The 1955 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1955 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Jess Hill, the Trojans compiled a 6–4 record (3–3 against conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the Pacific Coast Conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 265 to 158. Attendance at seven home games was 464,104, an average of 66,300. Attendance at all 10 games was 615,196.
Jim Contratto led the team in passing with 22 of 55 passes completed for 406 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Jon Arnett led the team in rushing with 141 carries for 672 yards and 11 touchdowns. Arnett was also the team's leading punt returners with 16 returns and an average of 17.6 yards per return, including one returned for a touchdown. With three touchdown catches, Arnett also led the team with 15 touchdowns and 105 points scored. Leon Clarke was the leading receiver with 15 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Two Trojans received first-team honors from the Associated Press on the 1955 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team: back Jon Arnett and guard Orlando Ferrante. Arnett was also a two-time recipient of the W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast, winning the award in both 1954 and 1955. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
|1955 USC Trojans football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1955 record||6–4 (3–3 PCC)|
|Head coach||Jess Hill (5th season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|1955 PCC football standings|
|No. 4 UCLA $||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|No. 16 Stanford||3||–||2||–||1||6||–||3||–||1|
|No. 13 USC||3||–||3||–||0||6||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 17||Washington State||No. 13||W 50–12||35,384|
|September 23||vs. Oregon||No. 9||W 42–15||37,538|
|September 30||Texas*||No. 9||W 19–7||62,033|
|October 8||at No. 18 Washington||No. 10||L 0–7||35,955|
|October 14||No. 6 Wisconsin*||No. 16||W 33–21||75,114|
|October 22||at California||No. 10||W 33–6||51,000|
|October 29||Minnesota*||No. 10||L 19–25||64,592|
|November 5||Stanford||No. 16||L 20–28||63,265|
|November 19||No. 5 UCLA||L 7–17||95,878|
|November 26||No. 5 Notre Dame*||W 42–20||94,892|
The following players were members of the 1955 USC football team.
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National championship seasons in bold