Washington State

Cougars

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 30, 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

Washington State 0 0 2 0 .000         0 2 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 2 12 1 1 .893 5 0 1 .900 5 1 0 .833 2 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

10/13/1973

Washington State

35
Southern Cal © 46

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington State

0

0

0

7

7

Southern Cal

7

17

17

0

41

The 2nd ranked, 3-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson prepared to meet the 2-1 Washington State Cougars of coach Warren Powers who had claimed road wins over Nebraska & Michigan State.  Southern Cal’s All-Pac 8 RB Charles White & RB Dwight Ford each rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Trojans jumped to a 24-0 lead on their way to a 41-7 rout of the Cougars.  Late in the 1st quarter, Southern Cal put together an 11-play, 74-yard drive with Ford carrying the final 14 yards for the touchdown.  In the 2nd quarter, the Trojans went 68 yards in 14 plays highlighted by a 23-yard pass from QB Rob Hertel to WR Randy Simmrin as Southern Cal faced a 3rd & 10 from the Washington State 30-yard line.  White finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run giving the Trojans a 14-0 lead.  On the ensuing kick-off, Southern Cal's LB Steve O’Gray recovered a fumble from Washington State's WR Tyrone Gray giving the Trojans the ball again at the Washington State 21-yard line.  The Trojans were unable to get into the end zone but PK Frank Jordan kicked a 24-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.  Late in the quarter, Ford broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run for a 24-0 Southern Cal lead.  The 3rd quarter was more of the same for the Trojans as RB Lynn Cain returned a punt to the Washington State 48-yard line & on the next play, Hertel connected with Simmrin for the 48-yard touchdown pass.  Jordan’s 21-yard field goal came after a 16-play drive which took up most of the quarter & shortly after, Southern Cal's LB Ed Gutierrez recovered a fumble from Washington State's RB Ray Williams at the Washington State 49-yard line.  Seven plays later, White scored his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run giving the Trojans a 41-0 lead entering the 4th quarter.  The Cougars averted the shutout when QB Jack Thompson, “The Throwin’ Samoan”, threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to WR Brian Kelly with just 3:59 left in the game.  Hertel finished with 182 yards passing with a touchdown, Ford added 118 yards rushing to his 2 touchdowns, & White rushed for 128 yards with his 2 scores while the Trojans' defense forced 5 turnovers.  Thompson threw for 136 yards with a touchdown & 2 interceptions in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-4 while the Cougars finished 7-4.  Washington State would play for The Belt again in 1979.

Washington State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Harold Gillum 7 45 0 Charles White 27 128 2
Ray Williams 3 26 0 Dwight Ford 13 118 2
Tali Ena 8 22 0 Rod Connors 11 35 0
Paul Palumbo 4 14 0 Tony Olivarria 1 4 0
Dan Doornick 4 12 0 Mosi Tatupu 1 3 0
Steve Grant 1 6 0 Lynn Cain 2 3 0
Mike Washington 2 6 0 Kevin Williams 1 1 0
Mike Levenseller 1 5 0 Rob Hertel 4 -10 0
Jack Thompson 3 -3 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Jack Thompson 21 10 2 136 1 Rob Hertel 18 11 0 182 1
Steve Grant 5 3 0 75 0 Paul McDonald 2 2 0 30 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ray Williams 2 61 0 Randy Simmrin 3 91 1
Bevan Maxey 3 50 0 Michael Hayes 2 30 0
Brian Kelly 2 39 1 William Gay 2 29 0
Paul Palumbo 2 22 0 Kevin Williams 1 19 0
Eason Ramson 1 17 0 Dwight Ford 2 17 0
Gus Hobus 1 14 0 Lynn Cain 1 9 0
Mike Levenseller 1 14 0 Mosi Tatupu 1 8 0
Tali Ena 1 -6 0        

 

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