|1959 USC Trojans football|
|Conference||Athletic Association of Western Universities|
|1959 record||8–2 (3–1 AAWU)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|1959 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings|
|No. 8 Washington ^ +||3||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 14 USC +||3||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1959 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. In their third year under head coach Don Clark, the Trojans compiled an 8–2 record (3–1 against conference opponents), finished in a tie for the Athletic Association of Western Universities championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 195 to 90. Total attendance for all 10 games was 453,865.
Ben Charles led the team in passing with 20 of 46 passes completed for 843 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Jerry Traynham led the team in rushing with 123 carries for 583 yards and two touchdowns. Luther Hayes was the leading receiver with nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
This was the first season for the five-team AAWU, following the dissolution of the Pacific Coast Conference in the spring. It comprised the four teams from state of California and Washington in Seattle. The other four teams from the north (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, and Idaho) were independent for several seasons.
|September 19||at Oregon State*||W 27–6||23,895|
|September 25||Pittsburgh*||No. 11||W 23–0||34,172|
|October 2||No. 14 Ohio State*||No. 11||W 17–0||49,592|
|October 17||at No. 18 Washington||No. 7||W 22–15||54,497|
|October 24||Stanford||No. 5||W 30–28||44,209|
|October 31||at California||No. 6||W 14–7||37,000|
|November 7||West Virginia*||No. 6||W 36–0||34,066|
|November 14||at Baylor*||No. 4||W 17–8||43,832|
|November 24||UCLA||No. 4||L 3–10||85,917|
|November 28||at Notre Dame*||No. 7||L 6–16||48,682|