College Football Belt - 1973 Southern Cal at Georgia Tech
 
 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Georgia Tech

Yellow Jackets

Played September 22, 1973

at Grant Field

Atlanta, Georgia

   

 

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

Southern Cal © 1 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000         1 0 0 1.000
Georgia Tech 0                                

 

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

7

0

9

23

Georgia Tech

0

3

3

0

6

 

The top-ranked, 1-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John McKay made their first trip East as Belt holders; the 0-1 Georgia Tech Yellowjackets, coached by Bill Fulcher, awaited the champions.  Tech had lost their season opener to South Carolina & the match-up with Southern Cal would be no easier.  Southern Cal's All-American WR Lynn Swann caught a touchdown pass & returned a punt for a touchdown while Trojan's All-American S Artimus Parker claimed 3 of Georgia Tech's QB Jim Stevens 4 interceptions in a 23-6 victory to retain The Belt.  The teams traded punts throughout the 1st quarter before the Trojans pinned the Yellow Jackets at the Georgia Tech 6-yard line & prepared to punt again.  Swann took the kick at the Georgia Tech 48-yard line & broke free for the score giving Southern Cal a 7-0 lead at the end of the quarter.  After Southern Cal's PK Chris Limahelu missed a 27-yard field goal attempt, Georgia Tech drove to the Southern Cal 23-yard line but had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by PK Cam Bonifay.  The Trojans responded with 12-play, 69-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB Pat Haden to Swann with 0:17 left in the half giving Southern Cal a 14-3 advantage.  Georgia Tech opened the 3rd quarter with a 10-play drive resulting in a 40-yard field goal by Bonifay before the teams traded punts for the rest of the quarter.  Early in the 4th quarter, Limahelu connected on a 20-yard field goal as Southern Cal took a 17-6 lead.  After Stevens’ third interception, the Trojans drove 61 yards in 9 plays with Haden finding WR J.K. McKay on the 15-yard touchdown pass.  Parker intercepted Stevens for the third time with just 0:58 to play to end any hopes of a miracle rally.  Haden finished with 118 yards passing with his 2 touchdowns while Stevens finished with 116 yards passing but the 4 interceptions for the Yellow Jackets.  Southern Cal finished the season 9-2-1; Pac-8 Champions & ranked 8th nationally while Georgia Tech finished 5-6 in Fulcher’s final season.  Georgia Tech would play for The Belt again in 1974.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Georgia Tech Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Anthony Davis 24 71 0 2.96 Greg Horne 9 49 0 5.44
Rod McNeill 15 66 0 4.40 Richard Hill 8 43 0 5.38
Ken Gray 2 10 0 5.00 Cleo Johnson 7 18 0 2.57
Pat Haden 5 10 0 2.00 Bruce Southall 6 15 0 2.50
Lynn Swann 1 8 0 8.00 Jim Stevens 7 -3 0 -0.07
Ray Washmera 1 6 0 6.00 Jim Robinson 1 -5 0 -5.00
Manfred Moore 2 5 0 2.50          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Pat Haden 16 9 0 118 2 Jim Stevens 23 9 4 116 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Lynn Swann 3 44 1 14.67 Mark Fields 4 51 0 12.75
Manfred Moore 3 31 0 10.33 Bruce Southall 2 23 0 11.50
J.K. McKay 2 30 1 15.00 Jim Owings 1 14 0 14.00
Shelton Diggs 1 13 0 13.00 Jim Robinson 1 14 0 14.00
          Robert Stevenson 1 14 0 14.00

 

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