Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Played October 20, 1979

at Notre Dame Stadium

South Bend, Indiana

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Southern Cal © 4 25 3 2 .867 11 1 2 .857 11 2 0 .846 3 0 0 1.000
Notre Dame 1 8 3 0 .727 2 1 0 .667 5 2 0 .714 1 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

10/27/1973

Southern Cal ©

14 11/27/1976 Notre Dame 13 11/25/1978 Notre Dame 25
Notre Dame 23 Southern Cal © 17 Southern Cal © 27

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

7

14

21

42

Notre Dame

0

7

7

9

23

This annual match-up of intersectional powers featured the 4th ranked, 5-0-1 Southern Cal Trojans with coach John Robinson against the 9th ranked, 4-1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish of Dan Devine.  Southern Cal's Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White rushed for 4 touchdowns in the 2nd half & All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes as the Trojans continued their Belt reign with a 42-23 victory & claimed the Jeweled Shillelagh.  The teams combined for 1126 yards of total offense.  Neither team scored in the 1st quarter but Southern Cal took a 7-0 lead when McDonald hit WR Dan Garcia on a 12-yard touchdown pass.  Notre Dame tied the score at 7-7 when All-American RB Vagas Ferguson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.  It looked like the Fighting Irish might take a halftime lead when Ferguson broke loose for a 59-yard run to the Southern Cal 9-yard line but the Trojansí defense stopped Ferguson on a 4th & goal from the 1-yard line when a halfback option-pass fell incomplete.  White scored twice in the 3rd quarter on runs of 3 & 1 yard as Southern Cal pushed the lead to 21-7 before Ferguson got Notre Dame back within a touchdown scoring on a 21-yard run.  The 4th quarter saw McDonald hit WR Kevin Williams on a 12-yard touchdown pass giving Southern Cal a 28-14 advantage.  The Fighting Irish again closed to within 8 points when RB Jim Stone scored on a 2-yard touchdown run but the missed extra-point attempt left Notre Dame trailing 28-20.  The Trojans got 2 more touchdowns from White in the 4th quarter each coming on a 1-yard run for a 42-20 lead.  Notre Dame's PK Chuck Male finished the scoring with a 42-yard field goal late in the game.  McDonald finished with 311 yards passing with 2 touchdowns, White added 261 yards rushing to his 4 scores, & Garcia had 8 catches for 149 yards with his touchdown.  Notre Dame QB Rusty Lisch threw for 286 yards but 2 interceptions, Ferguson rushed for 185 yards with his 2 scores, & WR Tony Hunter had 5 catches for 131 yards.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Fighting Irish finished 7-4.  Notre Dame would play for The Belt again in 1986.

Southern Cal Game Stats Notre Dame Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 44 261 4 Vagas Ferguson 25 185 2
Marcus Allen 5 30 0 Rusty Lisch 8 22 0
        Jim Stone 1 2 1
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 32 21 0 311 2 Rusty Lisch 32 14 2 286 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Dan Garcia 8 149 1 Tony Hunter 5 131 0
Kevin Williams 3 99 1 Dean Masztak 3 68 0
Ray Butler 3 32 0 Ty Dickerson 2 37 0
Charles White 3 12 0        

 

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