College Football Belt - 1990 Notre Dame at Southern Cal
 
 

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played November 24, 1990

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

Notre Dame 2 9 7 0 .563 3 3 0 .500 5 4 0 .556 1 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal © 6 42 7 3 .837 18 2 2 .864 19 4 1 .813 5 1 0 .833

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/27/1973

Southern Cal ©

14

11/27/1976

Notre Dame

13

Notre Dame

23

Southern Cal ©

17

11/25/1978

Notre Dame

25

10/20/1979

Southern Cal ©

42

Southern Cal ©

27

Notre Dame

23

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Notre Dame

0

3

7

0

10

Southern Cal

3

0

3

0

6

 

Coach Lou Holtz brought the 7th ranked, 8-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Los Angeles for their annual match-up with the 18th ranked, 8-2-1 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Larry Smith.  This was the first time since 1979 the two teams had battled for The Belt but the Fighting Irish had not lost to the Trojans in their annual battle since 1982.  All-Americans LB Mike Stonebreaker, CB Todd Lyght, & DT Chris Zorich anchored the Irish defense while All-American WR Raghib ďRocketĒ Ismail ignited the offense.  Notre Dame used a balanced offense while holding Southern Cal to just 29 yards rushing & Notre Dame's RB Tony Brooks scored the gameís only touchdown late in the 3rd quarter as the Fighting Irish claimed The Belt for the 3rd time, the first since 1987, as well as the Jeweled Shillelagh for the 8th time in a row with a 10-6 victory.  It didnít look like the game would be a low scoring affair as Southern Cal's QB Todd Marinovich completed his first 4 passes, driving the Trojans to the Notre Dame 5-yard line on their opening possession but they settled for a 22-yard field goal by PK Quin Rodriguez giving Southern Cal a 3-0 lead.  Notre Dameís only points of the 1st half came after their drive stalled on the Southern Cal 13-yard line & PK Craig Hentrich converted a 30-yard field goal attempt.  The Trojans scored on their first possession of the 2nd half as well as they drove to the Fighting Irish 14-yard line but again had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Rodriguez.  Taking the ball at their own 31-yard line, Notre Dame drove the 69 yards in 15 plays with RB Ricky Watters carrying for 41 yards on the drive.  Brooks touchdown came on a 1-yard run with 3:14 left in the 3rd quarter.  Notre Dameís Ismail provided the only real scoring threat of the final quarter when he broke loose for a 39-yard run on a reverse & on the next play took a short pass from QB Rick Mirer before turning it into a 41-yard gain to the Trojans' 2-yard line.  The Southern Cal defense put up a valiant goal-line stand to keep the Fighting Irish out of the end zone but the Trojans' offense got no closer than the Notre Dame 40-yard line in the final period.  Mirer threw for 130 yards in the win while Southern Calís Marinovich threw for 273 yards but was sacked 6 times while All-Pac 10 WR Gary Wellman had 9 catches for 101 yards in the loss.  The Trojans finished the season 8-4-1; ranked 20th nationally while the Fighting Irish finished 9-3 & ranked 6th nationally.  Southern Cal would play for The Belt again in 1992.

 

Notre Dame Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Ricky Watters 16 61 0 3.81 Mazio Royster 19 51 0 2.68
Raghib Ismail 6 39 0 6.50 Scott Lockwood 2 3 0 1.50
Rodney Culver 10 37 0 3.70 Todd Marinovich 7 -25 0 -3.57
Tony Brooks 7 35 1 5.00          
Rick Mirer 12 28 0 2.33          
Jerome Bettis 1 7 0 7.00          
Shawn Davis 1 1 0 1.00          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Rick Mirer 15 7 0 130 0 Todd Marinovich 39 26 0 273 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Raghib Ismail 2 70 0 35.00 Gary Wellman 9 101 0 11.22
Derek Brown 3 43 0 14.33 Mazio Royster 6 69 0 11.50
Tony Smith 1 11 0 11.00 Larry Wallace 2 39 0 19.50
Irv Smith 1 6 0 6.00 Travis Hannah 2 26 0 13.00
          Scott Lockwood 4 20 0 5.00
          Bob Crane 1 9 0 9.00
          Joel Scott 1 6 0 6.00
          Johnnie Morton 1 3 0 3.00

 

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