Washington State

Cougars

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 13, 1973

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

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Washington State 0                                
Southern Cal © 1 4 0 1 .900 1 0 1 .750 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Washington State 7 14 0 14 35
Southern Cal 14 3 7 22 46

Coach Jim Sweeney’s 1-3 Washington State Cougars came to Los Angeles to battle with the champion Southern Cal Trojans coached by John McKay.  The 4th ranked Trojans stood at 3-0-1 & were making their 5th Belt defense.  The Cougars had never beaten Southern Cal in conference play & this Washington State team’s defense had allowed at least 20 points to each opponent.  Southern Cal's QB Pat Haden threw 4 touchdown passes as the Trojans won the highest scoring Belt game to date with a 46-35 victory over Washington State.  The Cougars took the lead midway through the 1st quarter when RB Andrew Jones scored on a 1-yard touchdown run giving Washington State a surprising 7-0 lead.  Southern Cal responded with 2 touchdown passes from Haden.  All-Pac 8 TE Jim Obradovich caught a 31-yard touchdown pass & All-American WR Lynn Swann caught a 29-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans took a 14-7 lead into the 2nd quarter.  Washington State's QB Wally Bennett tied the game with a 2-yard touchdown run before Southern Cal's PK Chris Limahelu put the Trojans ahead 17-14 with a 19-yard field goal.  Jones’ 4-yard touchdown run late in the 2nd quarter gave the Cougars a 21-17 halftime lead.  Southern Cal's All-Pac 8 RB Anthony Davis accounted for the only points of the 3rd quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run as the Trojans took the lead, 24-21, midway through the quarter.  Early in the 4th quarter, Southern Cal pushed the lead to 31-21 as RB Allen Carter scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.  Haden’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Swann seemed to seal the win as the Trojans took a 38-21 lead but the fireworks were just starting.  Washington State's QB Chuck Peck scored on a 1-yard touchdown run giving the Cougars hope as the closed to within 10 points at 38-28 with 5:50 to play.  When the next Washington State series stalled, Cougars’ RB Ron Cheatham speared Swann as the Southern Cal WR tried to return a punt.  The hit started a brawl at midfield with both sides emptying their benches.  After order was restored, Haden hit WR Dean Ligenfelter for a 30-yard touchdown pass.  Agitated by the late hit, McKay had his team covert a 2-point play giving the Trojans a 46-28 lead.  Peck’s 7-yard touchdown pass to WR Fritz Brayton with just 0:13 to play finished the scoring.  Haden finished with 245 yards passing with his 4 touchdowns but 2 interceptions, Davis added 102 yards rushing to his score, & Swann had 10 catches for 148 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  For Washington State, Bennett completed just 1 of 9 passes for just 11 yards with 3 interceptions while Peck threw for 79 yards with a touchdown.  Southern Cal finished the season 9-2-1; Pac-8 Champions & ranked 8th nationally while the Cougars finished the season 5-6, closing with 4 straight wins.  Washington State would play for The Belt again in 1977.

Washington State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Ken Grandberry 15 64 0 Anthony Davis 21 102 1
Andrew Jones 15 63 2 Allen Carter 7 93 1
Ron Cheatham 5 40 0 Rod McNeill 5 43 0
Wally Bennett 11 29 1 Manfred Moore 1 2 0
Vern Chamberlain 5 26 0 Lynn Swann 1 1 0
Chuck Peck 9 25 1 Pat Haden 1 -4 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Chuck Peck 14 9 0 79 1 Pat Haden 24 15 2 245 4
Wally Bennett 9 1 3 11 0            
 

Receiving

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Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Greg Johnson 3 29 0 Lynn Swann 10 148 2
Rick Reigle 2 24 0 Shelton Diggs 1 33 0
Fritz Brayton 3 22 1 Jim Obradovich 1 31 1
Lloyd Minor 1 15 0 Dean Ligenfelter 1 30 1
Andrew Jones 1 0 0 Manfred Moore 1 6 0
        Anthony Davis 1 -3 0

 

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