College Football Belt - 1985 Southern Cal vs Alabama
 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Alabama

Crimson Tide

The Aloha Bowl

Played December 28, 1985

at Aloha Stadium

Honolulu, Hawaii

  

 

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 © 5 41 6 3 .850 18 2 2 .864 18 4 1 .804 5 0 0 1.000
Alabama 1 10 3 0 .769 5 2 0 .714 4 0 0 1.000 1 1 0 .500

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/8/1977

Southern Cal ©

20

9/23/1978

Alabama ©

14

Alabama

21

Southern Cal

24

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

3

0

0

3

Alabama

3

0

7

14

24

 

The 6-5 Southern Cal Trojans & coach Ted Tollner met the 15th ranked 8-2-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Ray Perkins.  Alabama had one of its most talented teams but losses to Penn State & Tennessee as well as a tie with Louisiana State kept them out of the national title picture.  Alabama’s defense led by All-SEC LB Cornelius Bennett & All-SEC DT Jon Hand held Southern Cal to 61 yards rushing & 10 total first downs as the Crimson Tide claimed The Belt with a 24-3 victory.  Both defenses dominated the 1st half as Alabama got only a 48-yard field goal from PK Van Tiffin while Southern Cal got a 25-yard field goal from PK Don Shafer & the teams were tied at the half 3-3.  Late in the 3rd quarter, the Crimson Tide put together a 10-play, 42-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from RB Craig Turner.  The drive was set-up by a 14-yard punt return by Alabama's WR Greg Richardson.  Alabama scored twice in the 4th quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from QB Mike Shula to WR Clay Whitehurst & on a 14-yard touchdown run by All-SEC WR Al Bell to put the game away.  The first score came after Alabama's S Kermit Kendrick at the Trojans' 44-yard line while the second came on another 44-yard drive following a short punt.  With 7:17 left in the final period, Southern Cal's QB Rodney Peete left the game with a torn Achilles’ tendon but the Trojans did not appear to be threatening to score anyway.  Shula finished with 112 yards passing with his touchdown.  Peete threw for 65 yards with an interception while back-up QB Kevin McLean threw for 71 yards with an interception for Southern Cal.  The Trojans finished the season 6-6 while the Crimson Tide finished 9-2-1, ranked 13th nationally.  Southern Cal would play for The Belt again in 1990.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Ryan Knight 16 40 0 2.50 Gene Jelks 17 79 0 4.65
Rodney Peete 6 13 0 2.17 Bobby Humphrey 14 55 0 3.93
Kennedy Pola 1 4 0 4.00 Craig Turner 16 53 1 3.31
Aaron Emanuel 3 4 0 1.33 Al Bell 1 14 1 14.00
          Joe Smith 1 9 0 9.00
          Doug Allen 1 5 0 5.00
          Chester Braggs 1 0 0 0.00
          Don Horstead 1 -2 0 -2.00
          Mike Shula 3 -8 0 -2.67
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Kevin McLean 9 6 1 71 0 Mike Shula 15 8 0 112 1
Rodney Peete 17 10 1 65 0            
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Ken Henry 4 83 0 20.75 Craig Turner 4 40 0 10.00
Joe Cormier 4 21 0 5.25 Al Bell 2 39 0 19.50
Erik McKee 3 19 0 6.33 Clay Whitehurst 1 24 1 24.00
Lonnie White 2 18 0 9.00 Gene Jelks 1 9 0 9.00
Ryan Knight 2 2 0 1.00          
Zephrini Lee 1 -7 0 -7.00          

 

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