Decades and decades worth of USC football records have been set by a litany of historic Trojan players. But not all of them will be broken.
Among a laundry list of USC football records are NCAA marks for consecutive BCS bowl appearances and wins: seven and six, respectively. They set a record with 33 weeks as the No. 1 team in the AP rankings.
The Trojans own the most appearances and victories in the Rose Bowl, with 33 games and 25 victories, a mark which is the highest of any team in a single bowl in history.
And of course, there are many, many more where those came from. Some have toppled over the course of 130-plus years of history, but others are on a different level, nearly impossible to break.
Here is a look at 10 of those. The USC football records that will surely never be broken.
Charles White’s yards
The 1979 Heisman Trophy winner and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Charles White’s USC career was as productive as one could possibly be.
In 1976, he set the school record for yards by a freshman with 858. He topped the 1,000-yard mark a year later, before leading the Trojans to a national championship as a junior. That year, he amassed 1,859 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, including an MVP performance of 99 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 1979 Rose Bowl.
To finish off his career, White became the first Trojan to break the 2,000-yard mark. He did it by 50 yards, while scoring 19 touchdowns on his way to USC’s third Heisman.
All that totaled up to 6,245 career rushing yards, the most in Trojan history. When he graduated, it was second all-time, before standing fifth in NCAA history today.
The mark will never come close to being matched.
Only three USC rushers in the 21st century have reached the 3,000-yard club —Ronald Jones, Reggie Bush and LenDale White— and no one but White has ever topped 5,000 yards. Not even Marcus Allen, who finished with 4,810.
To break the record, a running back would need to average four years of 1,500-plus yards or three years of 2,000-plus. In today’s game, it is extremely unlikely any running back would stick around and not leave for the NFL Draft, hence how rare such career yardage is.