Finally in the fourth quarter USC managed to hang on to the ball and, with Davis in charge, moved for a touchdown. Carrying on more or less every other play, Davis went five, three, two and, consecutively, from the Pittsburgh 13, seven, four and two. The six points gave him 216 for his career, a Trojan record shared by Simpson and Mort Kaer and, more important, it gave USC the lead.
Now it was Dorsett's turn to get it back, but he never really had a chance. Quarterback Daniels fumbled and even though Evans fumbled right back to Pitt on the next play, Daniels chose to try a long pass on first down, which USC intercepted at its own 22. Now, while Dorsett watched helplessly from the sideline, Davis and Carter alternated carries—hammer, hammer, hammer—and when they got it close, Evans, a sophomore JC transfer, scored on a roll-out for the final touchdown.
"We did what the coaches wanted us to do, wear 'em down," said USC Offensive Tackle Steve Knutson.
"At times we dominated the line of scrimmage," said McKay, "and that made it tough for Tony to run. We were afraid of him right to the end."
For Dorsett there was some consolation, other than the fact that he has perhaps 33 more college games in which to show his skills. The ball he was carrying when he broke Goldberg's record was taken out of the game so it could be given to him later. It was a Wilson TD model.