Southern Cal

Trojans ©

California

Golden Bears

Played October 27, 1979

at Memorial Stadium

Berkeley, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

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PCT

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Southern Cal © 4 26 3 2 .871 11 1 2 .857 12 2 0 .857 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                

                       Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

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Southern Cal

7

0

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17

24

California

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7

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7

14

After a win over Notre Dame, the Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson moved to 3rd ranked nationally with a 6-0-1 record.  The California Golden Bears of coach Roger Theder brought a 4-3 record to the title match-up.  Southern Cal's PK Eric Hipp hit a 45-yard field goal with 2:46 left in the game to give the Trojans a lead & Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White scored 2 touchdowns including one as time expired in a hard-fought 24-14 Southern Cal victory to retain The Belt.  Southern Cal scored in the 1st quarter when All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald hit TE James Hunter on a 3-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead.  California tied the game at 7-7 in the 2nd quarter when Golden Bears’ CB Darnell Chapman returned a blocked field goal attempt 74 yards for a touchdown.  As the teams fought through the 3rd quarter it seemed the Trojans were heading for their second tie of the season (they had tied Stanford 2 weeks earlier).  Early in the 4th quarter, White scored on a 2-yard touchdown run as Southern Cal took a 14-7 lead but the Golden Bears rallied for a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Rich Campbell to WR Matt Bouza with just 5:24 left in the game.  Southern Cal drove from their own 20-yard line to the California 28-yard line before Hipp converted his field goal attempt.  White’s 5-yard touchdown as the clock expired accounted for the final margin & came after the Golden Bears had turned the ball over on downs at their own 24-yard line.  McDonald finished with 212 yards passing with a touchdown while White rushed for 198 yards with his 2 scores.  Campbell threw for 266 yards with a touchdown while Bouza had 7 catches for 101 yards with his score.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Golden Bears finished 7-5 which included a forfeit from Oregon for NCAA violations.  California would play for The Belt again in 1980.

Southern Cal Game Stats California Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 44 198 2 Paul Jones 13 36 0
Marcus Allen 8 65 0 John Tuggle 2 5 0
Kevin Williams 1 -1 0 Rich Campbell 8 -40 0
Paul McDonald 4 -8 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 35 15 0 212 1 Rich Campbell 40 24 0 266 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ray Butler 4 56 0 Matt Bouza 7 101 1
Hoby Brenner 2 41 0 Joe Rose 4 64 0
Kevin Williams 2 33 0 Mike Buggs 4 43 0
Charles White 3 33 0 John Tuggle 5 20 0
Marcus Allen 2 32 0 Greg Woodard 1 18 0
Dan Garcia 1 14 0 Paul Jones 2 15 0
James Hunter 1 3 1 David Palmer 1 5 0

 

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