Stanford

Cardinal

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 13, 1979

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

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

Stanford 0 0 1 0 .000         0 1 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 4 25 3 1 .879 11 1 1 .885 11 2 0 .846 3 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Stanford

0

0

7

14

21

Southern Cal

7

14

0

0

21

The top-ranked, 5-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson came to this game with a 13-game winning streak & an eye on their annual battle with the Fighting Irish the following week.  The 3-2 Stanford Cardinal of coach Rod Dowhower had other ideas.  Southern Cal dominated the 1st half taking a 21-0 lead before Stanford rallied for 3 touchdowns in the final 25 minutes to gain a 21-21 tie but Southern Cal retained The Belt (“To Be The Man, You Have To Beat The Man”).  The Trojans took the lead on their opening drive as Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White finished a 7-play, 72-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.  In the 2nd quarter Southern Cal's CB Herb Ward recovered a fumble from Stanford's RB Mike Dotterer at the Stanford 49-yard line.  White’s 1-yard touchdown run finished the 9-play drive & gave the Trojans a 14-0 lead.  Moments later, Ward intercepted Stanford's QB John Elway at the Stanford 26-yard line setting up Southern Cal's RB Marcus Allen’s 15-yard touchdown run giving the Trojans a 21-0 lead with 8:38 left in the half.  The Trojans had scored their 3 touchdowns in 21 minutes & seemed to be in position to roll-up a big win.  In the 3rd quarter, the roles reversed as the Cardinal started to make all the key plays & get the critical bounces.  Stanford drove 80 yards in 13 plays helped by a pass interference penalty called against Ward on a 3rd down & 3.  The penalty kept the drive alive & QB Turk Schonert eventually found Dotterer on a 19-yard touchdown pass making the score Southern Cal 21 Stanford 7.  Late in the quarter, Stanford's LB Terry Rennaker recovered White’s fumble at the Stanford 39-yard line.  The Cardinal converted 2 fourth down plays on the drive before Schonert threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to All-American WR Ken Margerum to get Stanford within a touchdown at 21-14.  After Southern Cal punted giving Stanford the ball at their own 13-yard line, the Cardinal drove 87 yards in 16 plays with Schonert carrying the final 10 yards for the touchdown which tied the game at 21-21.  The drive was kept alive by another critical 4th down conversion from the Trojans' 11-yard when Dotterer fumbled a pitch needing just a yard to keep the drive alive but the Cardinal's running back recovered the ball, reversed his field, & gained enough to move the chains giving Schonert the chance to tie the game.  The Cardinal had scored their 3 touchdowns in 25:27 but with 4:33 left in the game both teams still had chances for the win.  Stanford's CB Rick Parker intercepted Southern Cal’s All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald at midfield.  The Cardinal drove to the Southern Cal 29-yard line before Schonert was sacked for a loss & All-Pac 10 PK Ken Naber missed a 53-yard field goal attempt.  With 0:43 left, the Trojans moved from their 36-yard line to the Stanford 31-yard line.  On the next play, Stanford's LB Craig Zellmer was called for pass interference giving the Trojans the ball at the Stanford 23-yard line with 0:03 to play.  Southern Cal's PK Eric Hipp, who had missed a 24-yard field goal in the 1st half, came in to attempt a 39-yard field goal but CB Jeff Fisher holding for the kick bobbled the snap & the kick was blocked by Stanford's WR Gordon Banks as time expired leaving the game tied.  McDonald finished with 67 yards passing with 2 interceptions while White rushed for 221 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  Schonert threw for 163 yards with 2 touchdowns & Margerum had 6 catches for 104 yards with his score.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Cardinal finished 5-5-1 in Dowhower’s only season as coach.  Stanford would play for The Belt again in 1980.

Stanford Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Vincent White 13 56 0 Charles White 32 221 2
Mike Dotterer 15 41 0 Marcus Allen 13 74 1
Todd Wasik 5 14 0 Paul McDonald 2 0 0
Gordon Banks 1 9 0        
James Brown 4 8 0        
Turk Schonert 7 7 0        
Greg Hooper 1 4 0        
John Elway 3 -11 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Turk Schonert 27 16 0 163 2 Paul McDonald 13 7 2 67 0
John Elway 16 9 1 118 0            
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ken Margerum 6 104 1 Hoby Brenner 3 28 0
Andre Tyler 6 75 0 Marcus Allen 2 25 0
Mike Dotterer 5 45 1 Dan Garcia 1 11 0
Vincent White 5 39 0 Michael Hayes 1 3 0
Pat Bowe 1 10 0        
Greg Hooper 1 5 0        
James Brown 1 3 0        

 

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