Daelin Hayes De-Commits from USC Football". Reign of Troy. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  10. "Mique Juarez De-Commits from USC Football". Reign of Troy. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  11. "Clay Helton Hired As USC Football Head Coach". Reign of Troy. November 30, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  12. "USC Football: Clay Helton Reportedly Fires Defensive Coaching Staff". Reign of Troy. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  13. "Zach Banner to Return for Senior Season at USC". Reign of Troy. December 13, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  14. "Su'a Cravens Declares for 2016 NFL Draft". Reign of Troy. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  15. "Tee Martin Promoted To Offensive Coordinator". Reign of Troy. December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  16. "Cody Kessler, Soma Vainuku To Play In Senior Bowl". Reign of Troy. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  17. "Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. To Play In 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". Reign of Troy. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.