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USC Trojans Achieve First Perfect Record in 30 Years

Dec. 25, 1962 - Southern California brought the Pacific Coast back to the top in college football for the first time in many years. Defeating all 10 opponents for their first perfect record since 1932, the U.S.C. Trojans were ranked first in the polls of the AP and UPI. They received the Douglas MacArthur Bowl of the National Football Foundation as the best college team in the country and won the championship of the Big Six Conference. The West was also honored with major individual awards. John McKay (pictured after U.S.C. beat Notre Dame on Dec. 1) was voted the coach of the year for piloting the Trojans to the national championship. Terry Baker, the Oregon State quarterback, received the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding player. Wisconsin was ranked second in the final polls. The Badgers, who had been picked to finish fifth or lower in the Big Ten, lost only to Ohio State. They won the conference championship with their best record since 1912 and will play U.S.C. in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif., next Tuesday.

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