Washington

Huskies ©

Southern Cal

Trojans

Played November 11, 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

Washington © 1 2 1 0 .667 2 1 0 .667                
Southern Cal 3 15 3 1 .816 7 1 1 .833 6 2 0 .750 2 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington

3

0

7

0

10

Southern Cal

0

21

0

7

28

In their first road game as Belt holder, the 19th ranked, 6-3 Washington Huskies of coach Don James battled coach John Robinson’s 5th ranked, 7-1 Southern Cal Trojans.  Earlier in the season, Southern Cal had dropped The Belt to Arizona State.  In the 3 games since, the Trojans had outscored their opponents 93-31.  The Trojans were led QB Paul McDonald, All-American RB Charles White, & All-American OG Pat Howell.  In a constant rain which turned the Coliseum turf into a mud pit, McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes while the Trojans’ power running game helped Southern Cal re-claim The Belt with a 28-10 victory over the Huskies.  Things started slowly for the Trojans as they seemed to take their time in dealing with the mud & wet ball.  Washington's LB Bruce Harrell recovered a fumble from White late in the 1st quarter which set-up a 43-yard field goal by Huskies' PK Mike Lansford giving Washington a 3-0 lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Southern Cal's S Dennis Smith intercepted Huskies' QB Tom Porras & returned the pass 15 yards to the Washington 34-yard line.  McDonald’s 10-yard touchdown pass to White came four plays later & gave the Trojans a 7-3 advantage.  Midway through the quarter, Southern Cal drove 87 yards in 8 plays with McDonald connecting with All-Pac10 WR Kevin Williams on the 19-yard touchdown pass.  Southern Cal's LB Garry Cobb recovered a fumble by Porras at the Washington 30-yard line which set-up the next score for the Trojans.  Southern Cal's RB Dwight Ford finished the 4-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown run which gave the Trojans a 21-3 lead they held at halftime.  Early in the 3rd quarter, Porras threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to WR Spider Gaines but that big play was the exception for the Huskies offense on the rain-soaked field.  White finished the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run finishing a 64-yard drive coming just 55 seconds into the 4th quarter.  McDonald finished with 192 yards passing with 2 touchdowns while RB Lynn Cain helped control the clock with 128 yards rushing.  Porras threw for 176 yards with a touchdown as well as an interception while Gaines added 3 catches for 117 yards to his score.  With this win, Southern Cal started one of the longest title reigns in Belt history.  The Huskies finished the season 7-4 while the Trojans finished 12-1, Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally.  Washington would play for The Belt again in 1979.

Washington Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Spider Gaines 1 68 0 Lynn Cain 25 128 0
Joe Steele 15 58 0 Charles White 21 47 1
Toussaint Tyler 8 25 0 Dwight Ford 8 36 1
Kyle Stevens 3 3 0 Paul McDonald 6 -24 0
Tom Porras 10 -50 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Tom Porras 19 9 1 176 1 Paul McDonald 16 12 0 192 2
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Spider Gaines 3 117 1 Calvin Sweeney 1 43 0
Keith Richardson 5 55 0 Lynn Cain 4 43 0
Toussaint Tyler 1 4 0 Dwight Ford 2 35 0
        Hoby Brenner 2 25 0
        Kevin Williams 1 19 1
        James Hunter 1 17 0
        Charles White 1 10 1

 

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