Southern Cal

Trojans

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played November 20, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

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Neutral

Record

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PCT

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PCT

Southern Cal 1 6 1 1 .813 3 0 1 .875 2 1 0 .667 1 0 0 1.000
UCLA © 3 13 2 2 .824 6 2 0 .750 6 0 2 .875 1 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

7

3

14

24

UCLA

0

0

0

14

14

The 2nd ranked, 9-0-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue hosted the 3rd ranked, 8-1 Southern Cal Trojans of first year coach John Robinson.  The winner would claim the Pac 8 championship, the Rose Bowl berth & The Belt.  Southern Cal dominated the game behind the running of All-American RB Ricky Bell leading 24-0 in the 4th quarter before the Bruins rallied for 2 touchdowns but fell short 24-14.  Both defenses dominated the 1st half with the only points coming early in the 2nd quarter when Southern Cal’s All-American S Dennis Thurman grabbed a fumble in midair from UCLA’s All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown before returning the ball 47 yards for a touchdown giving the Trojans a 7-0 lead they held at the intermission.  Early in the 3rd quarter, Southern Cal pushed the lead to 10-0 with a 42-yard field goal from PK Glen Walker.  Starting late in the 3rd quarter, the Trojans drove 61 yards in 8 plays with the touchdown coming just 0:13 into the 4th quarter on a 1-yard run by Bell.  The key play on the drive was a pass interference penalty called against UCLA’s All-Pac 8 CB Levi Armstrong giving the Trojans the ball at the UCLA 1-yard line.  Bell scored on the next play.  Southern Cal’s All-Pac 8 LB Rod Martin intercepted UCLA's QB Jeff Dankworth & returned the ball 17 yards giving the Trojans the ball again at the UCLA 35-yard line.  Southern Cal's QB Vince Evans got the touchdown on a scrambling 36-yard run giving the Trojans an insurmountable 24-0 lead with 10:49 left in the game.  UCLA got a 9-yard touchdown run from Brown & a 1-yard touchdown run from Dankworth to close the scoring.  Evans finished with 79 yards passing with an interception while Bell rushed for 167 yards with his touchdown.  Dankworth threw for 90 yards with an interception in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Trojans finished 11-1, Pac 8 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally.  UCLA would play for The Belt again in 1978.

Southern Cal Game Stats UCLA Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Ricky Bell 36 167 1 Theotis Brown 16 63 1
Mosi Tatupu 10 44 0 Wendell Tyler 15 52 0
Vince Evans 14 34 1 Jeff Dankworth 15 25 1
Dave Farmer 3 18 0        
Charles White 1 -3 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Vince Evans 13 7 1 79 0 Jeff Dankworth 16 8 1 90 0
            Wally Henry 1 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Shelton Diggs 1 18 0 James Sarpy 2 39 0
Randy Simmrin 1 15 0 Wally Henry 3 33 0
Mike Robinson 1 13 0 Homer Butler 1 15 0
William Gay 2 13 0 Wendell Tyler 2 3 0
Ricky Bell 1 12 0        
Dave Farmer 1 8 0        

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