Arizona State

Sun Devils

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 4, 1980

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

Arizona State 1 1 2 0 .333 1 1 0 .500 0 1 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 4 34 3 2 .897 14 1 2 .882 16 2 0 .889 4 0 0 1.000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/14/1978

Southern Cal ©

7

Arizona State

20

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arizona State

0

7

7

7

21

Southern Cal

7

13

3

0

23

Coach Darryl Rogers, in his first season at Arizona State, brought his 2-1 Sun Devils to Los Angeles hoping to reclaim some of the glory of the previous season.  In 1979, Arizona State had to forfeit 5 games due to NCAA violations.  The 4th ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson stood 3-0 as they readied for their 1980 Homecoming game.  The Sun Devils were the last team to defeat the Trojans having won the 1978 game to claim The Belt; Southern Cal had not been beaten in the 23 games since.  Southern Cal got 3 field goals from PK Eric Hipp & withstood a 2nd half rally from the Sun Devils which included a failed 72-yard field goal attempt as time expired to retain The Belt with a 23-21 victory.  Midway through the 1st quarter, Southern Calís All-Pac 10 S Dennis Smith recovered a fumble from Arizona State's RB Gerald Riggs.  The Trojans took the turnover & drove 82 yards in 10 plays with All-Pac 10 RB Marcus Allen scoring the touchdown on a 2-yard run.  Arizona State tied the game at 7-7 in the 2nd quarter after LB John Sprein recovered a fumble by Southern Cal's RB Doug MacKenzie & the Sun Devils drove 79 yards in 13 plays.  Sun Devils' QB Mike Pagel threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to WR John Mistler for the score.  The Trojans responded with a 33-yard field goal from Hipp to take a 10-7 lead.  Southern Cal then took advantage of excellent field position following a short punt from Arizona Stateís All-Pac 10 P Mike Black which gave the Trojans the ball at the Sun Devilsí 32-yard line.  Southern Cal's QB Gordon Adams finished the short drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to WR Jeff Simmons giving the Trojans a 17-7 lead.  Hippís 43-yard field goal as time expired in the 1st half sent the teams to their locker rooms with Southern Cal leading 20-7.  In the 3rd quarter, Arizona Stateís All-Pac 10 RB Willie Gittens slipped tackle attempts by Trojans' LB Riki Gray & Smith, then exploded down the sideline for a 59-yard touchdown run to keep the Sun Devils within 6 points at 20-14.  Southern Calís All-Pac 10 LB Chip Banks recovered a fumble from Pagel which set-up Hippís third field goal, this one from 27 yards, as the Trojans took a 23-14 lead entering the final quarter.  With 4:30 to play in the game, Pagel finished a 9-play, 72-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to TE Ron Wetzel but the Sun Devils still trailed 23-21.  Southern Cal drove to the Arizona State 25-yard line before Hipp missed a 48-yard field goal attempt giving the ball back to the Sun Devils but with less than a minute to play they were forced to try a 72-yard field goal attempt from PK Scott Lewis.  The kick was well short as time expired.  Adams finished with 226 yards passing with a touchdown while Allen added 132 yards rushing but 2 fumbles with his score.  Pagel threw for 160 yards with 2 touchdowns in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-2-1; ranked 11th nationally while the Sun Devils finished 7-4.  Arizona State would play for The Belt again in 1982.

Arizona State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Willie Gittens 15 98 1 Marcus Allen 36 132 1
Gerald Riggs 8 34 0 Paul DiLulo 3 28 0
Dwaine Wright 1 26 0 Anthony Gibson 4 26 0
Newt Williams 5 12 0 Doug MacKenzie 2 15 0
Robert Weathers 1 7 0 Gordon Adams 5 -1 0
Mike Pagel 5 -12 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Mike Pagel 27 12 0 160 2 Gordon Adams 29 20 0 226 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Robert Weathers 2 43 0 Hoby Brenner 7 87 0
John Mistler 3 32 1 Kevin Williams 3 45 0
Melvin Hoover 2 26 0 Marcus Allen 5 42 0
Ron Washington 1 17 0 Vic Rakhshani 2 22 0
Ron Wetzel 1 14 0 Jeff Simmons 1 15 1
Gerald Riggs 1 12 0 Malcolm Moore 1 11 0
Jerry Ball 1 10 0 Doug MacKenzie 1 4 0
Willie Gittens 1 6 0        

 

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