College Football Belt - 2003 Michigan vs Southern Cal
 
 
 

Michigan

Wolverines ©

Southern Cal

Trojans

The Rose Bowl

Played January 1, 2004

at the Rose Bowl

Pasadena, 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

Michigan © 6 19 10 0 .655 10 4 0 .714 8 3 0 .727 1 3 0 .250
Southern Cal 8 44 10 3 .798 19 3 2 .833 20 6 1 .759 5 1 0 .833

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

1/1/1977

Rose Bowl

Southern Cal ©

14

1/1/1979

Rose Bowl

Southern Cal ©

17

Michigan

6

Michigan

10

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Michigan

0

0

7

7

14

Southern Cal

7

7

14

0

28

 

The 4th ranked, 10-2 Michigan Wolverines of coach Lloyd Carr met the top-ranked, 11-1 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll in the Rose Bowl.  The game was marked by the almost annual BCS controversy when Southern Cal was left out of the BCS Championship game in spite of being top-ranked in both the AP & Coaches polls.  The Trojans had successfully defended The Belt against the Wolverines in the 1977 & 1979 Rose Bowls but this was the first time they had tried to claim The Belt from the Wolverines.  Southern Cal held the Wolverines, with All-American RB Chris Perry, to 49 net yards rushing on their way to a 28-14 win & their 9th Belt reign.  Michigan took their opening drive 50 yards in 15 plays before stalling at the Trojans’ 30-yard line.  Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 DT Shaun Cody blocked the field goal attempt from Michigan's PK Garrett Rivas keeping the Wolverines off the scoreboard.  Southern Cal turned right around scoring in 4 plays, all passes, with All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart hitting WR Keary Colbert on a 25-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans took a 7-0 lead.  Late in the 2nd quarter, Southern Cal's LB Lofa Tatupu intercepted Wolverines' All-Big Ten QB John Navarre & returned it 26 yards to the Michigan 3-yard line.  After a short loss, Leinart completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to RB LenDale White for a 14-0 halftime edge.  On the opening drive of the 2nd half, Southern Cal went 83 yards in 5 plays with Leinart hitting Colbert for a 47-yard touchdown pass giving the Trojans a 21-0 lead.  Michigan finally cracked the scoreboard after a 17-play, 76-yard drive with Navarre hitting TE Tim Massaquoi for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 5:49 left in the 3rd quarter.  The Trojans then went to their bag of tricks for the next touchdown as All-American WR Mike Williams took a reverse handoff before turning to throw to Leinart who was open for the 15-yard touchdown pass.  Michigan scored early in the 4th quarter with a 12-play, 85-yard drive capped by Perry’s 2-yard touchdown run with 11:06 left.  Southern Cal then use 7:24 of playing time on a 70-yard drive before LB Lawrence Reid recovered Leinart’s fumble and kept the Trojans from another score but with only 3:42 to play, the game was in hand.  Southern Cal claimed The Belt for the 9th time & the first since 1992.  Navarre finished with 271 yards passing with a touchdown & interception but was sacked 9 times.  Perry was held to 85 yards rushing with his score & All-Big Ten WR Braylon Edwards had 10 catches for 107 yards.  For the Trojans, Leinart had 327 yards passing with 3 touchdowns, Colbert finished with 6 catches for 149 yards receiving with his 2 scores, & All-Pac 10 DE Kenechi Udeze had 3 sacks for the defense.  The Wolverines finished the season 10-3; Big Ten Champions, ranked 6th nationally while the Trojans finished 12-1, Pac 10 Champions & National Champions.  Michigan would play for The Belt again in 2006.

 

 

Michigan Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Chris Perry 23 85 1 3.70 Reggie Bush 8 41 0 5.13
Steve Breaston 2 21 0 10.50 LenDale White 8 26 0 3.25
Pierre Rembert 1 1 0 1.00 Hershel Dennis 7 17 0 2.43
John Navarre 12 -58 0 -4.83 Matt Leinart 2 -16 0 -8.00
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
John Navarre 46 27 1 271 1 Matt Leinart 34 23 0 327 3
            Mike Williams 1 1 0 15 1
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Braylon Edwards 10 107 0 10.70 Keary Colbert 6 149 2 24.83
Jason Avant 4 61 0 15.25 Mike Williams 8 88 0 11.00
Steve Breaston 6 61 0 10.17 Reggie Bush 2 42 0 21.00
Tyler Ecker 3 31 0 10.33 Gregg Guenther, Jr. 1 19 0 19.00
Tim Massaquoi 1 5 1 5.00 Matt Leinart 1 15 1 15.00
Brian Thompson 1 5 0 5.00 Steve Smith 1 9 0 9.00
Chris Perry 2 1 0 0.50 David Kirtman 1 8 0 8.00
          Brandon Hancock 2 8 0 4.00
          LenDale White 2 4 1 2.00

 

 

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