Southern Cal

Trojans

Stanford

Cardinal

Played November 8, 1980

at Stanford Stadium

Stanford, 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

Southern Cal 4 37 3 3 .895 16 1 2 .895 17 2 1 .875 4 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 1 1 .250         0 1 1 .250        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/13/1979

Stanford

21

Southern Cal

21

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

6

12

9

7

34

Stanford

0

9

0

0

9

First-year coach Paul Wiggin & his 6-3 Stanford Cardinal hosted the 4th ranked, 6-0-1 Southern Cal Trojans with coach John Robinson.  Southern Cal brought a 27-game unbeaten streak & 24-game Belt reign.  All-Pac 10 QB John Elway, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, All-Pac 10 RB Darrin Nelson, & All-American WR Ken Margerum led the Stanford offense but both Nelson & Margerum were injured in the 1st half limiting their contributions.  Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 RB Marcus Allen rushed for 195 yards with 2 touchdowns & the Trojans' defense led by All-American S Ronnie Lott held the Cardinal to 13 yards rushing in a 34-9 victory.  Midway through the 1st quarter, Allen scored on a 4-yard touchdown run & he scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter giving the Trojans a 12-0 lead.  Elway scrambled free to find Margerum for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 6:32 left in the half as the Cardinal closed to within 6 points at 12-6.  Southern Cal's QB Gordon Adams scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as the Trojans pushed the lead to 18-6 but Stanford got a 48-yard field goal from PK Ken Naber with 0:04 in the half & the Cardinal trailed 18-9 at the half.  In what turned out to be the most critical play of the game, Stanford's RB Vincent White rushed for 6 yards on a 3rd & 1 play but before he could be tackled, Lott stripped the ball free.  Lott ran 45 yards for a touchdown giving Southern Cal a 24-9 lead which the Cardinal could not recover from.  Southern Cal's PK Eric Hipp connected on a 37-yard field goal & Southern Cal's RB Bob McClanahan added a 21-yard touchdown run late in the game.  Adams finished with 182 yards passing while Elway threw for 260 yards with his touchdown but was sacked 8 times.  Southern Cal finished the season 8-2-1; ranked 11th nationally while the Cardinal finished 6-5.  Stanford would play for The Belt again in 1982.

Southern Cal Game Stats Stanford Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Marcus Allen 34 195 2 Darrin Nelson 6 21 0
Paul DiLulo 8 28 0 Vincent White 2 5 0
Anthony Gibson 3 24 0 LaMott Atkins 3 5 0
Bob McClanahan 1 21 1 James Brown 2 3 0
Michael Harper 1 3 0 John Elway 14 -47 0
Gordon Adams 3 -12 1        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Gordon Adams 22 14 1 182 0 John Elway 37 26 1 260 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Kevin Williams 4 99 0 Ken Margerum 3 77 1
James Hunter 2 28 0 Andre Tyler 4 73 0
Marcus Allen 3 23 0 Darrin Nelson 4 12 0
Vic Rakhshani 2 15 0 Greg Hooper 3 30 0
Hoby Brenner 2 11 0 Mike Tolliver 2 28 0
Jeff Simmons 1 6 0 Jeff Haile 3 21 0
        Chris Dressel 1 10 0
        James Brown 2 6 0
        Vincent White 4 3 0

 

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