USC 27-25

Los Angeles (84,256)


1st Quarter

USC: Williams 30 yard pass from McDonald (kick failed)...5 pl/55 yds, missed XP left

ND: Unis 47 yard field goal

2nd Quarter

USC: Garcia 35 yard pass from McDonald (McDonald to Hunter pass)...6 pl/75 yds

USC: Jordan 39 yard field goall

3rd Quarter

ND: Unis 26 yard field goal...80 yds to open quarter to USC 9

USC: White 1 yard run (Jordan kick), 7:38

4th Quarter

ND: Haines 57 yard pass from Montana (pass failed), 12:26...USC drove 96 yds but Jordan missed FG

ND: Buchanan 1 yard run (Unis kick), 3:01...98 yd drive, four completions to Haines

ND: Holohan 2 yard pass from Montana (pass failed), :46

USC: Jordan 37 yard field goal, :02...second play of drive, McDonald appeared to fumble and recovered by DT Jeff Watson by referee Paul Kaminiski ruled incomplete pass, 5 pl/70 yds



Passing: ND 20/41/358/1, USC 17/29/281/1

Rushing: ND 35/53, USC 57/257


ND: Montana 20/41, 358 yds, INT

USC: McDonald 17/29, 281 yds, INT


ND: Vagas Ferguson 11/32, Jerome Heavens 8/32, Pete Pallas 2/9, Pete Buchanan 3/4, Montana 10/2, Pete Holohan 1/-17

USC: Charles White 37/205, Lynn Cain 11/53, Dwight Ford 6/34, Kevin Williams 1/-16, Paul McDonald 2/-19


ND: Kris Haines 9/179, Dean Masztak 4/82, Holohan 2/48, Ferguson 3/39, Heavens 2/10

USC: Calvin Sweeney 5/105, Kevin Williams 3/60, White 4/37, Dan Garcia 1/35, Vic Rakhshani 2/30, Dwight Ford 1/9, Lynn Cain 1/5


  • Palm Beach Post. 26 Nov 1978.
  • College Football Belt

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