South Carolina

Gamecocks

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 20, 1980

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

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South Carolina 0                                
Southern Cal © 4 32 3 2 .892 13 1 2 .875 15 2 0 .882 4 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

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South Carolina

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7

13

Southern Cal

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23

The South Carolina Gamecocks of coach Jim Carlen came to Los Angeles with a 2-0 record, ranked 20th nationally & having outscored their opponents 110-0.  John Robinsonís 4th ranked Southern Cal Trojans were 1-0 with a 21-game unbeaten streak & opening their home season.  The Gamecocks featured Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB George Rogers, who rushed for 141 yards but the Trojans got 107 yards rushing & 2 touchdowns from All-Pac 10 RB Marcus Allen as Southern Cal posted a 23-13 win over South Carolina to retain The Belt.  Allen opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run on the Trojans first drive.  South Carolina kept the game close when PK Eddie Leopard converted a 34-yard field goal attempt but the Gamecocks still trailed 7-3.  A 47-yard field goal from Southern Cal's PK Eric Hipp gave the Trojans a 10-3 lead entering the 2nd quarter.  With 0:05 left in the half, Leopard hit a 25-yard field goal which sent the teams to the locker rooms with Southern Cal leading 10-6.  The Trojans took control of the game in the 3rd quarter as QB Gordon Adams threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to WR Kevin Williams.  Moments later, Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 S Dennis Smith intercepted South Carolina's QB Garry Harper at the Gamecocks' 17-yard line setting up a 7-yard touchdown run from Allen which put Southern Cal up 23-6.  South Carolina got a touchdown from Rogers on a 34-yard run but with just 1:29 left in the game, the outcome had already been decided.  Adams threw for just 65 yards with a touchdown while Harper threw for 137 yards but the Trojans' pressure forced 2 interceptions which kept the Gamecocks from mounting a serious threat.  In spite of Rogers 141 yards rushing, South Carolina was held to 130 yards rushing as a team.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-2-1; ranked 11th nationally while the Gamecocks finished 8-4.  South Carolina would play for The Belt again in 1988.

South Carolina Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

George Rogers 26 141 1 Marcus Allen 31 107 2
Johnnie Wright 10 19 0 Michael Harper 9 43 0
Percy Reeves 1 -3 0 Anthony Gibson 2 22 0
Garry Harper 5 -27 0 Kevin Williams 1 17 0
        Doug MacKenzie 3 14 0
        Paul DiLulo 3 4 0
        Gordon Adams 5 -18 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Garry Harper 22 11 2 137 0 Gordon Adams 13 5 0 65 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Willie Scott 6 88 0 Jeff Simmons 3 51 0
Horace Smith 2 30 0 Kevin Williams 1 9 1
Ben Cornett 1 16 0 Hoby Brenner 1 5 0
Johnnie Wright 1 9 0        
George Rogers 1 -6 0        

 

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