USC: America's Bowl Team
USC has a remarkable record in bowl games. The Trojans have the nation’s fourth highest bowl winning percentage (.673) among the 86 schools that have made at least 10 bowl appearances (behind Marshall's .818, Utah's .778 and Miami of Ohio's .700). USC's 33 bowl victories is second behind Alabama's 34 for the most in the nation (not including 1 win for both teams vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 34 for USC, 35 for Alabama). Troy’s 49 bowl appearances are sixth most, behind Alabama (62), Texas (53), Nebraska (51), Tennessee (50) and Georgia (50) (not including 2 USC apperances and 1 Alabama appearance vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 51 for USC, 63 for Alabama). USC once won 9 consecutive bowl games (the 1923-30-32-33-39-40-44-45 Rose Bowls and 1924 Christmas Festival); only Florida State has won more in a row (11).
USC’s overall post-season record is 33-16 (not including 1 win and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 34-17). The Trojans were a bowl participant each year they were eligible from 1972 to 1990.
USC has appeared in an unprecedented 32 Rose Bowls, where it has a 24-8 mark (.750) (not including 1 appearance and 1 loss later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 33 Rose Bowls, 24-9, .718). That is not only the most Rose Bowl wins of any team, but also the most wins by a school in a single bowl. USC has won 11 of its last 13 Rose Bowls (not including 1 appearance and 1 loss later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 11 of its last 14). USC is the only team to win 3 consecutive Rose Bowls (2007-08-09). USC twice played in 4 consecutive Rose Bowl games (1967 to 1970 and 2006 to 2009); Ohio State (1973 to 1976) is the only other team to have done so.
USC has also appeared in 13 other bowls--the Christmas Festival, Liberty Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, Sun (John Hancock) Bowl (3 times), Freedom Bowl (twice), Cotton Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl (twice), Orange Bowl (twice), Emerald Bowl and Holiday Bowl.
USC made 5 BCS bowl appearances (2003 Orange, 2004 Rose, 2007 Rose, 2008 Rose, 2009 Rose)(not including 2 appearances--2005 Orange and 2006 Rose--vacated by NCAA penalty; original record: an unprecedented 7 consecutive BCS bowl appearances). USC's 5 overall BCS bowl trips are tied for seventh most, behind Ohio State's 9, Oklahoma's 9, Florida State's 8, Florida's 7, Virginia Tech's 6 and Alabama's 6 (not including 2 appearances vacated by NCAA penalty; original record: 7 appearances, tied for fourth most; also, 1 Ohio State appearance vacated by NCAA penalty). USC's 5 BCS bowl victories are tied with Ohio State for the most of any school (not including 1 win vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 6 victories, tied with Ohio State for most; also, 1 Ohio State win vacated by NCAA penalty).
(Based on total victories)
*Not including 1 win vacated due to NCAA penalty (original record: 35-22-3, .598 for Alabama, 26-14-2, .643 for Florida State)
**Not including 1 win and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty (original record: 33-17, .653)
Note: Penn State not included in chart because 6 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty (original record: 27-15-2, .636)
USC's Rose Bowl Record
USC's Record in Other Bowls