Oklahoma

Sooners

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 29, 1973

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, 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

L

T

PCT

Oklahoma 0                                
Southern Cal © 1 3 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Oklahoma

0

0

7

0

7

Southern Cal

0

7

0

0

7

In Oklahoma’s first title shot, first-year coach Barry Switzer brought his 8th ranked, 1-0 Sooners to Los Angeles to play the top-ranked, 2-0 Southern Cal Trojans of John McKay.  Southern Cal’s defense came into the game having not allowed a TD in their first 2 victories.  The Selmon brothers – Lee Roy, Dewey, & All-American Lucious with All-American LB Rod Shoate anchored the Oklahoma defense while the offense featured QB Steve Davis & All-Big 8 RB Joe Washington.  Although Oklahoma dominated in the statistical battle, the two powerhouse programs fought to a 7-7 tie.  The Sooners avoided trailing very early in-spite of turning the ball over through fumbles on 2 of their first 4 offensive plays.  After the second turnover, Trojans' QB Pat Haden threw an apparent touchdown pass to All-Pac 8 TE Jim Obradovich but the play was nullified when Obradovich was flagged for being offsides.  The Trojans scored early in the 2nd quarter after a fumbled Sooners' punt return by CB Clyde Powers was recovered by Southern Cal LB Tom Bohlinger giving the Trojans the ball at the Oklahoma 25-yard line.  Haden hit WR J.K. McKay for a 15-yard touchdown to give Southern Cal the lead 7-0 which they held at halftime.  In the first half, Sooners’ PK Rick Fulcher missed a 32-yard field goal attempt & had a 40-yard attempt blocked.  Oklahoma opened the 2nd half driving 70 yards in 13 plays for their only score, a 2-yard keeper by Davis that tied the score at 7-7.  Neither team threatened the rest of the game & The Belt did not change hands (“To Be The Man, You Have To Beat The Man”).  In the final period, Southern Cal drove only to the Sooners’ 45-yard line while Oklahoma was unable to cross midfield.  Oklahoma finished with 330 yards rushing while outgaining the Trojans 339-161 but 3 turnovers & the 2 botched field goal attempts probably kept them from claiming The Belt.  Haden finished with just 59 yards passing with his touchdown while All-American WR Lynn Swann was held to 2 catches for 12 yards.  For Oklahoma, Davis rushed for 102 yards with his touchdown, Washington added 84 yards rushing & RB Waymon Clark rushed for 126 yards.  Southern Cal finished the season 9-2-1; Pac-8 Champions & ranked 8th nationally while the Sooners finished the season 10-0-1; Big 8 Champions & ranked 3rd nationally.  Oklahoma would play again for The Belt in 1992.

Oklahoma Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Waymon Clark 26 126 0 Anthony Davis 14 57 0
Steve Davis 21 102 1 Rod McNeill 12 32 0
Joe Washington 12 84 0 Manfred Moore 5 12 0
Tinker Owens 1 9 0 Lynn Swann 2 4 0
Jim Littrell 1 5 0 Pat Haden 4 -3 0
Tim Welch 2 4 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Steve Davis 6 1 0 9 0 Pat Haden 16 7 1 59 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Tinker Owens 1 9 0 Jim Obradovich 2 30 0
        J.K. McKay 1 15 1
        Lynn Swann 2 12 0
        Anthony Davis 1 7 0
        Allen Carter 1 -5 0

 

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