Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Louisiana State

Tigers

Played September 29, 1979

at Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Belt

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Record

Home

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Neutral

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PCT

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PCT

Southern Cal © 4 23 3 1 .870 10 1 1 .875 10 2 0 .833 3 0 0 1.000
Louisiana State 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                

                       Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

3

0

0

14

17

Louisiana State

0

9

3

0

12

The top-ranked, 3-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson traveled to Baton Rouge to take on the 20th ranked, 2-0 Louisiana State Tigers of Charlie McClendon.  Southern Calís Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White rushed for 185 yards with a touchdown & All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald found WR Kevin Williams with 0:32 left in the game as the Trojans retained The Belt with a 17-12 victory.  After exchanging interceptions, Southern Cal got a 32-yard field goal from PK Eric Hipp for a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Tigers took the lead when QB Steve Ensminger found RB LeRoid Jones on a 13-yard touchdown pass.  Late in the quarter, Louisiana State's PK Don Barthel connected on a 32-yard field goal giving the Tigers a 9-3 halftime lead.  After Hipp missed a field goal on Southern Calís first drive of the 3rd quarter, Barthel hit on a 28-yard field goal as Louisiana State pushed the lead to 12-3.  Early in the 4th quarter, the Trojans drove 57 yards in 6 plays with White scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run but still trailed 12-10.  With 4:16 to play, Southern Cal took possession at their own 21-yard line & methodically moved down the field.  Louisiana State still led 12-10 but with 0:32 to play, McDonald hit Williams with an 8-yard touchdown pass for the 17-12 win.  McDonald finished with 145 yards passing with a touchdown.  Ensminger threw for 91 yards with a touchdown in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Tigers finished 7-5 in McClendonís final season.  Louisiana State would play for The Belt again in 1983.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Louisiana State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 31 185 1 LeRoid Jones 9 67 0
Marcus Allen 9 48 0 David Woodley 12 41 0
Michael Hayes 2 9 0 Jude Hernandez 5 40 0
Paul McDonald 4 9 0 Danny Soileau 3 16 0
        Hokie Gajan 10 16 0
        Jesse Myles 2 -2 0
        Tracy Porter 1 -9 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 20 14 1 145 1 Steve Ensminger 13 5 0 91 1
            David Woodley 10 1 1 12 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Hoby Brenner 4 46 0 Tracy Porter 2 35 0
Ray Butler 2 32 0 Robert DeLee 1 28 0
Kevin Williams 2 26 1 Carlos Carson 2 27 0
Dan Garcia 1 15 0 LeRoid Jones 1 13 1
Vic Rakhshani 1 14 0        
Charles White 2 2 0        

 

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