UCLA

Bruins ©

Arizona State

Sun Devils

Played September 9, 1976

at Sun Devil Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

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T

PCT

W

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T

PCT

W

L

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PCT

W

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T

PCT

UCLA © 3 4 2 1 .643 2 2 0 .500 1 0 1 .750 1 0 0 1.000
Arizona State 0                                

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

0

14

14

0

28

Arizona State

3

0

0

7

10

 

For the first time in Belt history, a defending champion had a new coach in the midst of their reign.  Dick Vermeil left UCLA for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles after the 1976 Rose Bowl & Terry Donahue had the responsibility of leading the 17th ranked Bruins in defense of The Belt.  The 3rd ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, coached by Frank Kush, were still members of the WAC & riding a 17-game winning streak.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth & All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown each rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Bruins rushed for 486 yards in a 28-10 win over the Sun Devils to retain The Belt.  Arizona State scored the only points of the 1st quarter after Sun Devils DE Willie Scroggins recovered a fumble by Brown giving Arizona State the ball at the UCLA 39-yard line.  Six plays later, Arizona State PK Dan Kush kicked a 29-yard field goal giving the Sun Devils a 3-0 lead.  The Bruins scored just 40 seconds into the 2nd quarter as Dankworth finished a 9-play, 80-yard drive with a 32-yard touchdown run giving UCLA a 7-3 advantage.  Late in the quarter, UCLA put together another 80-yard scoring drive; this one covered 12 plays & was highlighted by a 35-yard run by Brown.  Dankworth finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with just 0:07 left in the half giving the Bruins a 14-3 halftime lead.  Midway though the 3rd quarter, Arizona State RB Fred Williams fumbled at the Bruins’ 21-yard line & UCLA All-Pac 8 CB Levi Armstrong recovered the ball.  The Bruins drove the 79 yards in 8 plays with Brown scoring the touchdown on a 2-yard run giving UCLA a 21-3 lead.  Late in the quarter, UCLA S Harold Hardin intercepted Arizona State QB Fred Mortensen at the Bruins 40-yard line.  Brown’s second touchdown came 5 plays later on a 26-yard run putting UCLA ahead 28-3 entering the final quarter.  Arizona State’s only touchdown came midway through the 4th quarter when QB Dennis Sproul connected with WR John Jefferson on a 15-yard touchdown pass.  Dankworth finished with just 23 yards passing completing 3 of 4 passes but he rushed for 155 yards with 2 touchdowns while Brown added 127 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  Sproul threw for 139 yards with a touchdown in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Sun Devils finished 4-7.  Arizona State would play again for The Belt in 1978.

 

 

 

Arizona

Wildcats

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played September 18, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

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T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

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PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Arizona 0                                
UCLA © 3 5 2 1 .688 2 2 0 .500 2 0 1 .833 1 0 0 1.000

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arizona

3

0

0

6

9

UCLA

0

7

27

3

37

 

Off their road win against Arizona State, the UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue jumped to 5th in the polls & tried to become Arizona state champions by defeating the Arizona Wildcats of coach Jim Young.  Arizona was 1-0 having defeated Auburn.  UCLA All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown scored 2 touchdowns as the Bruins broke the game open with 4 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter on their way to a 37-9 victory over the Wildcats.  Arizona got on the board quickly with All-WAC PK Lee Pistor kicking a 26-yard field goal less than a minute into the game giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.  The Bruins’ offense sputtered throughout the 1st half & the only points UCLA got came when All-Pac 8 CB Levi Armstrong returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown giving the Bruins a 7-3 lead they held at the intermission.  In the 3rd quarter, the UCLA offense clicked as they scored all 4 times they had the ball.  Brown scored on a 31-yard touchdown run just 1:35 into the quarter giving UCLA a 14-3 lead.  RB Wendell Tyler broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run; the missed extra-point attempt still gave the Bruins a 20-3 lead.  Brown’s second touchdown came on a 10-yard run with 3:52 left in the quarter & QB Steve Bukich connected with WR Homer Butler for a 34-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the 3rd quarter giving UCLA a 34-3 advantage.  Early in the 4th quarter, UCLA All-Pac 8 PK Frank Corral hit a 42-yard field goal before the Wildcats scored their only touchdown midway through the period on a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Lynn Dickerson.  Bukick finished with 71 yards passing with a touchdown while QB Jeff Dankworth threw for 84 yards with an interception for the Bruins.  Arizona QB Marc Lunsford completed just 5 of 13 pass attempts for 75 yards in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Wildcats finished 5-6 in Young’s final season.  Arizona would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

 

 

Air Force

Falcons

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played September 25, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

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PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Air Force 0 0 1 1 .250 0 0 1 .500 0 1 0 .000        
UCLA © 3 6 2 1 .722 2 2 0 .500 3 0 1 .875 1 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

9/27/1975

Air Force

20

UCLA ©

20
 
 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Air Force

7

0

0

0

7

UCLA

0

13

14

13

40

 

The 5th ranked, 2-0 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue sought revenge for a 20-20 tie in 1975 game as they met the 0-2 Air Force Falcons of coach Ben Martin.  This time, the Bruins were ready for Air Force & dominated the game as well as the scoreboard.  UCLA RB Wendell Tyler led a rushing attack that amassed 411 yards & the Bruins defense intercepted Air Force quarterbacks three times as UCLA dispatched the Falcons 40-7 to retain The Belt.  Air Force actually led when QB Robert Shaw connected with TE Scott Jensen on an 8-yard touchdown pass late in the 1st quarter but the rest of the game belonged to the Bruins.  Early in the 2nd quarter, UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth scored on a 1-yard touchdown run but the missed extra-point attempt left the Bruins trailing 7-6.  Midway through the quarter, UCLA took the lead for good when All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Bruins a 13-7 lead they held at halftime.  In the 3rd quarter, the Bruins got a 3-yard touchdown run from RB Jim Brown & a 6-yard touchdown run from Tyler giving UCLA a 27-7 advantage.  The 4th quarter saw two more UCLA touchdowns as QB Steve Bukich hit WR Severn Reece for a 33-yard touchdown pass & RB Kenny Lee scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring.  Dankworth finished with 51 yards passing as well as 80 yards rushing with a touchdown & Tyler rushed for 156 yards with his touchdown.  For the Falcons, Shaw threw for just 42 yards with a touchdown but 2 interceptions.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Falcons finished 4-7.  Air Force would play again for The Belt in 1995.

 

 

 

UCLA

Bruins ©

Ohio State

Buckeyes

Played October 2, 1976

at Ohio Stadium

  

 

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

UCLA © 3 7 2 1 .750 3 2 0 .600 3 0 1 .875 1 0 0 1.000
Ohio State 2 9 2 0 .818 5 0 0 1.000 4 0 0 1.000 0 2 0 .000

Previous Belt Meetings

10/4/1975

Ohio State

41

1/1/1976

Rose Bowl

Ohio State ©

10

UCLA ©

20

UCLA

23

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

0

0

3

7

10

Ohio State

0

7

0

3

10

 

For the 3rd time in 12 Belt games, the Ohio State Buckeyes of coach Woody Hayes & UCLA Bruins, this time coached by Terry Donahue, matched-up for the title.  They had split the previous meetings & the rubber match pitted the 4th ranked, 3-0 Bruins against the 8th ranked 2-1 Buckeyes in Columbus.  The Buckeyes had clearly been focusing on this game having fallen to Missouri 22-21 the previous week to drop from No. 2 in the nation.  The teams fought a defensive battle to a 10-10 tie with the Bruins retaining The Belt (“To Be The Man, You Have To Beat The Man”).  The teams traded punts throughout the 1st quarter before Ohio State CB Ray Griffin returned a punt from All-Pac 8 P Frank Corral 17 yards to the UCLA 46-yard line.  Seven plays later, Buckeye RB Pete Johnson scored on a 4-yard run giving Ohio State a 7-0 lead with 8:37 left in the half.  The Bruins finally got on the board in the 3rd quarter when Corral hit a 47-yard field goal.  Late in the quarter, UCLA used a fake punt with All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown gaining 25 yards to the Ohio State 49-yard line to keep a drive alive.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth finished the 14-play, 83-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak that gave the Bruins a 10-7 lead with 13:08 left in the game.  Ohio State All-Big Ten PK Tom Skladany hit a 25-yard field goal with 7:21 left in the game to tie the score at 10-10.  Neither time was able to move past the opponent’s 44-yard line in the final minutes & the game ended in the 10-10 tie.  Dankworth finished with 83 yards passing & Brown rushed for 102 yards for the Bruins.  Gerald threw for just 41 yards for the Buckeyes.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Buckeyes finished 9-2-1, ranked 6th nationally.  Ohio State would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

 

 

Stanford

Cardinal

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played October 9, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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

Stanford 0                                
UCLA © 3 7 2 2 .727 3 2 0 .600 3 0 2 .800 1 0 0 1.000

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Stanford

3

7

10

0

20

UCLA

3

7

0

28

38

 

The 5th ranked, 3-0-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue welcomed the 1-3 Stanford Cardinal of coach Jack Christiansen to Los Angeles.  UCLA's defense intercepted Stanford QB Guy Benjamin 5 times, including 2 that were returned for touchdowns, as the Bruins rallied for 28 points in the 4th quarter & claimed a 38-20 victory to retain The Belt.  The Cardinal dominated the first three quarters of the game as the defense shut down the UCLA running game & Benjamin connected on 2 touchdown passes to All-Pac 8 WR Tony Hill.  After stopping the initial UCLA drive, Stanford got a 47-yard field goal from PK Michael Michel.  The Bruins drove 54 yards on their next drive but had to settle for a 43-yard field goal from All-Pac 8 PK Frank Corral that tied the game at 3-3.  UCLA CB Harold Hardin intercepted Benjamin to set-up 37-yard touchdown drive with All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown scoring from 1 yard out giving the Bruins a 10-3 advantage.  Stanford responded with a 92-yard drive with Benjamin completing all 5 of his passes including the 57-yard touchdown strike to Hill that tied the game 10-10 as the teams went to halftime.  To open the 3rd quarter, Benjamin led an 80-yard drive throwing 20 yards to Hill for the 17-10 lead.  While the Bruins failed to get a first down in the quarter, Stanford added a 39-yard field goal from Michel giving the Cardinal a 20-10 lead entering the final quarter.  It could have been worse for the Bruins but an apparent 8-yard touchdown pass from Benjamin to WR Mark Hoaglin was nullified by a holding penalty against the Cardinal.  As Stanford started a drive early in the 4th quarter, a pass intended for TE David Strong deflected to UCLA LB Raymond Burks.  Burks took the interception 25 yards for a touchdown & the Bruins trailed just 20-17 with 13:51 to play.  UCLA DB Michael Coulter intercepted Benjamin to set-up a 22-yard touchdown run by QB Jeff Dankworth that gave the Bruins a 24-20 lead.  Brown's second touchdown came after LB Pete Pele recovered a Benjamin fumble & put the Bruins ahead 31-20.  The final score came when All-American LB Jerry Robinson intercepted Benjamin & returned it 78-yard for a touchdown.  Dankworth finished with 50 yards passing while Brown added 97 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  Benjamin threw for 378 yards completing 35 of 54 passes with 2 touchdowns but 5 interceptions while Hill caught 9 passes for 166 yards.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Cardinal finished 6-5 in Christiansen’s final season.  Stanford would play for The Belt again in 1979.

 

 

 

Washington State

Cougars

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played October 16, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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

Washington State 0 0 1 0 .000         0 1 0 .000        
UCLA © 3 8 2 2 .750 4 2 0 .667 3 0 2 .800 1 0 0 1.000

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington State

0

3

0

0

3

UCLA

28

7

14

13

62

 

Jackie Sherrill’s one season as Washington State Head Coach included this Belt game.  The Cougars came into the game 1-4 with the win coming over Idaho.  The UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue entered the game 4-0-1 ranked 4th nationally.  The Cougars’ All-Pac 8 QB Jack Thompson, “The Throwin’ Samoan” lead the offense but in his sophomore year he still needed to develop into the All-American.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth threw for 2 touchdowns as well as running for 2 touchdowns as Washington State was no match for the Bruins who won 62-3 in what was the largest blowout to date in Belt history.  UCLA put the game out of reach in the 1st quarter scoring 4 touchdowns in less than 5 minutes.  Dankworth scored on a 4-yard touchdown run giving UCLA a 7-0 lead.  Following an interception thrown by Thompson, Dankworth threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Wally Henry.  Less than a minute later, UCLA All-American LB Jerry Robinson intercepted a Thompson pass & returned it 72 yards for another Bruin touchdown.  UCLA finished the 1st quarter scoring eruption with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dankworth to WR Don Pederson giving the Bruins a 28-0 lead with 3:42 still left in the 1st quarter.  Midway through the 2nd quarter, Dankworth scored his second rushing touchdown on a 6-yard run before Washington State got their only points of the day on a 38-yard field goal from PK Chuck Diedrick but the Cougars still trailed 35-3 at the intermission.  The 3rd quarter started much the same way as the rest of the game had gone as UCLA RB Wendell Tyler scored 2 touchdowns in 0:15.  The first came on a 6-yard touchdown run while the second came after another of Thompson’s fourth interception with Tyler scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run.  UCLA QB Steve Bukich scored on a 9-yard touchdown run on the first play of the 4th quarter & late in the quarter, QB Rick Bashore hit WR Homer Butler on a 16-yard touchdown pass to finish the rout.  Dankworth finished with 77 yards passing with 2 touchdowns as well as his 2 rushing scores while Tyler added 106 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  Thompson threw for 128 yards with 4 interceptions as the UCLA defense held the Cougars to 23 yards rushing & forced 7 turnovers in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Cougars finished 3-8.  Washington State would play for The Belt again in 1977.

 

 

 

UCLA

Bruins ©

California

Golden Bears

Played October 23, 1976

at Memorial Stadium

  

 

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

UCLA © 3 9 2 2 .769 5 2 0 .714 3 0 2 .800 1 0 0 1.000
California 0                                

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

14

0

7

14

35

California

0

13

0

6

19

 

At 3-3, the California Golden Bears of coach Mike White prepared to host the 4th ranked, 5-0-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue.  All-Pac 8 OT Ted Albrecht & All-Pac 8 C Duane Williams anchored the line but the Bears played without QB Joe Roth & WR Wesley Walker both out due to injury.  This California team had been Pac-8 Co-Champs in 1975 but graduation had hit the Golden Bears hard but the Bruins were not sympathetic.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth rushed for 107 yards with a touchdown & threw for another score as the Bruins overcame 6 turnovers to retain The Belt in a 35-19 victory over California.  The Bruins opened the scoring with a Dankworth getting the touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.  They pushed the lead to 14-0 when Dankworth threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to WR Wally Henry & it looked like the rout might be on.  In the 2nd quarter, the Bruins appeared to be driving for another score when RB Wendell Tyler fumbled & California S Anthony Green recovered for the Golden Bears at the California 40-yard line.  The Golden Bears 60-yard drive for the touchdown was highlighted by a 33-yard run from RB Tom Newton before QB Fred Besana, filling in for the injured Roth, scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak making the score UCLA 14 California 7.  Things got more nerve-racking for the Bruins when Dankworth left the game with back spasms & back-up QB Steve Bukich fumbled twice resulting in two 41-yard field goals from California’s All-Pac 8 PK Jim Breech leaving the Golden Bears trailing by just a point at 14-13 as the teams went to their locker rooms for halftime.  Dankworth returned after intermission to lead a 70-yard scoring drive that knocked the Golden Bears off-balance again.  On successive plays, Dankworth threw a 17-yard pass to Henry & ran 28 yards to set-up All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown for a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bruins a 21-13 advantage.  California resorted to some trickery as the tried to stay close when RB John Dixon took the snap on a fake punt & ran 19 yards for the first down but when he tried to pitch to P Steve Maehl for some more yards, UCLA LB Lou Mascola recovered for the Bruins.  Tyler finished the scoring for the Bruins with 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter.  The first came on a 33-yard run while the other came on a 13-yard run.  California’s final score came when Besana threw a touchdown pass to WR Jesse Thompson with just 0:32 left in the game.  Dankworth threw for 83 yards with a touchdown to go with his 107 yards rushing with a score while Tyler added 131 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  Besana finished with 175 yards passing with a touchdown but an interception while filling in for Roth.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Golden Bears finished 5-6.  California would play for The Belt again in 1979.

 

 

 

UCLA

Bruins ©

Washington

Huskies

Played October 30, 1976

at Husky Stadium

  

 

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

UCLA © 3 10 2 2 .786 5 2 0 .714 4 0 2 .833 1 0 0 1.000
Washington 0                                

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

7

7

10

6

30

Washington

0

13

0

8

21

 

The 3rd ranked, 6-0-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue traveled to Seattle to battle Don James’ 4-3 Washington Huskies.  QB Warren Moon lead the Washington offense in the Huskies first ever Belt game.  UCLA’s All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown rushed for a school-record 220 yards & scored 3 touchdowns as the Bruins defeated the Huskies for the first time in Seattle since 1958 to retain The Belt with a 30-21 victory.  The Bruins opened with a punishing 72-yard drive with Brown scoring the touchdown on a 29-yard run.  Washington responded with a 31-yard field goal from PK Steve Robbins that cut the UCLA lead to 7-3 before the Bruins came back with a 9-play, 80-yard drive with Brown carrying in from 15 yards giving UCLA a 14-3 2nd quarter lead.  Just as it seemed the Bruins had taken control of the game, Washington RB Joe Steele took the ensuing kick-off & returned it 89 yards for a touchdown.  Robbins’ 31-yard field goal kept the Huskies in the game as the trailed just 14-13 at the half.  Defense for both teams dominated the 3rd quarter with the only points coming on a 25-yard field goal from UCLA All-Pac 8 PK Frank Corral.  The most critical outcome of the 3rd quarter may have been Washington’s loss of All-Pac 8 NG Charles Jackson who had been stuffing UCLA’s inside running attack.  UCLA RB James Owens’ 34-yard touchdown run early in the 4th quarter again seemed to leave the Bruins in total control with a 24-13 lead but Moon had still had hopes of leading a comeback.  Washington traveled 80 yards for their touchdown with Moon throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to TE Scott Greenwood that got the Huskies within 5 points at 24-19 & when Moon connected with RB Ronnie Rowland on the 2-point conversion, the Huskies were within a field goal at 24-21.  Brown’s third touchdown came in the 4th quarter through a hole that might have been occupied by Washington’s injured nose guard.  Midway through the 4th quarter, Brown broke through the line & ran 51 yards untouched for the clinching score.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth threw for just 69 yards but Brown’s school-rushing record & Owens’ 123 yards rushing with his score helped the Bruins amassed 451 yards rushing for the game.  Moon threw for 132 yards with a touchdown in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Huskies finished 5-6.  Washington would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

 

 

Oregon

Ducks

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played November 6, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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

Oregon 0 0 1 0 .000         0 1 0 .000        
UCLA © 3 11 2 2 .800 5 2 0 .714 5 0 2 .857 1 0 0 1.000

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Oregon

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA

14

13

14

5

46

 

Coach Don Read’s Oregon Ducks had a Belt game in his final season as coach.  Oregon came into the game with a 3-5 record & on a 4-game losing streak against the 3rd ranked UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue who stood 7-0-1.  UCLA rushed for 441 yards while holding the Ducks to –2 yards rushing & All-Pac 8 PK Frank Corral kicked 3 field goals including a school-record 55-yarder as the Bruins routed the Ducks 46-0 to retain The Belt.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run before RB Wendell Tyler scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.  Tyler’s touchdown was set-up after All-Pac 8 DT Manu Tuiasosopo recovered the fumble of Oregon QB Jack Henderson at the Oregon 20-yard line.  In the 2nd quarter, Tyler scored his second touchdown of the game, this one finished a 12-play, 78-yard drive & came on a 2-yard run as the Bruins pushed the lead to 21-0.  UCLA S Tom Murphy recovered a Henderson fumble that led to Corral’s 55-yard kick.  Corral’s 37-yard field goal closed the 1st half score with UCLA leading 27-0.  Bruins’ RB Jim Brown took over in the 3rd quarter & scored on a 1-yard run & on a 69-yard run that made the score UCLA 41 Oregon 0.  Corral’s 49-yard field goal came just 0:47 into the final quarter & the Bruins recorded a safety when Oregon C Fred Lackaff had to fall on a fumble in the Oregon end zone.  Duckworth finished with just 21 yards passing while Brown rushed for 100 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  Henderson threw for 90 yards in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Ducks finished 4-7.  Oregon would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

 

 

UCLA

Bruins ©

Oregon State

Beavers

Played November 13, 1976

at Parker Stadium

  

 

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

UCLA © 3 12 2 2 .813 6 2 0 .750 5 0 2 .857 1 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                

 

                         Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

7

21

3

14

45

Oregon State

7

7

0

0

14

 

2nd ranked with a record of 8-0-1, the UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue looked for a final tune-up before their battle with cross-town rival Southern Cal.  The Oregon State Beavers of coach Craig Fertig appeared undermanned with a 1-8 record.  UCLA RB James Owens, filling in for the injured RB Wendell Tyler, rushed for 2 touchdowns & Bruins’ the defense forced 9 turnovers as the Bruins rolled to a 45-14 victory over the Beavers.  Tyler did play early breaking a 68-yard touchdown run that gave UCLA a 7-0 lead just 1:12 into the game but two series later, he fumbled before removing himself from the game clutching his left shoulder.  The Beavers took advantage of the turnover over when QB Dave White threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to WR Lee Overton that tied the game at 7-7.  Early in the 2nd quarter, UCLA LB Frankie Stephens intercepted White at the Oregon State 26-yard line.  Owens scored on the next play giving the Bruins a 14-7 lead.  All-American LB Jerry Robinson recovered a fumble by Overton giving the Bruins the ball at the Oregon State 39-yard line &, six plays later, Owens was in the end zone again after a 16-yard run that put UCLA ahead 21-7.  Another White interception, this one by S Tom Murphy, gave the Bruins the ball at the Oregon State 35-yard line.  UCLA QB Jeff Dankworth scrambled for 9 yards before throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to WR Wally Henry pushing the Bruins lead to 28-7.  Oregon State followed with a 12-play, 80-yard drive with White throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to TE Tom Chamberlain but the Beavers still trailed 28-14 at the half.  The only points of the 3rd quarter came after Robinson recovered a fumble from White before All-Pac 8 PK Frank Corral kicked a 23-yard field goal.  In the 4th quarter, UCLA added scores on a 6-yard touchdown run from Dankworth & a 2-yard touchdown run from QB Steve Bukich to close the scoring.  Dankworth finished with 88 yards passing with a touchdown while Owens rushed for 104 yards.  White threw for 191 yards with 2 touchdowns but 5 interceptions in the loss.  UCLA finished the season 9-2-1; ranked 15th nationally while the Beavers finished 2-10.  Oregon State would play for The Belt again in 1977.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans

UCLA

Bruins ©

Played November 20, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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 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 QB Jeff Dankworth & returned the ball 17 yards giving the Trojans the ball again at the UCLA 35-yard line.  Southern Cal 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.

 

 

 

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played November 27, 1976

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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

Notre Dame 1 8 1 0 .889 2 1 0 .667 5 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal © 2 7 1 1 .833 3 0 1 .875 3 1 0 .750 1 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

10/27/1973

Southern Cal ©

14

Notre Dame

23
 
 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Notre Dame

0

0

0

13

13

Southern Cal

0

7

7

3

17

 

The 3rd ranked, 9-1 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson awaited the annual battle with the 13th ranked, 8-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish coached by Dan Devine.  Southern Cal QB Vince Evans & QB Rob Hertel each threw a touchdown pass while the Trojans’ defense forced 5 Notre Dame turnovers as the Trojans retained The Belt with a 17-13 victory that also gave them the Jeweled Shillelagh.  The Trojans took the lead late in the 2nd quarter when Hertel connected with WR Shelton Diggs on a 6-yard touchdown pass finishing a 68-yard drive.  On the fourth play of the 2nd half, Evans found WR Randy Simmrin open for a 63-yard touchdown pass giving Southern Cal a 14-0 lead.  The Notre Dame offense continued to sputter as QB Rusty Lisch threw 3 interceptions & the Fighting Irish fumbled 6 times losing 2 of those.  Early in the 4th quarter, Lisch hit RB Vagas Ferguson on a 17-yard touchdown pass to finish a 68-yard drive as Notre Dame closed to within 7 points at 14-7.  Southern Cal PK Glen Walker’s 46-yard field goal pushed the lead to 17-7.  The final points came on a 1-yard touchdown run by Lisch after a 76-yard drive got the Fighting Irish close but with just 0:04 left in the game, the Trojans recovered the on-side kick attempt.  Southern Cal All-American RB Ricky Bell was held to 75 yards rushing while Simmrin had 6 catches for 121 yards with his touchdown.  Lisch finished with 152 yards passing with a touchdown while RB Al Hunter had 115 yards rushing in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-1; Pac 8 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Fighting Irish finished 9-3, ranked 12th nationally.  Notre Dame would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Michigan

Wolverines

The Rose Bowl

Played January 1, 1977

at the Rose Bowl

  

 

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 © 2 8 1 1 .850 4 0 1 .900 3 1 0 .750 1 0 0 1.000
Michigan 1 9 2 0 .818 5 1 0 .833 4 1 0 .800        

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

7

0

7

14

Michigan

0

6

0

0

6

 

Coach Bo Schembechler’s 3rd ranked Michigan Wolverines came to Pasadena 10-1 with their only loss at Purdue.  They had defeated Ohio State 22-0 in their annual showdown to claim the trip.  Coming off the Victory Bell game with UCLA, the 2nd ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson stood 9-1.  The Trojans used a hard-nosed defense & timely offense to claim a 14-6 win.  Both defenses controlled the early part of the game & the Wolverines knocked the Trojans’ All-American RB Ricky Bell out of the game with a head injury.   Michigan got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run from All-American RB Rob Lytle but the conversion kick was blocked & Michigan had a 6-0 lead.  The Trojans responded with an 80-yard drive capped by QB Vince Evans’ touchdown run on 4th & 1 with just 1:28 left in the half.  Michigan managed just 4 first downs in the 2nd half but still only trailed 7-6.  Southern Cal RB Charles White gave the Trojans a cushion when he scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 3:00 left to play.  The Wolverines’ final drive ended when they ran out of downs & time at the Southern Cal 17-yard line.  For the Trojans, White finished with 114 yards rushing with his touchdown & Evans added 181 yards passing with his rushing touchdown.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-1; Pac 8 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Wolverines finished 10-2, Big Ten Co-Champs & ranked 3rd nationally.  Michigan would play for The Belt again in 1979.

 

 

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