Washington State

Cougars

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 6, 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

Washington State 0 0 3 0 .000         0 3 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 4 24 3 1 .875 10 1 1 .875 11 2 0 .846 3 0 0 1.000

Previous Belt Meetings

10/13/1973

Washington State

35 9/30/1977

Washington State

7
Southern Cal © 46 Southern Cal © 41

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington State

0

14

0

7

21

Southern Cal

16

27

7

0

50

Washington State coach Jim Walden brought his 1-3 Cougars to Los Angeles for the battle with the top-ranked, 4-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson.  Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 QB Paul McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes while Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Charles White & RB Marcus Allen each added 2 rushing touchdowns as the Trojans crushed the Cougars 50-21 to retain The Belt.  Southern Cal opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to TE Vic Rakhshani & followed with an 11-yard touchdown run from Allen.  After holding the Cougars on their next three downs, Southern Cal's LB Byron Darby blocked the Washington State punt out of the end zone for a safety giving the Trojans a 16-0 midway through the 1st quarter.  Midway through the 2nd quarter Washington State got into the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown run by QB Steve Grant but Southern Cal quickly responded with a 1-yard touchdown run from Allen giving the Trojans a 22-7 lead.  The on-slaught continued as Southern Cal got a 4-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to All-Pac 10 TE Hoby Brenner & Allenís second touchdown came on another 1-yard run.  These scores sandwiched the Cougarsí 11-yard touchdown run by RB Tim Harris.  The final points of the 1st half came when White scored from 1 yard with just 0:01 left before intermission giving Southern Cal a 43-14 halftime lead.  The only points of the 3rd quarter came when Southern Cal's CB Herb Ward intercepted Grant & returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.  Washington Stateís final score came late in the 4th quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Harold Gillum.  McDonald finished with 212 yards passing with his 2 touchdowns while White added 142 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  For the Cougars, Grant threw for 54 yards with an interception & RB Tali Ena had 100 yards rushing in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Cougars finished 5-6 which included forfeits from both Arizona State & Oregon for NCAA violations.  Washington State would play for The Belt again in 1980.

Washington State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Tali Ena 14 100 0 Charles White 17 142 2
Steve Grant 11 28 1 Marcus Allen 5 72 2
Ray Williams 7 20 0 Michael Hayes 9 54 0
Tim Harris 5 18 1 Michael Harper 6 42 0
Harold Gillum 3 16 1 Anthony Gibson 4 11 0
Brian Sickler 2 9 0 Paul DiLulo 1 5 0
Mo Martin 2 1 0 Doug MacKenzie 2 4 0
Samoa Samoa 2 -8 0 Paul McDonald 1 -12 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Steve Grant 20 10 1 54 0 Paul McDonald 23 16 0 212 2
Samoa Samoa 5 4 0 51 0 Scott Tinsley 3 2 0 29 0
            Charles White 1 0 0 0 0
            Rob Preston 2 2 0 -3 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Jim Whatley 2 30 0 Kevin Williams 4 63 0
Pat Beach 2 26 0 Dan Garcia 3 43 0
Bevan Maxey 2 19 0 Marcus Allen 3 37 0
Ray Williams 4 15 0 Ray Butler 2 33 0
Rick Hedlund 1 10 0 Hoby Brenner 3 32 1
Mike Wilson 1 8 0 Malcolm Moore 1 25 0
Bill Harper 1 7 0 Vic Rakhshani 1 4 1
Tim Harris 1 -10 0 Michael Hayes 1 1 0
        Doug MacKenzie 2 0 0

 

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