Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Played October 27, 1973

at Notre Dame Stadium

South Bend, Indiana

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

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Away

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Neutral

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PCT

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PCT

Southern Cal © 1 6 0 1 .929 3 0 1 .875 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000
Notre Dame 0                                

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

0

7

0

14

Notre Dame

3

10

10

0

23

Coach John McKay’s 6th ranked, 5-0-1 Southern Cal Trojans came to South Bend with a 23-game unbeaten streak for the annual battle with Notre Dame.  Coach Ara Parseghian had the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 5-0 & ranked 8th in the nation but they had not defeated Southern Cal since 1966.  Notre Dame’s top-ranked defense had only allowed 2 touchdowns through the first 5 games & they held Southern Cal's All-Pac 8 RB Anthony Davis to 50 yards rushing while the Notre Dame offense capitalized on 316 yards rushing including an 85-yard touchdown run by RB Eric Penick to gain a 23-14 victory claiming their first Belt reign.  Fighting Irish' PK Bob Thomas hit a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 Notre Dame lead after CB Tim Rudnick partially blocked a Southern Cal punt.  The Trojans got a 1-yard touchdown run from Davis for their only lead of the game at 7-3.  In the 2nd quarter, Thomas hit a 32-yard field goal & QB Tom Clements scored on a 4th down, 1-yard touchdown run with 0:30 left in the quarter for a 13-7 halftime lead.  Penick’s run came on Notre Dame's first offensive play of the 3rd quarter as the Fighting Irish pushed the lead to 20-7.  Southern Cal's QB Pat Haden found All-American WR Lynn Swann for a 27-yard touchdown pass.  Swann's catch came despite excellent defense by the Notre Dame defender & when he touched his toes in the end zone before going out-of-bounds, the Trojans had moved to within 6 points at 20-14.  Thomas hit his third field goal, this one from 32 yards, for a 23-14 Fighting Irish advantage.  Neither team was able to score in the 4th quarter & the final Southern Cal effort ended when Notre Dame's CB Luther Bradley intercepted Haden for the second time in the game at the Notre Dame 29-yard line with 2:36 to play.  The Fighting Irish held the ball for 39:36 of the game while Southern Cal managed to convert only 1 of 8 third downs.  Clements threw for 89 yards while rushing for 50 yards with a touchdown & Penick rushed for 118 yards with his touchdown while the Fighting Irish held the ball for 39:36 of the game.  Haden threw for 175 yards with a touchdown but 2 interceptions in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 9-2-1; Pac-8 Champions & ranked 8th nationally while Notre Dame finished the season 11-0 & claimed the National Championship.  Southern Cal would play again for The Belt in 1977.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Notre Dame Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Anthony Davis 18 50 1 Eric Penick 13 118 1
Allen Carter 3 6 0 Tom Clements 12 50 1
Pat Haden 4 4 0 Art Best 10 45 0
Manfred Moore 1 3 0 Wayne Bullock 13 38 0
        Tom Parise 7 29 0
        Russ Kornman 5 18 0
        Gary Diminick 4 10 0
        Al Samuel 1 4 0
        Al Hunter 3 4 0
        Ron Goodman 2 1 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Pat Haden 19 11 2 175 1 Tom Clements 15 7 0 89 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Lynn Swann 5 85 1 Pete Demmerle 4 52 0
Jim Obradovich 2 35 0 Dave Casper 3 37 0
J.K. McKay 1 23 0        
Rod McNeill 1 22 0        
Manfred Moore 2 10 0        

 

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