Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Arizona State

Sun Devils

Played October 14, 1978

at Sun Devil Stadium

Tempe, Arizona

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Southern Cal © 3 15 2 1 .861 7 1 1 .833 6 1 0 .857 2 0 0 1.000
Arizona State 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                

                         Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

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Southern Cal

0

0

0

7

7

Arizona State

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14

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20

Arizona State’s first year as a member of the new Pac-10 was a memorable one.  Coach Frank Kush had his 4-1 Arizona State Sun Devils fired up to meet the 3rd ranked, 4-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson.  Arizona State's All-American DE Al Harris anchored the defense & QB Mark Malone guided the offense as the 13-point underdog Sun Devils surprised the Trojans & claimed their first Belt reign with a 20-7 victory.  Malone starred in the game as he rushed for a touchdown & threw for another.  Southern Cal’s QB Paul McDonald did not have as good a day as he fumbled 4 times & threw 2 interceptions.  Southern Cal had to play without starting C Chris Foote who was injury during practice & back-up C Brad Green was injured in the 1st quarter.  The Trojans played the rest of the game with C Dave Anderson, who never got in-sync with McDonald, & Ray Peters who had been playing primarily nose guard.  Late in the 1st quarter, Arizona State's DE Bob Kohrs recovered one of McDonald’s fumbles which led to a 40-yard field goal by PK Steve Hicks just 11 seconds into the 2nd quarter giving the Sun Devils the 3-0 lead they held through intermission.  In the 3rd quarter, Kohrs recovered another McDonald fumble at the Southern Cal 34-yard line & five plays later, Malone used a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown to give Arizona State a 10-0 lead.  Later in the quarter, Arizona State's All-Pac 10 CB Kim Anderson intercepted McDonald giving the Sun Devils the ball at the Southern Cal 46-yard line.  It took the Sun Devils just 4 plays to get into the end zone again as Malone threw a 16-yard touchdown pass the WR John Mistler for a 17-0 lead.  The 3rd quarter might have been a bigger rout after Malone broke off a 63-yard run early in the quarter but RB Newt Williams fumbled to end that threat.  Another McDonald fumble, this one recovered by Arizona State's LB Jeff McIntyre, set-up a 28-yard field goal by Hicks which pushed the lead to 20-0.  Southern Cal finally got on the board on a 31-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to All-Pac 10 WR Kevin Williams with just 0:23 left in the game.  Malone threw for 167 yards with a touchdown as well as an interception & rushed for 139 yards with a touchdown.  McDonald finished with 180 yards passing with a touchdown but 2 interceptions to go with his 4 fumbles in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Sun Devils finished 9-3.  Southern Cal would play for The Belt again in 3 weeks.

Southern Cal Game Stats Arizona State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 18 59 0 Mark Malone 19 139 1
Lynn Cain 11 39 0 Newt Williams 18 56 0
Dwight Ford 1 3 0 Alvin Moore 9 16 0
Paul McDonald 8 -9 0 Mike Pagel 1 1 0
        Arthur Lane 4 0 0
        Chris DeFrance 2 -1 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 35 13 2 180 1 Mark Malone 22 14 1 167 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Calvin Sweeney 4 53 0 Chris DeFrance 3 61 0
Dan Garcia 1 31 1 John Mistler 3 42 1
Charles White 2 26 0 Alvin Moore 2 23 0
Vic Rakhshani 3 26 0 Marshall Edwards 2 22 0
Kevin Williams 1 21 0 Newt Williams 3 19 0
James Hunter 1 15 0 Brian Felix 1 0 0
Lynn Cain 1 8 0        

 

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