Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Texas Tech

Red Raiders

Played September 8, 1979

at Jones Stadium

Lubbock, Texas

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Southern Cal © 4 20 3 1 .854 9 1 1 .864 8 2 0 .800 3 0 0 1.000
Texas Tech 0                                

                        Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

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Southern Cal

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7

7

7

21

Texas Tech

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7

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7

The 1979 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson began the season top-ranked & star-studded.  Headed by Heisman Trophy winning All-American RB Charles White, All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald, & All-American OG Brad Budde, the Trojans were a juggernaut.  Texas Tech coach Rex Dockery had the first chance to slow the Trojans’ march.  They were unsuccessful in spite of White’s 2nd quarter injury which limited him to just 10 carries for 39 yards as McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes in a 21-7 Trojan victory.  Southern Cal claimed the win in spite of losing White, C Chris Foote, OT Anthony Munoz, & All-Pac 10 S Ronnie Lott to injuries during the game.  Neither team was able to score in the 1st quarter but Southern Cal's RB Marcus Allen scored on a 1-yard touchdown run which finished a 7-play, 51-yard drive in the 2nd quarter as the Trojans took a 7-0 lead they held to halftime.  In the 3rd quarter, McDonald connected with WR Dan Garcia for a 19-yard touchdown pass as Southern Cal drove 80 yards in 6 plays extending the lead to 14-0.  The Red Raiders responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by QB Ron Reeves after a 10-play 80-yard drive to keep Texas Tech within a touchdown at 14-7.  The Trojans closed out the scoring with another long drive, this one 81 yards in 14 plays with McDonald hitting TE Vic Rakhshani for a 1-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter.  McDonald finished with 133 yards passing with 2 touchdowns while Allen rushed for 105 yards with his touchdown.  Reeves threw for 80 yards but 3 interceptions while All-SWC RB James Hadnot rushed for 94 yards in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Red Raiders finished 3-6-2.  Texas Tech would play for The Belt again in 1991.

Southern Cal Game Stats Texas Tech Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Marcus Allen 20 105 1 James Hadnot 24 94 0
Michael Hayes 19 84 0 Ron Reeves 16 43 1
Charles White 10 39 0 Mark Olbert 2 8 0
Paul McDonald 6 -22 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 17 10 0 133 2 Ron Reeves 13 4 3 80 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Dan Garcia 2 35 1 Edwin Newsome 2 67 0
Marcus Allen 1 34 0 Mark Olbert 1 7 0
Hoby Brenner 2 28 0 James Hadnot 1 6 0
Ray Butler 1 13 0        
James Hunter 1 10 0        
Michael Hayes 1 8 0        
Charles White 1 4 0        
Vic Rakhshani 1 1 1        

 

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