College Football Belt - 1985 UCLA at Southern Cal
 

UCLA

Bruins ©

Southern Cal

Trojans

Played November 23, 1985

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

UCLA © 6 20 7 3 .716 10 4 0 .714 8 3 3 .679 2 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal 4 39 6 3 .844 17 2 2 .857 18 4 1 .804 4 0 0 1.000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

11/20/1976

Southern Cal

24

11/18/1978

UCLA

10

UCLA ©

14

Southern Cal ©

17

 

11/24/1979

UCLA

14

11/17/1984

Southern Cal ©

10

Southern Cal ©

49

UCLA

29

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

7

6

0

0

13

Southern Cal

7

0

3

7

17

 

The Victory Bell game decided The Belt champion as well for the 2nd straight year.  The 8th ranked, 8-1-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue were 6˝-point favorites as they battled the 4-5 Southern Cal Trojans of Ted Tollner.  UCLA missed several opportunities to put Southern Cal away, including 3 turnovers inside the Trojans' 20-yard line, while the Southern Cal choose to forgo a tying field goal attempt with less than 2 minutes to play & the gamble paid off.  Southern Cal's QB Rodney Peete scored on a quarterback sneak as the Trojans upset the Bruins 17-13 to claim The Belt for the 5th time.  It looked like this game might be the 3rd straight victory by the Bruins over the Trojans as UCLA took their opening possession to the Southern Cal 20-yard line before RB Mel Farr fumbled & the Trojans took over.  UCLA did score on their next possession as RB Eric Ball finished a 9-play, 63-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run giving the Bruins a 7-0 lead.  The Trojans responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive with Peete throwing to TE Joe Cormier who broke a tackle & tiptoed the sideline for a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Bruins drove to the Southern Cal 5-yard line but faced with a 4th & inches play UCLA chose to have All-American PK John Lee kick a 22-yard field goal giving the Bruins a 10-7 lead.  Midway through the 2nd quarter, UCLA's S James Washington intercepted Peete setting up Lee’s 34-yard field goal making the score UCLA 13 Southern Cal 7.  The kick by Lee was his 79th career field goal making him the NCAA career leader in field goals.  The Bruins missed another chance to score before halftime when RB Gaston Green fumbled at the Southern Cal 12-yard line so while UCLA had dominated the offensive statistics in the 1st half, out-gaining Southern Cal 253-132, they only led by 6 points at 13-7.  Midway through the 3rd quarter, Southern Cal drove 67 yards in 9 plays including a key 19-yard run by Peete.  The drive resulted in a 38-yard field goal by PK Don Shafer & the Trojans were within 3 points at 13-10.  The Bruins missed a chance to put the game away in the 4th quarter when Ball fumbled at the Southern Cal 1-yard line & Trojans’ LB Marcus Cotton recovered the ball.  The winning drive came after a UCLA punt put Southern Cal at their own 44-yard line.  Trojans' RB Ryan Knight started the drive with a 21-yard run.  Another first down got the ball to the UCLA 24-yard line where the Bruins defense stiffened.  Faced with a 3rd & 11 to go, Peete scrambled & got the first down by inches.  Three runs by Knight got the ball to the UCLA 6-yard line where the Trojans faced the 4th & 2 play but instead of going for the tying field goal attempt, Southern Cal tried for the win.  Peete rolled to his right & carried 3 yards for another first down.  Peete’s 1-yard quarterback sneak put the Trojans ahead 17-13 with 1:13 left to play.  Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 S Tim McDonald secured the upset when he intercepted UCLA's QB David Norrie.  Peete finished with 101 yards passing with a touchdown with all his completed passes going to Cormier who had 8 catches while Knight added 147 yards rushing.  Norrie finished with 178 yards passing but 2 interceptions while Green rushed for 145 yards in the loss.  The Bruins finished the season 9-2-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 7th nationally while the Trojans finished 6-6.  UCLA would play for The Belt again in 1990.

 

UCLA Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Gaston Green 28 145 0 5.18 Ryan Knight 32 147 0 4.59
Eric Ball 8 32 1 4.00 Rodney Peete 18 21 1 1.17
Mel Farr 7 23 0 3.29 Kennedy Pola 2 6 0 3.00
Marcus Greenwood 1 2 0 2.00 Todd Steele 1 -2 0 -2.00
David Norrie 3 -3 0 -1.00          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
David Norrie 21 14 2 178 0 Rodney Peete 15 8 1 101 1
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Karl Dorrell 5 61 0 12.20 Joe Cormier 8 101 1 12.63
Willie Anderson 2 32 0 16.00          
Gaston Green 2 28 0 14.00          
Al Wilson 2 25 0 12.50          
Mike Sherrard 1 16 0 16.00          
Derek Tennell 1 10 0 10.00          
Mel Farr 1 6 0 6.00          

 

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