2014 USC Trojans Football Team
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2014 USC Trojans Football Team

2014 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 45-42 vs. Nebraska
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 20
2014 record9-4 (6-3 Pac-12)
Head coachSteve Sarkisian (1st as head coach; 6th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorClay Helton (2nd as coordinator; 4th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJustin Wilcox (1st season)
Base defense3-4 Multiple
Captain
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity: 93,607)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 2 Oregon x$^   8 1         13 2  
Stanford   5 4         8 5  
Washington   4 5         8 6  
California   3 6         5 7  
Oregon State   2 7         5 7  
Washington State   2 7         3 9  
South Division
No. 19 Arizona x   7 2         10 4  
No. 10 UCLA   6 3         10 3  
No. 12 Arizona State   6 3         10 3  
No. 20 USC   6 3         9 4  
No. 21 Utah   5 4         9 4  
Colorado   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Oregon 51, Arizona 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2014 college football season. USC played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and were members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They were led by Steve Sarkisian, who returned to USC after coaching Pac-12 opponent Washington for five years. They finished the season 9-4, 6-3 in Pac-12 play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the South Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they defeated Nebraska.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at
USC
Alma Mater Before USC
Steve Sarkisian Head Coach 1 BYU (1997) Washington - Head Coach (2013)
Tim Drevno Offensive Line Coach / Running Game Coordinator 1 Cal State Fullerton (1992) San Francisco 49ers - OL Coach (2013)
Clay Helton Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 4 Houston (1994) Memphis - OC Coordinator (2009)
Keith Heyward Defensive Backs Coach / Pass Game Coordinator Defense 1 Oregon State (2002) Washington - DB Coach (2013)
Tee Martin Wide Receivers Coach / Pass Game Coordinator 3 Tennessee (2000) Kentucky - WR Coach (2011)
Johnny Nansen Running Backs Coach / Special Teams Coach / Assistant Head Coach 1 Washington State (1997) Washington - ST Coordinator / RB Coach (2013)
Peter Sirmon Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Associate Head Coach Defense 1 Oregon (1999) Washington - LB Coach (2013)
Marques Tuiasosopo Tight Ends Coach / Associate Head Coach Offense 1 Washington (2001) Washington - QB Coach (2013)
Justin Wilcox Defensive Coordinator 1 Oregon (1999) Washington - DC Coordinator (2013)
Chris Wilson Defensive Line Coach 1 Oklahoma (1992) Georgia - DL Coach (2013)
Ivan Lewis Strength and Conditioning 1 San Diego (2003) Washington - Strength and Conditioning (2013)
Ross Cumming Graduate Assistant Coach (Linebackers) 2 USC (2012) USC - Reserve Linebacker [Player] (2011)
Jon Farmerie Graduate Assistant Coach (Secondary) 1 University of La Verne (2008) California - Assistant DB Coach (2013)
Kyle Williams Graduate Assistant Coach (Secondary) 1 Kansas State (2006) Evangel University - DB Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)
Jaron Fairman Graduate Assistant Coach (Special Team) 1 Fresno State (2007) Crespi Carmelite High School - WR Coach / ST Coordinator (2013)

Roster

Returning starters

USC returns 16 starters in 2014, including eight on offense, eight on defense, and the starting kicker, punter & long snapper.

Key departures include Kevin Graf (OT), Marqise Lee (WR), Silas Redd (RB), Xavier Grimble (TE), Marcus Martin (C), George Uko (DE / DT), Devon Kennard (DE), Morgan Breslin (LB), Dion Bailey (LB / S), and Demetrius Wright (S)

  •  : Co-Starter in 2013

Depth chart

Rookies : *

Double Position : #

Recruiting class

2014 NFL Draft

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 304:30 p.m.Fresno State*No. 15FOXW 52-1376,037
September 612:30 p.m.at No. 13 StanfordNo. 14ABCW 13-1050,814
September 138:00 p.m.at Boston College*No. 9ESPNL 31-3741,632
September 277:30 PMOregon StateNo. 18
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNW 35-1074,521
October 44:30 p.m.Arizona StateNo. 16
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FOXL 34-3870,115
October 117:30 p.m.at No. 10 ArizonaESPN2W 28-2656,754
October 183:00 p.m.ColoradodaggerNo. 22
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
P12NW 56-2874,756
October 257:00 p.m.at No. 19 UtahNo. 20FS1L 21-2447,619
November 11:30 p.m.at Washington StateP12NW 44-1725,012
November 136:00 p.m.California
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ESPNW 38-3064,615
November 225:00 p.m.at No. 11 UCLANo. 24ABCL 20-3882,431
November 2912:30 p.m.Notre Dame*
FOXW 49-1479,586
December 275:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 Nebraska*No. 24ESPNW 45-4255,789
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summaries

Fresno State

1 234Total
Fresno St 0 760 13
• USC 21 10210 52

[1]

Stanford

1 234Total
• USC 7 033 13
Stanford 0 1000 10

[2]

Boston College

1 234Total
USC 10 7014 31
• Boston College 0 20710 37
  • Date: September 13
  • Location: Alumni Stadium
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Television network: ABC

[3]

Oregon State

1 234Total
Oregon St 7 300 10
• USC 7 14014 35

[4]

Arizona State

1 234Total
• Arizona St 0 15320 38
USC 7 10314 34

[5]

Arizona

1 234Total
• USC 7 7140 28
Arizona 6 0713 26
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Arizona Stadium
  • Game start: 10:30 p.m. EST
  • Television network: ESPN2

[6]

Colorado

1 234Total
Colorado 0 7147 28
• USC 28 7210 56

[7]

Utah

1 234Total
USC 7 707 21
• Utah 7 377 24

[8]

Washington State

1 234Total
• USC 14 10137 44
Washington St 0 737 17
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Martin Stadium
  • Game start: 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Television network: P12N

[9]

California

1 234Total
California 2 7714 30
• USC 21 1007 38

[10]

UCLA

1 234Total
USC 7 706 20
• UCLA 14 10140 38
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Rose Bowl
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Television network: ABC

[11]

Notre Dame

1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 770 14
• USC 21 14140 49

[12]

Holiday Bowl

1 234Total
Nebraska 17 0178 42
• USC 10 14210 45

[13]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final
AP 15 14 9 17 18 16 RV 22 20 RV RV RV 24 RV RV 24 20
Coaches 15 14 10 21 22 20 RV 25 21 RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV 21
CFP Not released NR NR NR 19 NR 25 24 Not released

Notes

  • December 27, 2014 - After winning the Holiday Bowl game, Cody Kessler announced he will return next season for his senior year.

References

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