College Football Belt - 2004 Arizona vs Southern Cal
 
 

Arizona

Wildcats

Southern Cal

Trojans

Played November 13, 2004

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

Arizona 5 13 12 0 .520 6 4 0 .600 6 8 0 .429 1 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal 9 54 10 3 .828 23 3 2 .857 24 6 1 .790 7 1 0 .875

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

11/3/1979

Arizona

7

10/11/1980

Southern Cal

27 11/14/1992

Arizona

7

Southern Cal

20

Arizona

10

Southern Cal

14

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arizona

3

0

6

0

9

Southern Cal

0

14

21

14

49

 

The 2-7 Arizona Wildcats with first-year coach Mike Stoops met the top-ranked, 9-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll.  The Wildcats had held The Belt 5 times with a 13-12 record in Belt games but they had not beaten Southern Cal in their 3 Belt match-ups & were 35-point underdogs in this game against the reigning champions.  Southern Cal's RB LenDale White scored 3 touchdowns for the Trojans on their way to a 49-9 victory.  The Wildcats could not stop the Southern Cal offense in the 2nd half as Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 280 yards with 3 touchdowns.  Midway through the 1st quarter, Arizona took the lead for the only time when PK Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal.  The Trojans responded with a 12-play, 57-yard drive that Leinart finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to RB David Kirtman for a 7-3 Southern Cal lead.  The Trojans pushed the lead to 14-3 with a 5-play, 71-yard drive highlighted by a trick play.  Southern Cal's RB Desmond Reed took a handoff before throwing a 55-yard completion to WR Dwayne Jarrett to the Wildcats' 3-yard line.  White carried the final 3 yards on the next snap for a 14-3 halftime advantage.  The Trojans opened the 3rd quarter with an 11-play, 66-yard scoring drive with White scoring from 2 yards for a 21-3 edge.  Arizona's touchdown was set-up by a fumble by Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush giving the Wildcats the ball at the Trojans' 40-yard line.  It took just 2 plays, a 31-yard run by WR Syndric Steptoe & a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Richard Kovalcheck to WR Steve Fleming but the missed 2-point conversion attempt left Arizona trailing 21-9.  White's 54-yard run highlighted the following drive before he scored on a 6-yard touchdown run for a 28-9 lead.  Leinart & Jarrett took over on the next Trojans' drive as the connected on a 44-yard pass on the first play & a 13-yard scoring pass on the second play to complete the drive for a 35-9 advantage.  The 4th quarter was more of the same dominance from Southern Cal with Leinart throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett & RB Hershel Dennis finishing the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run.  Trojans' All-Pac 10 LB Lofa Tatupu led the Southern Cal defense with 11 tackles including 1 sacks as the Wildcats were held to 90 yards rushing & converted only 2 of 12 third down chances.  For the Trojans, White finished with 118 yards rushing with his 3 scores & WR Dwayne Jarrett had 6 catches for 144 yards with 2 touchdowns.  Kovalcheck threw for 165 yards with a touchdown but also had 2 passes intercepted & was sacked 3 times.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-0 which does not include 2 wins that were vacated by the NCAA as Bush was ruled ineligible for the final 2 games of the season; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Wildcats finished 3-8.  Arizona would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

Arizona Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Mike Bell 15 74 0 4.93 LenDale White 16 118 3 7.38
Syndric Steptoe 1 31 0 31.00 Reggie Bush 12 45 0 3.75
Chris Henry 3 3 0 1.00 Desmond Reed 2 37 0 18.50
Richard Kovalcheck 5 -16 0 -3.20 Matt Leinart 3 7 0 2.33
          Hershel Dennis 3 5 1 1.67
          Andre Woodert 1 4 0 4.00
          Brandon Hance 1 0 0 0.00
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Richard Kovalcheck 32 15 2 165 1 Matt Leinart 35 27 0 280 3
            Desmond Reed 1 1 0 55 0
            Matt Cassel 3 2 0 28 0
            Brandon Hance 1 1 0 6 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Steve Fleming 3 35 1 11.67 Dwayne Jarrett 6 144 2 24.00
Syndric Steptoe 3 27 0 9.00 Jason Mitchell 5 74 0 14.80
Mike Jefferson 1 25 0 25.00 Dominique Byrd 8 72 0 9.00
Clarence McRae 1 24 0 24.00 Lee Webb 1 22 0 22.00
Biren Ealy 1 23 0 23.00 Alex Holmes 3 21 0 7.00
Ricky Williams 1 13 0 13.00 Reggie Bush 4 19 0 4.75
Pedro Limon 1 9 0 9.00 William Buchanon 2 11 0 5.50
Mike Bell 4 9 0 2.25 David Kirtman 1 5 1 5.00
          Desmond Reed 1 1 0 1.00

 

 

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