College Football Belt - 1977 Southern Cal at Oregon State
 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Oregon State

Beavers

Played September 17, 1977

at Parker Stadium

Corvallis, Oregon

  

 

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 10 1 1 .875 4 0 1 .900 4 1 0 .800 2 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 2 0 .000 0 2 0 .000                

Previous Belt Meetings

10/6/1973

Southern Cal ©

21
Oregon State 7

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

0

3

7

17

Oregon State

0

0

7

3

10

 

The 2nd ranked, 1-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson opened the Pac-8 season with a game against the 1-0 Oregon State Beavers of coach Craig Fertig.  Oregon State rallied from a 10-0 deficit to tie the game at 10-10 before Southern Cal's QB Rob Hertel connected with WR Randy Simmrin on a long touchdown pass as the Trojans overcame 6 turnovers to retain The Belt with a 17-10 victory over the Beavers.  Southern Cal had several potential scoring drives in the 1st half but were unable to cash in because of penalties or missed field goal attempts.  Their one successful drive came after Trojans' S Willie Crawford intercepted Oregon State's QB John Norman at the Oregon State 44-yard line.  The Trojans drove for the touchdown with RB Lynn Cain scoring on the 1-yard run giving Southern Cal a 7-0 lead they held through halftime.  Oregon State got no further than the Southern Cal 48-yard line in the 1st half as the Trojans dominated statistically.  Early in the 3rd quarter, Southern Cal's PK Art Sorce kicked a 31-yard field goal giving the Trojans a 10-0 lead.  Sorce had missed kicks of 26 & 33 yards in the 1st half which kept the Beavers within striking distance.  The Beaversí touchdown came on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Norman to TE Terry Beck & got Oregon State within 3 points at 10-7 late in the 3rd quarter.  Southern Cal was driving after the kick-off only to have Cain fumble to the Beavers at the Oregon State 35-yard line.  The Trojans' defense forced a punt but then All-Pac 8 RB Charles White lost control of a handoff & Oregon State's S Tom Stevens recovered for the Beavers at the Southern Cal 10-yard line.  Sensing an upset, many in the Corvallis crowd came out of the stands & circled the field.  Southern Calís defense stiffened & kept the Beavers out of the end zone but PK Kieron Walford tied the game at 10-10 early the final quarter.  On the next drive, Hertel used a brilliant play-fake to Cain which caught both the safety & cornerback for Oregon State cheating to help stop the run as Simmrin ran by.  Hertel hit him in stride for a 50-yard touchdown pass giving the Trojans the 17-10 lead they would not relinquish.  The Beavers drove to the Southern Cal 37-yard line with just over 5 minutes to play but a 4th down pass fell incomplete to end the threat.  Hertel threw for 140 yards with a touchdown but 2 interceptions while White rushed for 188 yards as Southern Cal outgained Oregon State 415-195.  Norman threw for 142 yards with a touchdown & 2 interceptions in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-4 while the Beavers finished 3-8.  Oregon State would play for The Belt again in 1979.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Oregon State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Charles White 38 188 0 4.95 James Fields 14 51 0 3.64
Mosi Tatupu 10 95 0 9.50 Rich Kahoonei 3 8 0 2.67
Lynn Cain 6 17 1 2.83 Bryon Kellar 2 7 0 3.50
Rob Hertel 7 -25 0 -3.57 John Norman 17 -13 0 -0.76
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Rob Hertel 19 9 2 140 1 John Norman 39 16 2 142 1
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Randy Simmrin 4 91 1 22.75 Karl Halberg 7 86 0 12.29
Calvin Sweeney 4 40 0 10.00 Terry Beck 2 26 1 13.00
Mosi Tatupu 1 9 0 9.00 Dwayne Hall 2 24 0 12.00
          Rich Kahoonei 2 3 0 1.50
          James Fields 3 3 0 1.00

 

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