Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Washington

Huskies

Played November 10, 1979

at Husky Stadium

Seattle, Washington

  

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

Southern Cal © 4 28 3 2 .879 12 1 2 .867 13 2 0 .867 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 1 2 2 0 .500 2 1 0 .667 0 1 0 .000        

 

 

Previous Belt Meetings

11/11/1978

Washington

10

Southern Cal ©

28

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

10

7

7

24

Washington

3

0

7

7

17

One day short of a year since Southern Cal had reclaimed The Belt from Washington, the 4th ranked, 8-0-1 Trojans of coach John Robinson had successfully defended title 13 times.  The 15th ranked, 7-2 Huskies of Don James hoped to re-claim the title.  Trojans' Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White carried 38 times & set-up both of Southern Cal 2nd half touchdowns as the Trojans retained The Belt with a 24-17 victory over the Huskies.  Late in the 1st quarter, Washington took advantage of a short punt to get a 30-yard field goal from PK Mike Lansford.  The kick marked the first time this season any team had scored against the Trojans in the 1st quarter.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Trojans' All-Pac 10 LB Dennis Johnson intercepted Washington's QB Tom Flick & returned the pass 23 yards to the Washington 24-yard line.  Six plays later, Southern Calís All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to WR Dan Garcia giving the Trojans a 7-3 lead.  Late in the quarter, Trojansí PK Eric Hipp kicked a 32-yard field goal giving Southern Cal a 10-3 halftime lead.  In the 3rd quarter, Southern Cal drove 48 yards in 3 plays highlighted by a 22-yard run by White to set-up a 19-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to WR Kevin Williams.  Flick got hot on the next Washington drive which covered 80 yards in 5 plays with Flick hitting passes of 46 yards to WR Aaron Williams & 27 yards to WR Paul Skansi.  Flick finished the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak as the Huskies closed to within a touchdown at 17-10.  Late in the 3rd quarter, Washington's RB Ken Gardner blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt by Hipp.  The Huskies drove 63 yards in 7 plays with Flick throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Skansi tying the game at 17-17 with 13:29 left in the 4th quarter.  Late in the 4th quarter, the Trojans put together a 7-play, 80-yards drive highlighted by consecutive runs of 29 & 27 yards by White which got the ball to the Washington 11-yard line.  Southern Cal's RB Marcus Allen scored from 11 yards with 11:50 left in the game giving the Trojans a 24-17 lead.  The Trojanís defense was able to hold the rest of the quarter including a drive which was stopped inside the Southern Cal 10-yard line.  The final Washington push was set-up by a 40-yard punt return from Washington's All-Pac 10 CB Mark Lee putting the ball at the Southern Cal 22-yard line.  The Huskies drove to the 1-yard line but four plays later, the Trojans' goal-line defense had held & took over possession at their own 5-yard line before running out the clock.  White finished with 243 yards rushing while McDonald threw for 125 yards with 2 touchdowns.  Flick finished with 245 yards passing with a touchdown but 2 interceptions, RB Vince Coby rushed for 103 yards, Skansi had 9 catches for 113 yards with a touchdown, & Williams had 5 catches for 110 yards in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Huskies finished 10-2, which included a forfeit from Arizona State for NCAA violations, & ranked 11th nationally.  Washington would play for The Belt again in 1980.

Southern Cal Game Stats Washington Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 38 243 0 Vince Coby 18 103 0
Marcus Allen 10 53 1 Toussaint Tyler 12 32 0
Paul McDonald 5 -25 0 Tom Flick 5 0 1
        Aaron Williams 1 -8 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Paul McDonald 21 12 0 125 2 Tom Flick 28 18 2 245 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ray Butler 2 36 0 Paul Skansi 9 113 1
Hoby Brenner 2 27 0 Aaron Williams 5 110 0
Dan Garcia 2 25 1 David Bayle 3 28 0
Kevin Williams 2 21 1 Vince Coby 1 -6 0
Charles White 2 4 0        
Marcus Allen 1 8 0        
James Hunter 1 4 0        

 

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