Alabama

Crimson Tide

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 8, 1977

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

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

Alabama 0 0 1 0 .000                 0 1 0 .000
Southern Cal © 2 13 1 1 .900 6 0 1 .929 5 1 0 .833 2 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

0

0

7

14

21

Southern Cal

0

3

3

14

20

The top-ranked, 4-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson hosted Bear Bryantís 7th ranked, 3-1 Alabama Crimson Tide.  Alabama had lost at Nebraska earlier & this game would go a long way in determining how their season would play out.  Led by All-American TE Ozzie Newsome, QB Jeff Rutledge, & RB Tony Nathan the Crimson Tide's offense was ready to claim their first Belt reign but the young defense would have to mature quickly to make the dream a reality.  Nathan scored 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter but it was Alabama's LB Barry Krauss interception of a 2-point conversion pass which sealed the Crimson Tide's 21-20 win & The Belt had a new champion.  Southern Cal scored the only points of the 1st half when PK Frank Jordan hit a 32-yard field goal.  Alabama took the lead in the 3rd quarter when All-SEC RB Johnny Davis carried in from 2 yards giving the Crimson Tide a 7-3 advantage.  Jordanís 23-yard field goal came before Nathanís touchdowns runs of 1 & 13 yards as Alabama had a 21-6 lead early in the final quarter.  Nathan's second touchdown run was set-up by an interception of Southern Cal's QB Rob Hertel when Crimson Tide's DE Wayne Hamilton tipped a pass to DT Curtis McGriff giving Alabama the ball at the Trojans' 8-yard line.  Hertel connected with WR Calvin Sweeney on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 6:46 left to play.  The 2-point conversion pass to RB Mosi Tatupu got the Trojans within 7 points at 21-14.  After forcing an Alabama punt, Southern Cal went 79 yards with RB Lynn Cain scoring the touchdown on a 1-yard run with 0:39 left.  Instead of settling for the tie, Coach Robinson chose to try for the win with a 2-point conversion.  Hertel's desperation pass, after being pressured by Hamilton, was intercepted by Krauss to secure the victory for the Crimson Tide.  Rutledge threw for just 8 yards completing 2 of 4 pass attempts while Nathan rushed for 76 yards with his 2 scores.  Hertel threw for 239 yards with a touchdown but 2 interceptions & WR Randy Simmrin had 6 catches for 120 yards in the loss.  The Trojans dominated statistically but 10 penalties for 124 yards helped to stall several drives.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-4 while the Crimson Tide finished 11-1, SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally.  Southern Cal would play for The Belt again in 1978.

Alabama Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Tony Nathan 12 76 2 Charles White 15 63 0
Johnny Davis 18 61 1 Mosi Tatupu 9 40 0
Lou Ikner 7 32 0 Dwight Ford 13 22 0
Steadman Shealy 6 26 0 Lynn Cain 3 9 1
Major Ogilive 3 22 0 Rob Hertel 2 -14 0
Don Faust 2 9 0        
Tim Travis 1 8 0        
Jeff Rutledge 8 4 0        
Steven Whitman 1 3 0        
Mitch Ferguson 2 0 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Jeff Rutledge 4 2 0 8 0 Rob Hertel 30 18 2 239 1
Tony Nathan 1 0 0 0 0            
Steadman Shealy 1 0 0 0 0            
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Lou Ikner 1 5 0 Randy Simmrin 6 120 1
Tony Nathan 1 3 0 Calvin Sweeney 4 53 1
        Lynn Cain 2 16 0
        Mosi Tatupu 2 15 0
        William Gay 2 14 0
        Howard Studdard 1 12 0
        Michael Hayes 1 9 0
        Mosi Tatupu 2 15 0

 

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