Ohio State

Buckeyes ©

Southern Cal

Trojans

The Rose Bowl

Played January 1, 1973

at the Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

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T

PCT

Ohio State © 1 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000                
Southern Cal 0                                

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Ohio State

0

7

3

7

17

Southern Cal

7

0

21

14

42

The 3rd ranked, 9-1 Ohio State Buckeyes of coach Woody Hayes came to Pasadena as Belt holders but John McKay’s top-ranked, 11-0 Southern Cal Trojans were clear favorites to take the title.  Although Ohio State had the national’s leading scorer in RB Champ Henson & All-American LB Randy Gradishar, the Buckeyes were no match for the bigger, faster Trojans.  One of the greatest college teams in history, Southern Cal had 23 players (including three NFL first-round draft picks) who moved on to professional football careers.  Southern Cal's RB Sam Cunningham’s four touchdown runs led to a 42-17 rout of the Buckeyes as Southern Cal claimed their first Belt championship.  The game was also noteworthy for a classic Hayes blow-up when he punched a Los Angeles Times photographer.  Cunningham scored the only points of the 1st quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run.  Buckeyes' RB Randal Keith scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as Ohio State tied the score 7-7 at the half.  The 2nd half saw the Trojans dominate the Buckeyes in every aspect of the game as the scored on their first 5 2nd half possessions.  Southern Cal's QB Mike Rae connected with WR Lynn Swann on a 10-yard touchdown pass & Cunningham scored two touchdowns on 1-yard runs in the 3rd quarter while Ohio State managed only a 21-yard field goal by PK Blair Conway as Southern Cal took a 28-10 lead to the 4th quarter.  Cunningham’s fourth touchdown also came on a 1-yard run as the Trojans pushed the lead to 35-10.  Ohio State's RB John Bledsoe scored on a 5-yard touchdown run & Southern Cal's RB Anthony Davis finished the scoring with a 20-yard jaunt.  Rae finished with 229 yards passing with a touchdown, Swann had 6 catches for 108 yards with his score, & All-American TE Charles Young added 82 yards receiving.  Davis tallied 157 yards rushing with his score, & Cunningham rushed for just 38 yards but the 4 touchdowns.  The Buckeyes finished the season 9-2; Big Ten Co-Champs & ranked 9th nationally while Pac-8 champion Southern Cal claimed not only The Belt, but also the National Championship with a 12-0 record.  Ohio State would play for The Belt again in 1975.

Ohio State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Archie Griffin 20 95 0 Anthony Davis 23 157 1
Randal Keith 15 59 1 Sam Cunningham 11 38 4
Richard Galbos 9 57 0 Rod McNeill 4 32 0
John Bledsoe 1 5 1        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Greg Hare 8 4 1 64 0 Mike Rae 25 18 0 229 1
Steve Morrison 3 1 1 17 0 Pat Haden 2 1 0 15 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Tim Holycross 2 37 0 Lynn Swann 6 108 1
Archie Griffin 2 27 0 Charles Young 6 82 0
John Smurda 1 17 0 Manfred Moore 2 21 0
        Anthony Davis 3 17 0
        J.K. McKay 1 14 0
        Sam Cunningham 1 2 0

 

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