Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Hawaii

Warriors

Played September 3, 2005

at Aloha Stadium

  

 

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 58 10 3 .838 25 3 2 .867 25 6 1 .797 8 1 0 .889
Hawaii 0 0 3 0 .000 0 3 0 .000                

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

12/2/1978

Southern Cal ©

21

Hawaii

5

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

14

28

14

63

Hawaii

3

0

7

7

17

 

The top-ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to Honolulu to meet the Hawaii Warriors of coach June Jones in the season opener for both teams.  The Trojans wasted little time in letting the rest of the nation know they had no intention of giving up The Belt without a supreme effort from any challenger.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart threw for 332 yards with 3 touchdowns, All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett added 3 touchdown receptions & the Trojans’ defense held Hawaii to 60 yards rushing as Southern Cal successfully defended The Belt with a 63-17 rout of the Warriors.  It seemed early on that Hawaii was ready for a fight but 4:28 into their first drive All-Pac 10 S Darnell Bing intercepted a pass from Warriors’ QB Colt Brennan, who was Leinart’s back-up in high school, & returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.  Hawaii did manage a 16-play, 67-yard drive that resulted in a field goal from PK Dan Kelly & only trailed 7-3 at the start of the 2nd quarter.  Leinart opened the quarter by finishing an 8-play, 76-yard scoring drive in just 2:38 with Jarrett making a 22-yard touchdown reception for the score.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush got into the act with a 41-yard touchdown run midway through the 2nd quarter as the Trojans took a 21-3 lead to the locker room.  Whatever adjustments Carroll made at halftime resulted in instant offense as the Trojans scored 4 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach.  Leinart connected with Jarrett on a 28-yard touchdown pass & with WR Steve Smith on a 67-yard strike while Hawaii got a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brennan to RB Bryan Maneafaiga sandwiched between the Southern Cal touchdown passes for the only Warrior points of the quarter.  Bush added his second touchdown on a 1-yard run & RB Desmond Reed recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick-off before returning it 15 yards for another score.  The 4th quarter saw Southern Cal back-ups continue to control the tempo.  QB John David Booty hit Jarrett for a 2-yard touchdown pass & Reed scored on a 29-yard touchdown run.  The Warriors final points came when QB Tyler Graunke connected with RB David Farmer for a 7-yard touchdown pass.  Smith had 7 catches for 185 yards to go with his score & Jarrett’s 7 catches for 88 yards resulted in his 3 touchdowns.  Brennan finished with 250 yards passing but was sacked 3 times & WR Ross Dickerson had 5 catches for 116 yards for the Warriors in the losing effort.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Warriors finished 5-7.  Hawaii has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Arkansas

Razorbacks

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 17, 2005

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

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PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Arkansas 0 0 2 0 .000 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 9 59 10 3 .840 25 3 2 .867 26 6 1 .803 8 1 0 .889

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

9/15/1973

Arkansas

0

Southern Cal ©

17

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arkansas

7

3

0

7

17

Southern Cal

28

14

14

14

70

 

The 1-1 Arkansas Razorbacks of coach Houston Nutt traveled to Los Angeles to meet the top-ranked, 1-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll.  The Trojans scored four touchdowns in the 1st quarter & totaled 736 offensive yards for the game on their way to a 70-17 victory.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart threw for 381 yards with 4 touchdowns & Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush rushed for 125 yards with 2 touchdowns in the victory.  Bush opened the scoring with a 76-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball.  The Razorbacks tied the game with a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Robert Johnson to WR Marcus Monk.  Bush’s second touch resulted in a 29-yard touchdown reception from Leinart.  Leinart connected with All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 24-yard touchdown pass & then scored on a 17-yard touchdown run as the Trojans took a 28-7 lead into the 2nd quarter.  Arkansas PK Chris Balseiro scored the only Razorback points of the 2nd quarter with a 31-yard field goal but the Trojans had no intention of slowing down their offense.  RB LenDale White scored on a 3-yard touchdown run & Jarrett caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Leinart as Southern Cal pushed their lead to 42-10 at the half.  The 3rd quarter saw touchdowns from White on a 1-yard touchdown run & a 21-yard touchdown pass from Leinart to RB David Kirtman for a 56-10 Southern Cal lead.  The back-ups took over in the 4th quarter for the Trojans but the scoring never stopped.  QB John David Booty hit WR Patrick Turner for a 21-yard touchdown pass & QB Michael McDonald hit TE Jimmy Miller for a 4-yard touchdown.  The Razorbacks only other score came on a 5-yard touchdown pass from QB Alex Mortensen to Monk.  WR Steve Smith added 4 catches for 129 yards for the Trojans & All-SEC RB Darren McFadden tallied 88 yards rushing for Arkansas.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Razorbacks finished 4-7.  Arkansas would play for The Belt again in 2007.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Oregon

Ducks

Played September 24, 2005

at Autzen Stadium

  

 

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 60 10 3 .842 26 3 2 .871 26 6 1 .803 8 1 0 .889
Oregon 0 0 9 1 .050 0 3 1 .125 0 5 0 .000 0 1 0 .000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/20/1973

Oregon

10

10/18/1980

Southern Cal ©

7

11/30/1985

Mirage Bowl

Southern Cal ©

20

Southern Cal ©

31

Oregon

7

Oregon

6

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

10

21

14

45

Oregon

10

3

0

0

13

 

The top-ranked, 2-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to Eugene to meet the 24th ranked, 3-0 Oregon Ducks of coach Mike Bellotti in the Pac 10 opener for both teams.  After a slow start in which the Ducks jumped to a 13-0 lead, Southern Cal erupted for 35 points in the 2nd half while the Trojans’ defense held Oregon to just 65 yards rushing in a 45-13 Southern Cal win to retain The Belt in their 16th consecutive successful defense.  Oregon opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal from PK Paul Martinez.  The Ducks added to the lead with a 5-play, 62-yard drive culminating in a 36-yard touchdown pass from QB Kellen Clemens to WR Demetrius Williams.  Martinez connected on a 48-yard field goal as the Oregon crowd started to sense an upset of the champions; Southern Cal had other thoughts.  Once the Trojans’ offense started clicking, the game turned quickly.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart connected with Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush on a 19-yard touchdown pass & PK Mario Danelo added a 36-yard field goal as the teams went to halftime with Oregon leading 13-10 but momentum clearly on the side of Southern Cal.  The Trojans opened the 2nd half with a 5-play, 76-yard drive in just 1:46 with Leinart hitting All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett for the 11-yard touchdown pass.  RB LenDale White finished a 61-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run & Leinart connected again with Jarrett on a 6-yard touchdown pass to finish a 64-yard drive as the 3rd quarter ended with the Trojans holding a 31-13 advantage.  A 5-play, 84-yard drive was capped with an 11-yard touchdown run by Bush & White finished the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter.  The Trojans’ five touchdown drives in the 2nd half averaged 64 yards, 7 plays, & less than 3 minutes.  Leinart finished with 315 yards passing to go with his 3 touchdowns, Bush added 122 yards rushing to his 2 scores, & White rushed for 111 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  Clemens finished with 168 yards passing with a touchdown but was sacked twice for the Ducks.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Ducks finished 10-2 & ranked 13th nationally.  Oregon has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Arizona State

Sun Devils

Played October 1, 2005

at Sun Devil Stadium

  

 

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 61 10 3 .845 26 3 2 .871 27 6 1 .809 8 1 0 .889
Arizona State 4 10 8 0 .556 7 5 0 .583 3 3 0 .500        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/14/1978

Southern Cal ©

7

10/4/1980

Southern Cal ©

23

Arizona State

20

Arizona State

21

10/30/1982

Southern Cal

10

10/16/2004

Arizona State

7

Arizona State ©

17

Southern Cal ©

45

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

3

14

21

38

Arizona State

7

14

0

7

28

 

The top-ranked, 3-0 Southern Cal Trojans & coach Pete Carroll traveled to Tempe to meet the 14th ranked, 3-1 Arizona State Sun Devils of coach Dirk Koetter.  This game fell into a familiar pattern for the Trojans as Arizona State took a 21-3 halftime lead only to watch Southern Cal score 35 points in the 2nd half to claim a 38-28 win.  Southern Cal RB LenDale White & Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush combined for 355 yards rushing with 4 touchdowns as the Trojans amassed 631 yards of total offense.  The teams combined for 1046 yards of total offense but 5 interceptions of Sun Devils’ QB Sam Keller by the Trojans’ defense helped to spell the difference in the game.  The only points of the 1st quarter came when All-Pac 10 KR Terry Richardson returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown as Arizona State took a 7-0 lead.  PK Mario Danelo accounted for the Trojans only points of the 1st half with a 36-yard field goal.  Keller connected with TE Jamaal Lewis on a 7-yard touchdown pass as the Sun Devils pushed the lead to 14-3.  After a Southern Cal punt, Keller led a 4-play, 55-yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run for RB Keegan Herring as Arizona State finished the 1st half with a 21-3 advantage.  The Trojans halftime adjustments seemed to have the desired effect as All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart led a 7-play, 80-yard drive to open the 3rd quarter with White scoring on a 32-yard touchdown run.  Arizona State got the ball back when Southern Cal All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett fumbled but CB Justin Wyatt intercepted Keller’s pass on the next play giving the Trojans the ball back at their own 36-yard line.  Four plays later, Bush scored on a 24-yard touchdown run & Southern Cal had closed to within 4 points at 21-17.  Midway through the 4th quarter, the Trojans took the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run by Leinart.  The Sun Devils responded immediately with a 10-play, 70-yard drive with Keller connecting with TE Lee Burghgraef on a 1-yard touchdown pass for a 28-24 Arizona State lead.  With just 5:57 to play, Southern Cal’s explosive offense again showed why they are Belt holders with a 5-play, 80-yard drive in just 2:13 as Bush scored on a 34-yard run for a 31-28 Trojan advantage.  Keller’s 4th interception came 0:12 later when Southern Cal S Kevin Ellison caught a pass that went through the hands of All-Pac 10 WR Derek Hagan giving the Trojans the ball back at their own 44-yard line.  Three plays later, White took a handoff & raced 46 yards for the clinching score.  Keller got the Sun Devils back inside the Southern Cal 10-yard line but with 0:53 left, CB John Walker made his second interception of the day on Keller’s pass allowing the Trojans to run out the clock.  White finished with 197 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns & Bush added 158 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  For Arizona State, Keller finished with 347 yards passing with 2 touchdowns but 5 interceptions while being sacked 5 times & Hagan had 10 catches for 162 yards.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Sun Devils finished 7-5.  Arizona State has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Arizona

Wildcats

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 8, 2005

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 5 13 13 0 .500 6 4 0 .600 6 9 0 .400 1 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal © 9 62 10 3 .847 26 3 2 .871 28 6 1 .814 8 1 0 .889

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

11/3/1979

Arizona

7

10/11/1980

Southern Cal ©

27

Southern Cal ©

20

Arizona

10

11/14/1992

Arizona

7

11/13/2004

Arizona

9

Southern Cal

14

Southern Cal ©

49

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Arizona

7

0

14

0

21

Southern Cal

7

7

14

14

42

 

The top-ranked, 4-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll welcomed the 1-3 Arizona Wildcats of coach Mike Stoops to the Coliseum for their Pac 10 battle.  The Wildcats were 5-time Belt holders but had lost last year’s match-up with the Trojans 49-9.  Another slow 1st half offensively was no impediment for the champions as RB LenDale White scored 4 touchdowns while the offense totals 724 total yards & the Trojans’ defense held Arizona to just 64 yards rushing leading Southern Cal to a 42-21 victory.  The Wildcats had no answer for White last season either when he scored 3 touchdowns in the rout.  White capped a 13-play, 96-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run as the Trojans took a 7-0 on their first possession.  The Wildcats got on the board late in the 1st quarter when QB Richard Kovalcheck connected with TE Brad Wood for a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7.  The only points for either team in the 2nd quarter came on another long Trojan drive.  Southern Cal took 14 plays to go 88 yards with All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart, who threw for 360 yards, hitting All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 22-yard touchdown pass as the teams went to halftime with Southern Cal leading 14-7.  As had become typical for this Southern Cal team, a scoring drive opened the 2nd half.  White’s second touchdown came on a 2-yard run to finish the 9-play, 83-yard drive giving Southern Cal a 21-7 advantage.  Arizona stayed close when Kovalcheck hit WR Mike Thomas on a 42-yard touchdown pass but Southern Cal’s next possession resulted in a 7-play, 80-yard drive with White scoring his third touchdown of the day on a 1-yard run for a 28-14 Southern Cal lead.  A 56-yard pass from Leinart to WR Steve Smith to putting the ball at the Arizona 11-yard line highlighted the scoring drive.  The stubborn Wildcats stayed in the game when WR Syndric Steptoe returned the ensuing kick-off 63 yards to the Southern Cal 22-yard line.  Six plays later, Kovalcheck connected with RB Gilbert Harris on a 1-yard touchdown pass & the Wildcats were within 28-21 at the start of the 4th quarter.  Another 80-yard drive followed for the Trojans with Leinart connecting with Jarrett on another touchdown, this one from 29 yards, for a 35-21 edge.  Arizona’s hopes of an upset ended on their next possession as Trojan S Ryan Ting intercepted a Kovalcheck pass at the Southern Cal 4-yard line.  The Trojans then went 96 yards in just 2:00 with Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush providing the big play with a 65-yard run before White’s fourth touchdown of the day came on a 6-yard run.  For Southern Cal, White finished with 179 yards rushing with his 4 touchdowns, Bush added 110 yards rushing, Jarrett finished with 9 catches for 116 yards with his 2 scores, & Smith totaled 7 catches for 135 yards.  For Arizona, Kovalcheck threw for 181 yards with 3 touchdowns but the Wildcats only had the ball for 23:00 of the game compared to the Trojans’ 37:00.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Wildcats finished 3-8.  Arizona has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Played October 15, 2005

at Notre Dame Stadium

  

 

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 63 10 3 .849 27 3 2 .875 28 6 1 .814 8 1 0 .889
Notre Dame 3 10 9 0 .526 3 3 0 .500 6 5 0 .545 1 1 0 .500

 

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 11/27/2004

Notre Dame

10

Notre Dame

23

Southern Cal ©

6

Southern Cal ©

41

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

14

0

7

13

34

Notre Dame

7

14

0

10

31

 

The top-ranked, 5-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to South Bend for their annual battle with Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish of coach Charlie Weis stood 4-1 & ranked 9th nationally.  Weis was in his first year as Head Coach having been the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots & had been dubbed this season’s “offensive genius” by many around the nation.  Both teams played at a level indicative of champions but Southern Cal’s All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart was the difference in the game as his quarterback sneak for a touchdown on 4th down gave the Trojans a hard fought 34-31 win for The Belt & the Jeweled Shillelagh.  Southern Cal took the lead in the 1st quarter when Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown run.  Notre Dame responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 16-yard touchdown run by RB Travis Thomas to tie the game 7-7.  The Trojans wasted little time in taking back the lead.  Leinart connected with TE Dominique Byrd for a 52-yard completion to the Notre Dame 9-yard line & 2 plays later, RB LenDale White scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 advantage at the end of the 1st quarter.  The 2nd quarter was all Notre Dame as QB Brady Quinn engineered a 10-play, 72-yard drive with the touchdown coming on a 32-yard pass to All-American WR Jeff Samardzija as the Fighting Irish tied the score at 14-14.  Southern Cal was unable to move on their next drive & when S Tom Zbikowski received the punt, he returned it 60 yards for the go ahead touchdown giving Notre Dame a 21-14 halftime edge.  The 3rd quarter saw only one score coming when Bush broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21-21.  The Fighting Irish took back the lead with a 32-yard field goal from PK D.J. Fitzpatrick but when he missed a 35-yard field goal attempt, the momentum seemed to shift to the Trojans.  Leinart led the 10-play, 80-yard drive with Bush scoring on a 9-yard touchdown run as Southern Cal took a 28-24 lead with just 5:09 to play in the game.  The next drive saw Quinn establish himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate as he led an 8-play, 87-yard drive running the last 5 yards for the touchdown himself.  On the drive, Quinn was 4 for 4 passing for 53 yards as the upset appeared eminent with just 2:04 to play & Notre Dame leading 31-28.  From the Southern Cal 25-yard line, Leinart started what became a winning but controversial touchdown drive.  Facing 4th & 9 from his own 26-yard line with just 1:32 left, Leinart called an audible pass for All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett who was streaking down the left sideline.  Leinart hit him in stride & Jarrett had gained 61 yards before Fighting Irish CB Ambrose Wooden pulled him down at the Notre Dame 13-yard line.  Four plays later, Leinart tried to run to the left & dive into the end zone but was stopped short of the goal-line but more importantly, he had fumbled the ball as he was hit but the ball went out of bounds while the clock continued to run.  Carroll appealed for time to be put back & the officials agreed putting 0:07 on the clock, placing the ball inside the 1-yard line.  Facing a 2nd down but only down by 3 points, many thought Leinart would simply spike the ball to stop the clock & give the Trojans a chance at the tying field goal.  Instead, Leinart turned to Bush & called a quarterback sneak.  Although stopped on the initial effort, Leinart got into the end zone when Bush helped to push him across with just 0:03 left for a 34-31 victory.  Leinart finished with 301 yards passing, Bush added 160 yards rushing to his 3 touchdowns & Jarrett caught 4 passes for 101 yards.  Quinn finished with 264 yards passing with a touchdown to lead the Fighting Irish.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Fighting Irish finished 9-3 & ranked 9th nationally.  Notre Dame has not played for The Belt again.

 

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Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Washington

Huskies

Played October 22, 2005

at Husky Stadium

  

 

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 64 10 3 .851 27 3 2 .875 29 6 1 .819 8 1 0 .889
Washington 10 27 16 0 .628 16 5 0 .762 11 10 0 .524 0 1 0 .000

 

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 10/23/2004

Washington

0

Southern Cal

16

Southern Cal ©

10

Southern Cal ©

38

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

14

23

7

7

51

Washington

10

7

0

7

24

 

The top-ranked, 6-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll traveled to Seattle to meet the 1-5 Washington Huskies of first-year coach Ty Willingham.  Washington has the record for most Belt reigns at 10 each but this Husky team was not as talented as the Belt holders of their past.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart threw 4 touchdown passes, All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett caught 3 of those scores & the defense held Washington to just 59 yards rushing in a 51-24 Trojan victory.  Things might have been different for the Huskies but after a 92-yard kick-off return by WR Marlon Wood to the Southern Cal 8-yard line, Washington had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by PK Evan Knudson.  The Trojans responded with a 12-play, 85-yard scoring drive with Leinart hitting WR Steve Smith on an 8-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 Southern Cal lead.  The Huskies came right back with a 12-play, 80-yard drive of their own with QB Isaiah Stanback connecting with WR Craig Chambers on an 8-yard touchdown pass.  Trojan All-Pac 10 S Darnell Bing returned the ensuing kick-off 68 yards to the Washington 24-yard line & 2 plays later Leinart hit Jarrett for a 24-yard touchdown for a 14-10 Southern Cal lead at the start of the 2nd quarter.  Trojan CB Justin Wyatt recovered a Stanback fumble at the Washington 30-yard line before Leinart hit Jarrett for 24 yards & then Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush scored on a 6-yard touchdown run for a 20-10 Southern Cal edge.  After the next Husky drive stalled, Bush returned the punt 84 yards for a touchdown & 27-10 Trojan lead.  All-Pac 10 DE Frostee Rucker recovered another Stanback fumble at the Washington 20-yard line & five plays later, Leinart hit Jarrett on a 7-yard touchdown pass for a 34-10 lead.  The Huskies held on to the ball long enough to put together a 13-play, 80-yard drive with Stanback scoring on a 1-yard keeper for a 34-17 Southern Cal advantage.  A 30-yard field goal by PK Mario Danelo as time expired in the 1st half gave Southern Cal a 37-17 edge as the teams went to the locker rooms.  Leinart & Jarrett accounted for the only points of the 3rd quarter when they hit on a 7-yard touchdown pass for a 44-17 lead.  Washington got their final score when S Dashon Goldson intercepted Southern Cal QB John David Booty & returned it 76 yards for a touchdown giving the Trojans a 44-24 lead.  After Southern Cal recovered the Washington on-side kick, Booty rallied to lead a 5-play, 42-yard drive connecting with WR Patrick Turner for a 31-yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring.  Leinart finished with 201 yards passing with his 4 touchdowns while Stanback threw for 201 yards with a touchdown but was sacked 4 times & fumbled twice for Washington.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Huskies finished 2-9.  Washington has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Washington State

Cougars

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played October 29, 2005

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

Washington State 1 2 8 0 .200 2 3 0 .400 0 5 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 9 65 10 3 .853 27 3 2 .875 30 6 1 .824 8 1 0 .889

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/13/1973

Washington State

35

9/30/1977

Washington State

7

Southern Cal ©

46

Southern Cal ©

41

10/6/1979

Washington State

21

10/30/2004

Southern Cal ©

42

Southern Cal ©

50

Washington State

12

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Washington State

6

0

0

7

13

Southern Cal

28

10

3

14

55

 

The 3-4 Washington State Cougars of coach Bill Doba came to Los Angeles to meet the top-ranked, 7-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll.  The Trojans scored 28 points in the 1st quarter & 745 yards of total offense on their way to a 55-13 victory this season.  The Cougars were held to 89 yards passing, 2 of 13 third down conversions, & 23:24 of possession time in the loss.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart threw for 364 yards with 3 touchdowns & RB LenDale White rushed for 155 yards with 2 touchdowns to lead the Trojans.  Southern Cal opened the scoring on their first drive going 74 yards in 7 plays with Leinhart hitting All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 29-yard touchdown pass.  All-American RB Jerome Harrison scored on a 13-yard touchdown run for the Cougars but the 7-6 score was as close as Washington State got the rest of the game.  Southern Cal OT Winston Justice recovered a fumble by Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush in the end zone, Leinart hit WR Steve Smith on a 15-yard touchdown pass, & on a 24-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans pushed the lead to 28-6 at the end of the 1st quarter.  White’s 2-yard touchdown & PK Mario Danelo’s 27-yard field goal gave Southern Cal a 38-6 halftime lead.  Danelo hit on a 22-yard field goal for the only points of the 3rd quarter & White’s 21-yard touchdown run gave the Trojans a 48-6 lead with 12:40 to play.  Washington State finally scored again after recovering a fumble by Southern Cal QB John David Booty at the Southern Cal 16-yard line.  RB DeMaundray Woolridge scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.  The final points came on a 6-yard touchdown run by the Trojans’ RB Michael Coleman.  Jarrett finished with 11 catches for 200 yards with his touchdown for the Trojans while Harrison had 147 yards rushing with his touchdown for the Cougars.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Cougars finished 4-7.  Washington State has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Stanford

Cardinal

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played November 5, 2005

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

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L

T

PCT

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T

PCT

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L

T

PCT

Stanford 1 2 7 1 .250 1 4 0 .200 1 3 1 .300        
Southern Cal © 9 66 10 3 .854 28 3 2 .879 30 6 1 .824 8 1 0 .889

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/13/1979

Stanford

21

11/8/1980

Southern Cal ©

34 9/25/2004

Southern Cal ©

31

Southern Cal ©

21

Stanford

9

Stanford

28

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Stanford

0

7

7

7

21

Southern Cal

24

20

0

7

51

 

The 4-3 Stanford Cardinal of first-year coach Walt Harris met the top-ranked, 8-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll in Los Angeles.  The Trojans outscored the Cardinal 24-0 in the 1st quarter & the defense forced 5 turnovers on their way to a 51-21 Southern Cal victory.  Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush rushed for 113 yards with a touchdown & All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett caught 8 passes for 101 yards with a touchdown to lead an offense that amassed 529 total yards.  Southern Cal wasted no time in taking control of the game as they went 80 yards in 9 plays on their first drive with RB LenDale White scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run.  The Cardinal’s first drive was not as successful as QB Trent Edwards fumbled on their second play from scrimmage.  Trojan DE Lawrence Jackson recovered the fumble at the Stanford 42-yard line & on the next snap, Bush took the handoff into the end zone for a 14-0 Southern Cal lead.  Another 3 & out by the Southern Cal defense gave the ball back to Bush & company.  This time All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart led the 8-play, 74-yard drive& hit White on a 16-yard touchdown pass.  The score was already 21-0 & Stanford had only run 5 plays from scrimmage.  PK Mario Danelo’s 21-yard field goal completed the scoring in the 1st quarter but the Trojans had more in store for Stanford in the 2nd quarter.  Leinart hit Jarrett on a 19-yard touchdown pass & TE Fred Davis on a 19-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 37-0.  The Cardinal finally got on the board when Edwards connected with WR Justin McCullum on a 14-yard touchdown pass midway through the 2nd quarter but Southern Cal came right back with a 9-play, 85-yard drive capped by Leinart’s 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Jimmy Miller for a 44-7 Trojan lead at halftime.  The only points of the 3rd quarter came on a 1-yard touchdown run by Stanford RB Jason Evans but with the score 44-14 starting the 4th quarter the game had long since been decided.  Southern Cal RB Brandon Hancock scored the final Trojan touchdown on an 8-yard run & Stanford’s final score came on a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Gerald Commissiong.  Leinart finished with 22 completions in 28 attempts for 259 yards passing with 4 touchdowns while Edwards threw for 245 yards with a touchdown but 3 interceptions for Stanford.  McCullum did have 9 catches for 138 yards with his touchdown in the losing effort.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Cardinal finished 5-6.  Stanford has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

California

Golden Bears

Played November 12, 2005

at Memorial Stadium

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

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T

PCT

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L

T

PCT

Southern Cal © 9 67 10 3 .856 29 3 2 .882 30 6 1 .824 8 1 0 .889
California 2 9 11 0 .450 5 6 0 .455 4 5 0 .444        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/27/1979

Southern Cal ©

24

11/1/1980

California

7 10/9/2004

California

17

California

14

Southern Cal ©

60

Southern Cal ©

23

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

14

7

7

35

California

3

0

0

7

10

 

The 6-3 California Golden Bears of coach Jeff Tedford welcomed the top-ranked, 9-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll to Berkley.  This was the site of the last loss for the Trojans when they were defeated 34-31 in 2003.  Since then, Southern Cal had won 31 consecutive games & successfully defended The Belt for 22 of those games.  While the Southern Cal offense scored more than enough points, it was the Trojans’ defense that stood out in this game.  Six turnovers & 1 of 8 on third down conversions for the Golden Bears kept this game from being competitive in a 35-10 Southern Cal victory.  Southern Cal opened the scoring after All-Pac 10 S Darnell Bing intercepted a pass by California QB Joe Ayoob at the Cal 47-yard line.  All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart completed his first 7 passes to take the Trojans to the Cal 2-yard line & 2 plays later, RB LenDale White scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 Southern Cal lead.  The Golden Bears responded with a 45-yard field goal by PK Tom Schneider making the score 7-3 but that was as close as Cal got the rest of the game.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Leinart led an 11-play, 70-yard drive & capped it with a 6-yard touchdown run himself for a 14-3 Southern Cal edge.  Late in the quarter with Southern Cal starting a drive at their own 32-yard line, Leinart completed passes of 16 yards to TE Fred Davis, & 2 to All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett, the first for 44 yards with the second for 5 yard to put the ball at the Cal 3-yard line.  Leinart then scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run for a 21-3 Trojan lead as the teams went to intermission.  The 3rd quarter opened in typical fashion for Southern Cal with a long scoring drive.  The 7-play, 80-yard drive was highlighted by Leinart’s 49-yard pass to White before he scored on a 6-yard touchdown run for a 28-3 advantage.  The Trojans’ final scoring drive came after S Ryan Ting intercepted Ayoob & Southern Cal had the ball at their own 3-yard line.  White capped the 13-play, 97-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for his third score of the game.  California RB Chris Manderino scored on a 1-yard touchdown late in the game for the final tally.  Leinart finished with 246 yards passing to go with his 2 rushing touchdowns while Ayoob was held to 98 yards passing with 4 interceptions & a sack.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Golden Bears finished 8-4 & ranked 25th nationally.  California has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Fresno State

Bulldogs

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played November 19, 2005

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

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Away

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Neutral

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PCT

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Fresno State 0                                
Southern Cal © 9 68 10 3 .858 29 3 2 .882 31 6 1 .830 8 1 0 .889

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Fresno State

7

14

7

14

42

Southern Cal

7

6

28

9

50

 

The 16th ranked, 8-1 Fresno State Bulldogs of coach Pat Hill met the top-ranked, 10-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll.  This was the first Belt game for the Bulldogs while the Trojans were trying to tie the record for 2nd most consecutive Belt defenses.  A win by Southern Cal would tie the Southern Cal Trojans (1978-1980) with 23 successful Belt defenses.  The offensive slugfest resulted in 935 total yards between the teams & Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush rushing for 294 yards with 2 touchdowns as the Trojans held on to defeat the Bulldogs 50-42.  Fresno State opened the scoring with a 9-play, 81-yard drive with All-WAC QB Paul Pinegar hitting TE Devyn McDonald for a 12-yard gain but as he was hit at the Southern Cal 1-yard line, McDonald fumbled the ball.  The ball flew into the hands of Bulldog WR Jermaine Jamison who took it the final yard for a touchdown & 7-0 Fresno State lead.  Southern Cal scored after a 6-play, 82-yard drive on a 5-yard touchdown run by RB LenDale White.  The highlight of the drive was a 65-yard run by Bush before White scored on the next play to tie the game at 7-7.  The Bulldogs took the lead again when RB Roshon Vercher scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the 2nd quarter.  Southern Cal PK Mario Danelo’s 25-yard field goal made the score Fresno State 14 Southern Cal 10.  Pinegar connected with WR Joe Fernandez on a 14-yard touchdown pass as the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 21-10 before Danelo connected on a 31-yard field goal for the Trojans as the teams went to the half with Fresno State leading 21-13.  The Bulldogs opening drive of the 3rd quarter stalled & Bush returned the punt 16 yards to the Fresno State 43-yard line.  After a 7-yard completion from All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart to RB Brandon Hancock, Bush took a hand-off for a 35-yard gain & Leinart scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak as the Trojans closed the gap to 21-20.  Fresno State’s next drive was stopped when Southern Cal S Brandon Ting intercepted a Pinegar pass at the Bulldogs’ 45-yard line.  Bush took the next snap 45 yards for the touchdown giving the Trojans a 27-21 advantage.  The next play from scrimmage saw All-American S Darnell Bing intercept Pinegar giving Southern Cal the ball back at the Fresno State 32-yard line.  Five plays later, Leinart connected with WR Steve Smith for a 6-yard touchdown pass & 34-21 Trojan lead.  The Bulldogs finally settled down for a 6-play, 65-yard drive with Pinegar connecting with All-WAC WR Paul Williams for a 20-yard touchdown pass.  Another Pinegar interception, this one by S Scott Ware, gave Southern Cal the ball at their own 30-yard line & 3 plays later, Bush scored on a 50-yard touchdown run for a 41-28 Trojan advantage as the teams started the 4th quarter.  After a short punt & a personal foul, the Bulldogs got the ball at the Southern Cal 15-yard line.  Pinegar hit Fernandez for a 6-yard touchdown pass to get the Bulldogs back within 6 points at 41-35.  On the ensuing kick-off, Bush fumbled & S Jason Huss recovered it for Fresno State at the Southern Cal 18-yard line.  On the next snap, All-WAC RB Wendell Mathis took a hand-off the final 18 yards for a touchdown & 42-41 Bulldog lead with 9:47 left in the game.  White scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 6:22 to play but the missed conversion attempt left the score at Southern Cal 47 Fresno State 42.  Pinegar’s fumble at his own 15-yard line resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Danelo for a 50-42 Trojan lead with 3:06 left.  Pinegar led the final drive for the Bulldogs that got to the Southern Cal 25-yard line before Bing intercepted his second pass of the day & Southern Cal ran out the clock to claim their 24th consecutive successful Belt defense.  Leinart finished with 200 yards passing for Southern Cal while Pinegar threw for 317 yards with 4 touchdowns but 4 interceptions & Mathis finished with 109 yards rushing to go with his score for Fresno State.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Bulldogs finished 8-5.  Fresno State has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

UCLA

Bruins

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played December 3, 2005

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

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Record

W

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PCT

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T

PCT

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UCLA 9 26 14 3 .640 14 8 0 .636 10 6 3 .605 2 0 0 1.000
Southern Cal © 9 69 10 3 .860 30 3 2 .886 31 6 1 .830 8 1 0 .889

 

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 11/17/1990

Southern Cal

45

UCLA

29

Southern Cal

17

UCLA ©

42

11/21/1992

Southern Cal ©

37

12/4/2004

Southern Cal ©

29

UCLA

38

UCLA

24

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

UCLA

0

6

0

13

19

Southern Cal

10

21

21

14

66

 

The 11th ranked, 9-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Karl Dorrell stood between the top-ranked, 11-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll & history.  A win in this game would give to Trojans the Victory Bell, a shot at the BCS Championship for the 2nd consecutive year, & a 25th consecutive successful Belt defense which would be the 2nd most all-time trailing only Miami’s 31 consecutive defenses from 2000 to 2002.  Southern Cal tallied 679 yards of total offense led by Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush’s 260 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns to rout their cross-town rivals by a score of 66-19 & move to 2nd on the All-Time Consecutive Belt Victories list.  The Trojans scored first on PK Mario Danelo’s 35-yard field goal & then on an 8-play, 80-yard drive with All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart hitting All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett for the 8-yard touchdown pass giving Southern Cal a 10-0 going into the 2nd quarter.  The Trojans next score came after an 8-play, 97-yard drive highlighted by Bush’s 65-yard run.  RB LenDale White finished the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 lead.  On the ensuing kick-off, UCLA RB Kahlil Bell fumbled & Southern Cal CB Josh Pinkard recovered giving the Trojans the ball back at the UCLA 41-yard line.  Seven plays later, Bush scored on a 13-yard touchdown run & Southern Cal had a 24-0 with 10:52 left in the half.  The Bruins got 2 field goals, each from 43 yards, by PK Justin Medlock before Bush scored again this time on a 10-yard touchdown run as Southern Cal had a 31-6 halftime lead.  Midway through the 3rd quarter the Trojans increased the lead again as Leinart connected with TE Fred Davis on a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 38-6 advantage.  Another mistake on the ensuing kick-off meant another Southern Cal score.  UCLA’s All-American KR Maurice Drew fumbled during the return with Southern Cal CB Justin Wyatt picking-up the ball & racing 38 yards for a touchdown.  Leinart connected with White on a 24-yard touchdown pass pushing the lead to 52-6 as the 3rd quarter ended.  White’s 8-yard touchdown run made it 59-6 before the Bruins finally got into the end zone on a 15-yard touchdown run by Drew.  Southern Cal’s CB John Walker returned the on-side kick attempt to the UCLA 2-yard line & RB David Kirtman scored on the next play for a 66-13 edge.  UCLA QB Drew Olson hit WR Matt Willis on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 0:11 to play to complete the rout.  Leinart threw for 233 yards with 3 touchdowns & White added 154 yards rushing to his 2 scores.  Olson finished with 146 yards passing but was sacked 5 times by the Trojans’ defense & All-Pac 10 TE Marcedes Lewis was held to just 3 catches for 30 yards.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Bruins finished 10-2 & ranked 16th nationally.  UCLA has not played for The Belt again.

 

 

 

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Texas

Longhorns

The Rose Bowl

Played January 4, 2006

at the Rose Bowl

  

 

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

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PCT

Southern Cal © 9 70 10 3 .861 31 3 2 .889 31 6 1 .830 8 1 0 .889
Texas 1 2 1 0 .667 1 1 0 .500         1 0 0 1.000

 

                        Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

3

14

14

38

Texas

0

16

7

18

41

 

The top-ranked, 12-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach Pete Carroll were attempting to become the first Belt holder to successfully defend The Belt in 2 consecutive BSC Championship games.  While the Trojans dominated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl last season, this season’s opposition was a much more balanced offensive unit in the 2nd ranked, 12-0 Texas Longhorns of coach Mack Brown.  All season, pundits had pointed to this game as a “the” game that everyone wanted to see & amazingly it lived up to those expectations.  The teams combined for 1130 offensive yards but Texas All-American QB Vince Young led his team from a 12-point deficit with just 6:42 to play for a 41-38 win to claim The Belt & the BCS National Championship ending the reign of the favored Belt holders at 25 games; the 2nd longest reign in Belt history.  Texas forced Southern Cal to punt on their first drive but CB Aaron Ross fumbled on the return & Southern Cal S Scott Ware recovered at the Texas 46-yard line.  Four plays later, RB LenDale White scored on a 4-yard touchdown run & Southern Cal had a 7-0 lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Trojans appeared to be driving for another score when All-Pac 10 QB Matt Leinart hit Heisman Trophy winning, All-American RB Reggie Bush for a 35-yard gain but Bush tried to lateral to WR Brad Walker who was not expecting the ball.  Texas All-American S Michael Huff recovered the ball & the Longhorns had the ball at their own 18-yard line.  PK David Pino connected on a 46-yard field goal as Texas closed to 7-3.  As the Trojans were driving for another score, Longhorns’ CB Michael Griffin intercepted a Leinart pass at the goal line.  The play was ruled out-of-bounds on the field but replay showed that Griffin had caught the ball in-bounds before touching his toe on the goal line.  Seven plays later from the Southern Cal 22-yard line, Young ran left to the Southern Cal 10-yard line & pitched the ball to RB Selvin Young who carried it the final yards for a touchdown giving Texas a 9-7 advantage.  Replays showed that Vince Young’s knee had touched down before he pitched but due to a technical malfunction, it was not reviewed.  The rush to beat the video review may have caused Pino to miss the extra-point attempt.  Texas got a the ball back at their own 49-yard line after a short punt & RB Ramonce Taylor scored on the 4th play with a 30-yard touchdown run to push the Texas lead to 16-7.  Southern Cal PK Marino Danelo hit a 43-yard field goal as time expired in the 1st half with Texas leading 16-10.  The Trojans drove 62 yards in 7 plays on their opening drive of the 3rd quarter with White scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run to give Southern Cal a 17-16 lead.  Vince Young scored on a 14-yard touchdown run after a 7-play, 80-yard drive as Texas retook the lead at 23-17.  White’s 12-yard touchdown run put Southern Cal back in the lead at 24-23 with 4:07 left in the 3rd quarter.  Pino missed a 31-yard field attempt as the 4th quarter started & Southern Cal drove 80 yards in 9 plays with Bush scoring on a 26-yard run to push the Southern Cal lead to 31-23.  Pino connected on a 34-yard field goal as Texas closed to with 5 points at 31-26 but four plays later, Leinart hit All-American WR Dwayne Jarrett on a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 38-26 lead with just 6:42 to play.  Vince Young passed for 61 yards & ran for 8 yards on the next scoring drive hitting WR Limas Sweed on a 6-yard touchdown pass but with 3:58 to play, Texas still trailed 38-33.  The Trojans then went to work on the clock but facing 4th & a short 2 at the Texas 45-yard line with just 2:13 to play, Carroll decided to run for the 1st down instead of punting.  The Longhorns’ defense held White inches short of the 1st down & Vince Young had a chance to win the game with 2:09 to play from his own 44-yard line.  Early in the drive on 3rd & 12, Young completed a pass to WR Quan Cosby for 7 yards but a 5-yard incidental facemask penalty gave Texas the 1st down.  Vince Young then hit WR Brian Carter for a 9-yard gain, ran for a 7-yard gain, & hit Carter for a 17-yard gain for a first down at the Southern Cal 13-yard line.  Facing 4th & 5 from the Southern Cal 8-yard line, Vince Young dropped to pass but unable to find an open receiver he ran to his right the final 8 yards for the go ahead score.  Vince Young ran up the middle to complete the 2-point conversion for a 41-38 lead with just 0:19 to play.  Leinart’s final pass to Jarrett was high & the Texas Longhorns had defeated the Belt holding Trojans.  Vince Young finished with 267 yards passing as well as 200 yards rushing while being named Rose Bowl MVP & TE David Thomas added 10 catches for 88 yards.  Leinart finished with 365 yards passing with a touchdown & interception.  White finished with 124 yards rushing & Jarrett added 10 catches for 121 yards for the Trojans.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac 10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Longhorns finished 13-0, Big 12 Champions & National Champions.  Southern Cal had not played for The Belt again.

 

 

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