Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Stanford

Cardinal

Played September 25, 2004

at Stanford Stadium

Stanford, 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

Southern Cal © 9 48 10 3 .811 20 3 2 .840 21 6 1 .768 7 1 0 .875
Stanford 1 2 6 1 .278 1 3 0 .250 1 3 1 .300        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/13/1979

Stanford

21

11/8/1980

Southern Cal ©

34

Southern Cal ©

21

Stanford

9

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

10

7

7

7

31

Stanford

7

21

0

0

28

 

The top-ranked, 3-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll met the 2-0 Stanford Cardinal of coach Buddy Teevens.  Stanford had held the Belt once, in 1982 when they defeated Ohio State, & their 2-6-1 record in Belt games includes a tie with Southern Cal in 1979 when the Trojans were in the midst of their 24-game Belt reign.  Stanford dominated the 1st half before Southern Calís defense stiffened & the Trojans rallied for a 31-28 victory.  Things looked normal for the Trojans as they took their opening drive 69 yards in 11 plays for a 23-yard field goal from PK Ryan Killeen & a 3-0 lead.  Trojansí CB Kevin Arbet intercepted a pass from Cardinal's QB Trent Edwards & returned it 66 yards to the Stanford 2-yard line.  Southern Cal's Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart hit WR Steve Smith on the next play for the touchdown & a 10-0 lead.  Stanfordís offense went to work on their next drive.  Edwards' 3-yard touchdown pass to WR Evan Moore capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive as Stanford closed to 10-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.  The Cardinalís next possession again saw a long drive, 76 yards in 15 plays, finished by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to TE Patrick Danahy giving Stanford a 14-10 edge.  On the next snap, Leinart connected with Smith for a 36-yard gain but Stanford's All-Pac 10 CB T.J. Rushing forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Mike Silva giving the Cardinal the ball at Southern Calís 33-yard line.  The Trojansí defense stopped Stanford at the 11-yard line & they set-up for the 28-yard field goal.  Cardinal's WR Kyle Matter holding for the kick, instead picked up the ball & ran the final 11 yards for a 21-10 Cardinal lead with 3:00 left in the half.  Leinart went to work with the 2-minute offense & after 4 completions, 3 to Smith, All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush ran the final 17 yards for touchdown as the Trojans closed to 21-17 with just 0:52 left in the half.  Most expected Stanford to run out the clock, but instead RB J.R. Lemon broke loose on a run up the middle & scored with an 82-yard touchdown run as time expired.  Stanford had a 28-17 lead as the teams went to the locker rooms.  Southern Cal made several defensive adjustments at the half & held Stanford to 26 total yards in the 2nd half.  The Trojan offense though continued its ball-control keeping the ball for 17:23 of the 2nd half.  Leinart hit Smith for a 51-yard pass & then the quarterback finished the 4-play, 63-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to get the Trojans to within a 28-24 score with 3:06 left in the 3rd quarter.  Bushís 33-yard punt return to the Stanford 41-yard line started the 8-play go-ahead drive with RB LenDale White scoring from 2 yards as Southern Cal took a 31-28 lead with 6:15 to play in the game.  The Cardinal was again forced to punt & the Trojans ran out the final 3:30 with five runs by Bush.  Leinart finished with 308 yards passing with a touchdown & Smith added 153 yards on 8 catches to his score.  Edwards finished with 183 yards passing with 2 touchdowns & 1 interception but was sacked 3 times while All-Pac 10 TE Alex Smith was held to 5 catches for 45 yards for the Cardinal.  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 Cardinal finished 4-7 in Teevens final season.  Stanford would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

Southern Cal Game Stats Stanford Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Reggie Bush 16 95 1 5.94 J.R. Lemon 10 96 1 9.60
LenDale White 11 24 1 2.18 Kenneth Tolon 9 26 0 2.89
Hershel Dennis 1 1 0 1.00 Kyle Matter 1 11 1 11.00
Matt Leinart 4 -16 1 -4.00 Trent Edwards 10 11 0 1.10
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Matt Leinart 30 24 0 308 1 Trent Edwards 35 23 1 183 2
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Steve Smith 8 153 1 19.13 Evan Moore 5 47 1 9.40
Dwayne Jarrett 5 54 0 10.80 Alex Smith 5 45 0 9.00
Alex Holmes 2 29 0 14.50 Justin McCullum 5 36 0 7.20
Chris McFoy 2 28 0 14.00 Mark Bradford 4 30 0 7.50
Reggie Bush 4 25 0 6.25 David Marrero 3 23 0 7.67
Fred Davis 1 15 0 15.00 Patrick Danahy 1 2 1 2.00
David Kirtman 2 4 0 2.00          

 

 

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