Southern Cal

Trojans ©

UCLA

Bruins

Played November 18, 1978

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

Southern Cal © 4 16 3 1 .825 8 1 1 .850 6 2 0 .750 2 0 0 1.000
UCLA 3 13 3 2 .778 6 3 0 .667 6 0 2 .875 1 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

11/20/1976

Southern Cal

24
UCLA © 14
 
 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

3

14

0

0

17

UCLA

0

0

3

7

10

The 14th ranked, 8-2 UCLA Bruins coached by Terry Donahue prepared for the battle for the Victory Bell against their cross-town rival Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson who were 8-1 & ranked 5th nationally.  The Bruin defense featured All-American S Kenny Easley, All-American LB Jerry Robinson, & All-Pac 10 DT Manu Tuiasosopo but the offense was youthful featuring sophomore RB Freeman McNeil & TE Tim Wrightman as well as All-Pac 10 RB Theotis Brown.  Southern Cal used a stout defense which held UCLA to just 62 yards rushing while QB Paul McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes & All-American RB Charles White helped control the clock as the Trojans retained The Belt with a 17-10 victory.  Southern Cal opened with a 21-yard field goal by PK Frank Jordan.  Early in the 2nd quarter, McDonald hit WR Calvin Sweeney on a 36-yard touchdown pass giving Southern Cal a 10-0 lead.  On the ensuing kick-off, Brown, who was playing with a pinched nerve in his shoulder, appeared to fumble for a Southern Cal turnover but the play was ruled down allowing the Bruins to keep the ball.  The good fortune lasted only until the next play as Brown fumbled the handoff & Southern Cal's LB Garry Cobb recovered giving the Trojans the ball at the UCLA 17-yard line.  McDonald connected with All-Pac 10 WR Kevin Williams for a 10-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans took a 17-0 lead.  The Bruins drove to the Southern Cal 26-yard line before the half ended but Southern Cal's S Herb Ward intercepted UCLA's QB Rick Bashore to end the threat.  In the 3rd quarter the team traded punts before Tuiasosopo stripped Trojans' RB Lynn Cain of the ball & UCLA's LB Billy Don Jackson recovered at the Southern Cal 6-yard line.  It appeared that the Bruins had their first touchdown of the game when RB James Owens scored on a 2-yard touchdown run but UCLA was flagged for 12 men on the field & had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from All-Pac 10 PK Peter Boermeester making the score Southern Cal 17 UCLA 3.  In the 4th quarter, Bashore found WR Severn Reece for an 81-yard touchdown pass & with 5:10 left in the game, the Bruins trailed by just a touchdown at 17-10.  White carried the ball for most of the remaining time including a critical 3rd & 6 play with just over a minute to play when he gained 12 yards to becoming the Pac-10ís all-time leading rusher.  McDonald finished with 97 yards passing with 2 touchdowns while White rushed for 145 yards.  Bashore threw for 154 yards with a touchdown but an interception while Robinson recorded 21 tackles in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Bruins finished 8-3-1, ranked 14th nationally.  UCLA would play for The Belt again in 1979.

Southern Cal Game Stats UCLA Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 33 145 0 Freeman McNeil 12 53 0
Lynn Cain 18 70 0 James Owens 5 19 0
Dwight Ford 7 26 0 Theotis Brown 8 18 0
Marty King 1 -12 0 Marvin Morris 2 10 0
Paul McDonald 3 -16 0 Rick Bashore 11 -38 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 10 7 0 97 2 Rick Bashore 15 8 1 154 1
            Michael Brant 1 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Calvin Sweeney 3 55 1 Severn Reece 1 81 1
Lynn Cain 1 14 0 Tim Wrightman 2 26 0
Kevin Williams 1 10 1 Michael Brant 1 19 0
Vic Rakhshani 1 10 0 Kent Brisbin 1 19 0
Dwight Ford 1 5 0 James Owens 2 5 0
        Freeman McNeil 1 4 0

 

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