PASADENA—On Saturday, November 19, the UCLA Bruins held an early lead over the USC Trojans 14-7 at the chilly Rose Bowl, for a moment it seemed an upset was in the making. However, the Trojans dominance in the second half wore down the Bruins for a 36-14 victory.
The Victory Bell rings for USC for the second straight year, as the Trojans racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in the 86th meeting. The Trojans move to 8-3, and will win the PAC-12 South Title if Utah defeats the Colorado Buffaloes next week. After a 1-3 start, the Phoenix like rise from the ashes was due to the change at Quarterback. True Freshman QB Sam Darnold has been the catalyst for the resurgence, and has truly captured the attention of the entire nation.
Sam Darnold threw for 267 yards to go along with two TD passes. Running Back Ronald Jones ran for 118 yards and a TD. Trojans Head Coach Clay Helton improves to 2-0 in the Crosstown Rivalry.
The Trojans controlled the tempo the entire night with stars Ronald Jones, his 60-yard dash to the end zone broke the game wide open. Wide Receivers Darreus Rodgers and De’quan Hampton hauled in big receptions, while maintaining a 47-13 minute advantage in time of possession. It’s hard to score if you don’t have the football. As the two teams continue their opposite trajectories, if Utah can get the victory next week then USC will play for the PAC -12 Championship on December 2. This was UCLA’s first losing season since 2011.
Bruins Quarterback Mike Fafaul threw two quick touchdowns to Jordan Lasley, but those were the only highlights of the night. UCLA falls to 4-7 on the season.
USC wraps up their regular season next week against Notre Dame. UCLA ends their disappointing 2016 with a matchup against the Cal Golden Bears on the road.