Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Virginia Tech

Hokies

The BCA Classic

Played August 28, 2004

at FedEx Field in Landover

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

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Overall

Record

Home

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Southern Cal © 9 45 10 3 .802 19 3 2 .833 20 6 1 .759 6 1 0 .857
Virginia Tech 0 0 7 0 .000 0 1 0 .000 0 5 0 .000 0 1 0 .000

 

                        Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

0

7

10

24

Virginia Tech

3

7

0

3

13

 

The top-ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll made their first Belt defense against the Virginia Tech Hokies of coach Frank Beamer in Landover, Maryland at the Black Coaches Association Classic.  The Trojans were 9-time Belt holders while the Hokies had not won a Belt game in 7 tries & were 17-point underdogs here.  Southern Cal used 3 touchdown passes from Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart to All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush to secure a 24-13 win keeping the Hokies winless in Belt games.  Virginia Tech was driving for the first score of the game when Trojan All-Pac 10 LB Lofa Tatupu intercepted Hokie All-ACC QB Bryan Randall & returned it 32 yards to the Virginia Tech 47-yard line.  Five plays later, Leinart hit Bush for a 35-yard touchdown pass & 7-0 Trojan lead.  The Hokies got on the board when All-ACC PK Brandon Pace connected on a 35-yard field goal.  After a missed field goal by PK Ryan Killeen on Southern Cal’s next drive, Virginia Tech went 80 yards in 10 plays with Randall hitting WR Josh Hyman for a 12-yard touchdown pass & 10-7 Hokie lead they took to halftime.  Late in the 3rd quarter, Leinart hit Bush on a 53-yard scoring pass giving the Trojans a 14-10 lead.  Pace added a 42-yard field goal with 7:55 to play as the Hokies closed to 14-13 but the rest of the game was all Southern Cal.  Leinart hit WR Steve Smith for 49 yards & Bush for the 29-yard touchdown on consecutive plays pushing the lead to 21-13.  Randall fumbled when has was sacked by Southern Cal’s All-Pac 10 DT Mike Patterson & CB Ronald Nunn recovered as the Trojans had the ball at the Virginia Tech 26-yard line with just 2:01 to play.  Four plays & 1:07 later, Killeen scored the last points of the game on a 41-yard field goal.  Leinart finished with 272 yards passing with his 3 scores & Bush had 5 catches for 127 yards with his 3 scores.  For Virginia Tech, Randall threw for 153 yards with a touchdown & interception, rushed for 82 yards but was sacked 4 times.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Hokies finished 10-3, ACC Champions, & ranked 10th nationally.  Virginia Tech has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Colorado State

Rams

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 11, 2004

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

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Neutral

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Colorado State 2 3 3 0 .500 1 2 0 .333 2 1 0 .667        
Southern Cal © 9 46 10 3 .805 19 3 2 .833 20 6 1 .759 7 1 0 .875

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Colorado State

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Cal

7

21

14

7

49

 

The top-ranked, 1-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll hosted the 0-1 Colorado State Rams of coach Sonny Lubick.  The Rams had held the Belt in the 1994 & 1995 seasons but this title-holder was nothing like they had faced in the past.  The Trojans used their explosive offense & stifling defense led by All-American DE Shaun Cody to shutout the Rams 49-0.  RB LenDale White rushed for 123 yards & 3 touchdowns on just 14 carries to lead the offense & the defense held Colorado State to 48 yards rushing while forcing 6 turnovers.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart had 231 yards passing with 2 touchdowns & All-American LB Matt Grootegoed had 2 interceptions for the Trojans.  Rams QB Justin Holland threw for 233 yards but had 4 interceptions & was sacked 4 times.  All-MWC TE Joel Dreessen was held to 5 catches for 23 yards with a fumble & WR David Anderson had 9 catches for 137 yards in the losing effort.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Rams finished 4-7.  Colorado State has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Brigham Young

Cougars

Played September 18, 2004

at Lavell Edwards Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

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Away

Record

Neutral

Record

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PCT

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Southern Cal © 9 47 10 3 .808 20 3 2 .840 20 6 1 .759 7 1 0 .875
Brigham Young 2 9 4 0 .692 3 2 0 .600 4 1 0 .800 2 1 0 .667

 

                        Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

21

0

21

42

Brigham Young

0

3

7

0

10

 

The top-ranked, 2-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to Provo to meet the 1-1 Brigham Young Cougars of coach Gary Crowton.  The Cougars were a 2-time Belt champion & had a 7-4 overall record in Belt games but the Trojans were too much for this Brigham Young team.  Southern Cal’s All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush scored twice while the Trojans’ defense held the Cougars to 27 yards rushing & 221 total yards in a 42-10 rout.  Brigham Young took a 3-0 lead when All-American P/PK Matt Payne hit a 46-yard field goal before Bush ignited the Trojans’ offense.  Southern Cal raced to a 21-3 halftime lead as Bush scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart & a 66-yard touchdown run late in the 2nd quarter.  Leinart hit WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 15-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans scored their 21 points in the final 8:30 of the first half.  Brigham Young’s one bright spot came early in the 3rd quarter when QB John Beck hit All-MWC WR Todd Watkins for a 69-yard touchdown pass making the score 21-10 but the rest of the game belonged to Southern Cal.  Leinart threw for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns, Bush added 124 yards rushing on 14 carries to his 2 scores, & RB LenDale White rushed for 110 yards with a touchdown on 17 carries.  All-American DE Shaun Cody had 2 sacks & All-American LB Matt Grootegoed intercepted a pass for the second consecutive game to lead the defense.  Beck had 194 yards passing with a touchdown but 3 interceptions while being sacked 3 times & Watkins was held to 4 catches for 94 yards with his touchdown for the Cougars.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Cougars finished 5-6 in Crowton’s final season.  Brigham Young has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Stanford

Cardinal

Played September 25, 2004

at Stanford Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

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PCT

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PCT

W

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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 Cal’s 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.  Trojans’ CB Kevin Arbet intercepted a pass from Cardinal QB Trent Edwards & returned it 66 yards to the Stanford 2-yard line.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart hit WR Steve Smith on the next play for the touchdown & a 10-0 lead.  Stanford’s 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 Cardinal’s 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 CB T.J. Rushing forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Mike Silva giving the Cardinal the ball at Southern Cal’s 33-yard line.  The Trojans’ defense stopped Stanford at the 11-yard line & they set-up for the 28-yard field goal.  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.A. 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 QB 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.  Bush’s 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 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Cardinal finished 4-7 in Teevens final season.  Stanford would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

California

Golden Bears

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 9, 2004

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

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T

PCT

W

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PCT

W

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PCT

California 2 9 10 0 .474 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500        
Southern Cal © 9 49 10 3 .815 20 3 2 .840 22 6 1 .776 7 1 0 .875

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/27/1979

Southern Cal ©

24

11/1/1980

California

7

California

14

Southern Cal ©

60

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

California

0

10

7

0

17

Southern Cal

10

6

7

0

23

 

The top-ranked, 4-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll welcomed the 7th ranked, 3-0 California Golden Bears of coach Jeff Tedford to the Los Angeles Coliseum.  The Golden Bears were 2-time Belt champions & were the last team to defeat the Trojans, winning 34-31 in triple-overtime the previous season.  The Trojans were riding a 13-game winning streak & had beat California in their two previous Belt match-ups.  Southern Cal survived an outstanding defense performance by the Golden Bears & furious final drive led by All-Pac 10 QB Aaron Rodgers for a 23-17 victory.  California saw their opening drive come to a quick end when RB Desmond Reed fumbled giving the Trojans the ball at the Cal 31-yard line.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart went to work hitting 5 of 7 passes on the 9-play scoring drive.  Leinart hit RB LenDale White on the 5-yard touchdown pass as Southern Cal took a 7-0 lead.  Cal’s next drive was stopped on by a 4th down fumble by Rodgers that was recovered by All-Pac 10 DT Mike Patterson.  Seven plays later, the Trojans had a 10-0 lead after the 31-yard field goal from PK Ryan Killeen.  The Golden Bears were finally able to hold on to the ball long enough to get a 39-yard field goal from PK Tom Schneider.  Things got even worse for the Golden Bears when CB Tim Mixon fumbled the punt & CB Eric Wright recovered for the Trojans at the Cal 16-yard line.  Southern Cal could not move the ball so they had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from Killeen & a 13-3 advantage.  Rodgers finally got the Golden Bears offense rolling with a 9-play, 80-yard drive resulting in a 20-yard touchdown pass to All-Pac 10 WR Geoff McArthur.  With 1:37 left in the half, Leinart was still able to drive the Trojans to the Cal 24-yard line setting up a 42-yard field goal from Killeen as Southern Cal took a 16-10 lead to the locker room.  To open the 2nd half, Leinart hit 3 of 4 passes with WR Dwayne Jarrett making the catch on the 16-yard touchdown pass for a 23-10 Southern Cal lead.  The Golden Bears seemed to have settled down at halftime & Rodgers directed a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by RB Marshawn Lynch scoring on a 2-yard run.  All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to the Cal 16-yard line but CB Harrison Smith intercepted a Leinart pass at the goal line keeping the Trojans from adding to their lead.  On the first play of the 4th quarter, Rodgers second fumble gave the ball back to Southern Cal but their failed 4th down conversion kept the Golden Bears’ hopes alive.  Cal then drove 52 yards but Schneider’s 36-yard field goal attempt was wide right.  The Golden Bears defense forced a punt & Rodgers had 4:31 to travel 65 yards for the go-ahead score.  Rodgers scrambled for 14 yards to open the drive & completed his next pass to WR Burl Toler for a 2-yard gain.  Rodgers hit McArthur for an 11-yard gain & a first down at the Southern Cal 49-yard line.  All-American RB J.J. Arrington got 11 yards on the next snap for another first down & his 1-yard run gave the Golden Bears a 2 & 9 at the Southern Cal 26-yard line.  Rodgers then hit McArthur for 17 yards as Cal now had the ball at the Southern Cal 9-yard line with 1:47 to play.  After an incomplete pass, DT Manuel Wright sacked Rodgers for a 5-yard loss.  Facing 3rd & goal from the Southern Cal 14-yard line, Rodgers’ pass for McArthur fell incomplete & the Golden Bears called their final timeout with 1:21 to play.  On 4th & goal from the 14-yard line Rodgers tried again to hit McArthur but as the receiver made his cut, he appeared to slip slightly & the pass missed his outstretched hands.  Southern Cal had the 23-17 win to extend their win streak as well as their Belt reign.  The Cal defense had held the explosive Trojans offense to 41 yards rushing & 164 yards passing while the offense used 37:11 time of possession to dominate the box score in all aspects except points.  Leinart finished with 164 yards passing with his 2 touchdowns but he did throw an interception & was sacked 4 times.  Rodgers finished completing 29 of 34 passes for 267 yards with a touchdown but he was sacked 5 times & fumbled twice.  Arrington had 112 yards rushing & McArthur added 7 catches for 101 yards to his score.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Golden Bears finished 10-2 & ranked 9th nationally.  California would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

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Arizona State

Sun Devils

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 16, 2004

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

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 State 4 10 7 0 .588 7 5 0 .583 3 2 0 .600        
Southern Cal © 9 50 10 3 .817 21 3 2 .846 22 6 1 .776 7 1 0 .875

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/14/1978

Southern Cal ©

7

10/4/1980

Southern Cal ©

23 10/30/1982

Southern Cal

10

Arizona State

20

Arizona State

21

Arizona State ©

17

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arizona State

0

7

0

0

7

Southern Cal

14

28

0

3

45

 

The 15th ranked, 5-0 Arizona State Sun Devils of coach Dirk Koetter traveled to Los Angeles to battle the top-ranked, 5-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll.  The Sun Devils were 4-time Belt champions coming into the game with a 9-7 record in Belt games with a 2-1 record against Southern Cal in Belt games.  But after 2 close games against Stanford & California, Southern Cal wanted to show their dominance over ranked teams again.  The Trojans used their explosive offense & crushing defense to even their record against the Sun Devils in Belt games & extend their reign to 6 games with a 45-7 win.  WR Dwayne Jarrett made touchdown receptions of 19, 52, & 34 yards, all in the 1st half.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 224 yards with 4 touchdowns on only 13 completions.  One of Jarrett’s touchdown receptions came from All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush who took a pitch then found Jarrett open on a halfback option pass for a 52-yard touchdown.  Jarrett finished with 5 catches for 139 yards with his 3 scores.  The Sun Devils only score came after recovering a fumble by Bush at the Southern Cal 33-yard line.  Eight plays later, RB Hakim Hill scored on a 2-yard run for the Sun Devils only points.  Arizona State QB Andrew Walter had 181 yards passing with 2 interceptions while being sacked 6 times & WR Zach Miller had 8 catches for 102 yards in the losing effort.  The Trojans defense held the Sun Devils to 24 net yards rushing on 30 carries, All-American DE Shaun Cody blocked a field goal, & All-American LB Matt Grootegoed returned an interception 41 yards setting one the Southern Cal touchdowns.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Sun Devils finished 9-3 & ranked 19th nationally.  Arizona State would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Washington

Huskies

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 23, 2004

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

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PCT

W

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L

T

PCT

Washington 10 27 15 0 .643 16 5 0 .762 11 9 0 .550 0 1 0 .000
Southern Cal © 9 51 10 3 .820 22 3 2 .852 22 6 1 .776 7 1 0 .875

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

11/11/1978

Washington ©

10

11/10/1979

Southern Cal ©

24 11/15/1980

Washington

20

Southern Cal

28

Washington

17

Southern Cal ©

10

11/10/1984

Washington ©

7

10/3/1992

Washington

17

Southern Cal

16

Southern Cal ©

10

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Cal

0

10

21

7

38

 

The top-ranked, 6-0 Southern Cal Trojans with coach Pete Carroll hosted the 1-5 Washington Huskies of coach Keith Gilbertson.  Washington holds the record for most title reigns at 10 while Southern Cal holds a 3-2 edge in head-to-head match-ups but this Huskies team was not equipped to deal with the power & speed of the Trojans.  The Trojans’ defense held Washington to 50 yards rushing, 63 yards passing & 6 first downs in the Southern Cal 38-0 shutout.  The Huskies were only in Southern Cal territory once in the game & that drive, started by a recovered fumble at the Southern Cal 36-yard line, resulted in a missed field goal.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 2 touchdowns & RB LenDale White had 2 rushing touchdowns.  The Trojans defense led by All-American LB Matt Grootegoed & All-American DE Shaun Cody held Washington to 0 for 14 on 3rd down conversions.  After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Trojans got a 29-yard field goal from PK Ryan Killeen early in the 2nd quarter.  Leinart then connected with All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush on a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 halftime lead.  White’s first touchdown came on a 3-yard run on the Trojans’ opening drive of the 3rd quarter & Leinart connected with WR Jason Mitchell on a 29-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 24-0.  White’s second touchdown on a 2-yard run made it 31-0 as the teams headed for the 4th quarter.  RB Desmond Reed finished the scoring for Southern Cal with a 28-yard touchdown run.  Leinart finished with 217 yards passing with his 2 scores for the Trojans while Washington QB Isaiah Stanback was held to just 27 yards passing.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Huskies finished 1-10 in Gilbertson’s final season.  Washington would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Washington State

Cougars

Played October 30, 2004

at Martin Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

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PCT

W

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PCT

W

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T

PCT

Southern Cal © 9 52 10 3 .823 23 3 2 .857 22 6 1 .776 7 1 0 .875
Washington State 1 2 7 0 .222 2 2 0 .500 0 5 0 .000        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/13/1973

Washington State

35

9/30/1977

Washington State

7 10/6/1979

Washington State

21

Southern Cal ©

46

Southern Cal ©

41

Southern Cal ©

50

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

21

14

7

0

42

Washington State

0

0

12

0

12

 

The 3-4 Washington State Cougars of coach Bill Doba welcomed to Pullman the top-ranked, 7-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll hoping to end the 7-game reign of The Belt champions. The Cougars had held The Belt only once & had a 2-7 record in Belt games with 3 of the losses coming at the hands of the Trojans.  This battle was never in doubt at Southern Cal scored the first 42 points on their way to a 42-12 victory.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns, both to WR Dwayne Jarrett.  The Trojans running backs were just as dominate as RB LenDale White added 2 scores & All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush scored a rushing touchdown as well as returned a punt 57 yards for another touchdown.  The defense again shined holding the Cougars to –9 yards rushing, claimed 4 turnovers & sacked Washington State QB Alex Brink 5 times.  The leading rusher for the Cougars turned out to be P Kyle Basler who ran 17 yards on a fake punt.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Cougars finished 5-6.  Washington State would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Oregon State

Beavers

Played November 6, 2004

at Reser Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

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T

PCT

W

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T

PCT

W

L

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PCT

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T

PCT

Southern Cal © 9 53 10 3 .826 23 3 2 .857 23 6 1 .783 7 1 0 .875
Oregon State 1 1 11 0 .083 0 7 0 .000 1 4 0 .250        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/6/1973

Southern Cal ©

21

9/17/1977

Southern Cal ©

17 9/15/1979

Southern Cal ©

42

Oregon State

7

Oregon State

10

Oregon State

5

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

7

7

14

28

Oregon State

6

7

0

7

20

 

The top-ranked, 8-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to Corvalis to meet the 4-4 Oregon State Beavers of coach Mike Riley who were on a 3-game winning streak.  Although the Beavers had held the Belt once, they had a 1-11 record in Belt games including 3 losses to the Trojans.  Oregon State jumped to a 13-0 lead before the Trojans literally rallied from the fog for a 28-20 victory extending their Belt reign to 9 games.  The Beavers got field goals of 25 & 33 yards from PK Alexis Serna to take a 6-0 lead into the 2nd quarter.  Oregon State extended the lead with a 7-play, 65-yard drive that was finished when QB Derek Anderson hit WR Marcel Love with an 8-yard touchdown pass & the 13-0 lead.  After the teams exchanged punts, All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush highlighted a 5-play, 77-yard scoring drive with a 44-yard run.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart hit TE Dominique Byrd for the final 18 yards but the Trojans still went to the locker room down 13-7.  On the Beavers’ opening drive of the 2nd half, Southern Cal’s All-Pac 10 LB Lofa Tatupu intercepted Anderson’s pass returning it to midfield.  Five plays later, Leinart & Byrd connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass giving the Trojans a 14-13 lead.  Early in the 4th quarter, Bush gave the Trojans a 21-13 lead with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.  The Southern Cal defense held again forcing another Oregon State punt.  With 11:01 to play as the drive opened, Leinart hit TE Alex Holmes for a 48-yard gain setting up RB LenDale White carries on 5 of the next 6 plays.  White scored from 5 yards as the Trojans pushed the lead to 28-13.  Anderson was able to find WR Josh Hawkins for a 36-yard touchdown but with only 2:36 left in the game Southern Cal recovered the on-side kick & ran out the clock.  Leinart finished with 205 yards passing with 2 touchdowns & White added 116 yards rushing to his score. For the Beavers, Anderson threw for 330 yards with 2 touchdowns but was intercepted twice & sacked twice while All-Pac 10 WR Mike Hass added 8 catches for 119 yards in the losing effort.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Beavers finished 7-5.  Oregon State has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

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

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PCT

W

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PCT

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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.  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.  White scored on runs of 3, 2, & 6 yards to lead the Trojan rushing attack.  All-Pac 10 LB Lofa Tatupu led the Southern Cal defense with 11 tackles including 1 ½ sacks as the Wildcats were held to 90 yards rushing & converted only 2 of 12 third down chances.  The Wildcats only points came on a 48-yard field goal by PK Nick Folk in the 1st quarter & a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Richard Kovalcheck to WR Steve Fleming in the 3rd quarter.  For the Trojans, White finished with 118 yards rushing with his 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 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Wildcats finished 3-8.  Arizona would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played November 27, 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

Notre Dame 3 10 8 0 .556 3 3 0 .500 6 4 0 .600 1 1 0 .500
Southern Cal © 9 55 10 3 .831 24 3 2 .862 24 6 1 .790 7 1 0 .875

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/27/1973

Southern Cal ©

14

11/27/1976

Notre Dame

13 11/25/1978

Notre Dame

25

Notre Dame

23

Southern Cal ©

17

Southern Cal ©

27

10/20/1979

Southern Cal ©

42

11/24/1990

Notre Dame

10

Notre Dame

23

Southern Cal ©

6

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Notre Dame

7

3

0

0

10

Southern Cal

3

14

10

14

41

 

The top-ranked, 10-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll welcomed the 6-4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish of coach Ty Willingham to Los Angeles for their annual battle.  The Fighting Irish were 3-time Belt champions with a 10-8 record in Belt games & this would be the first Belt match-up between Notre Dame & Southern Cal since 1990 with the Trojans holding a 3-2 edge in head-to-head games.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw 5 touchdown passes leading Southern Cal to a 41-10 rout for The Belt & the Jeweled Shillelagh.  The Irish started strong with a 13-play, 92-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass from QB Brady Quinn to TE Billy Palmer.  The Trojans responded with a 39-yard field goal from PK Ryan Killeen.  Notre Dame PK D.J. Fitzpatrick hit a 28-yard field goal as the Irish took a 10-3 lead but then the Southern Cal defense stiffened & the offense started hitting on all cylinders.  Leinart led a 7-play, 80-yard drive connecting with WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.  After a Notre Dame punt, Leinart hit Jarrett for a 57-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans took a 17-10 lead to halftime.  The 2nd half was all Southern Cal with Killeen hitting a 42-yard field goal & Leinart hitting All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush on a 69-yard touchdown pass to finish the 3rd quarter giving Southern Cal a 27-10 lead.  The 4th quarter was more of the same as Leinart hit WR Steve Smith for a 35-yard touchdown pass & WR Jason Mitchell on a 23-yard touchdown pass.  Leinart finished with 400 yards passing with his 5 touchdowns & Jarrett added 6 catches for 102 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  Quinn was held to 105 yards passing with a touchdown while being sacked 3 times for the Irish.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Fighting Irish finished 6-6 in Willingham’s final season.  Notre Dame would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

UCLA

Bruins

Played December 4, 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

Southern Cal © 9 56 10 3 .833 25 3 2 .867 24 6 1 .790 7 1 0 .875
UCLA 9 26 13 3 .655 14 7 0 .667 10 6 3 .605 2 0 0 1.000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

11/20/1976

Southern Cal

24

11/18/1978

Southern Cal ©

17 11/24/1979

UCLA

14

UCLA ©

14

UCLA

10

Southern Cal ©

49

11/17/1984

Southern Cal ©

10

11/23/1985

UCLA ©

13

UCLA

29

Southern Cal

17

11/17/1990

Southern Cal

45

11/21/1992

Southern Cal ©

37

UCLA ©

42

UCLA

38

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

10

10

3

6

29

UCLA

0

10

7

7

24

 

The top-ranked, 11-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll met the 6-4 UCLA Bruins of coach Karl Dorrell in their annual Victory Bell battle.  The Bruins were the last team to beat the Trojans for The Belt winning the 1992 game 38-37 &, as 9-time champions, had a 2-4 record against Southern Cal in Belt games.  Trojans' All-Pac 10 RB Reggie Bush had 2 long touchdown runs, PK Ryan Killeen hit 5 field goals, & the defense held UCLA to 17 yards rushing as Southern Cal extended their Belt reign to 12 games with a 29-24 win.  Southern Cal started early as Bush took a handoff on the second snap of the game 65 yards for a touchdown & a 7-0 lead.  Killeen hit a field goal from 37 yards as the Trojans led 10-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter.  UCLA got on the board when WR Craig Bragg returned a punt 96 yards for a touchdown.  After a UCLA missed field goal, Bush took a handoff 81 yards for another touchdown.  UCLA All-Pac 10 PK Justin Medlock hit a 43-yard field goal & Killeen connected from 42 yards as the teams went to halftime with Southern Cal leading 20-10.  Killeen’s third field goal came from 34 yards with 7:02 left in the 3rd quarter.  The Bruins put together a 7-play, 81-yard drive with RB Manuel White scoring from 9 yards as UCLA closed to 23-17 at the end of the period.  The 4th quarter saw Killeen hit from 36 & 34 yards for a 29-17 Trojan edge.  The Bruins again put together a long drive, 7 plays & 80 yards, with QB Drew Olson connecting with WR Marcedes Lewis on the 4-yard touchdown pass.  The Bruins’ last chance ended when Southern Cal S Jason Leach intercepted an Olson pass & the Trojans ran out the clock.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 242 yards but was intercepted once & sacked 3 times while Bush finished with 204 yards rushing with his 2 scores.  Olson finished with 278 yards passing with a touchdown, 2 interceptions, & 3 sacks.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Bruins finished 6-6.  UCLA would play for The Belt again in 2005.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Oklahoma

Sooners

The Orange Bowl

Played January 4, 2005

at the Orange Bowl

Miami, Florida

  

 

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 57 10 3 .836 25 3 2 .867 25 6 1 .797 7 1 0 .875
Oklahoma 1 2 4 1 .357 1 2 0 .333 1 2 1 .375        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

9/29/1973

Oklahoma

7

9/19/1992

Southern Cal

20

Southern Cal ©

7

Oklahoma ©

10

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

14

24

10

7

55

Oklahoma

7

3

0

9

19

 

The top-ranked, 12-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll met the 2nd ranked, 12-0 Oklahoma Sooners of coach Bob Stoops in the BCS Championship game.  The game was again mired in controversy as Oklahoma was chosen for the game instead of Auburn who had come through the SEC, arguably the strongest conference in college football, undefeated.  Oklahoma was chosen since they had been ranked higher in the preseason polls & with the reduction of the significance of the computer rankings the Sooners publicity won the title shot.  This coupled with Texas being chosen for a BCS game over California after some Texas sportswriters changed their last vote of the season, caused the Associated Press to withdraw their poll from the BCS process.  Auburn beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl assuring another disputed BCS National Champion.  As for the Orange Bowl, it proved anti-climactic; the Sooners had no answers for the explosive Southern Cal offense & the Trojans’ defense forced 5 turnovers in the 55-19 rout.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American QB Matt Leinart threw for 332 yards with 5 touchdowns including 4 in the 1st half when the Trojans took a 38-10 lead.  Oklahoma All-Big 12 QB Jason White, who had won the Heisman Trophy the previous season, had 244 yards passing with 2 touchdowns but was intercepted 3 times & sacked twice.  The Sooners actually scored the first touchdown of the game with a 12-play, 92-yard drive capped when White hit WR Travis Wilson for a 5-yard touchdown pass & they scored the last touchdown of the game on a 9-yard pass from White to Wilson; in between, the Trojans outscored the Sooners 55-5.  WR Steve Smith caught 3 touchdown passes & RB LenDale White scored twice as the Trojans coasted to their 13th consecutive successful Belt defense.  For the Trojans, White added 118 yard rushing to his 2 scores, Smith had 7 catches for 113 yards with his 3 scores, & WR Dwayne Jarrett added 5 catches for 115 yards with a 54-yard touchdown reception.  All-Pac 10 LB Lofa Tatupu had 12 tackles & forced a fumble while S Darnell Bing added 10 tackles as the Trojans defense harassed the Sooners into submission.  Southern Cal finished the season 13-0; Pac 10 Champions & National Champions while the Sooners finished 12-1, Big 12 Champions & ranked 3rd nationally.  Oklahoma would play for The Belt again in 2008.

 

 

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