USC vs. UCLA: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Final – UCLA 38, USC 28
It's party time in Pasadena as UCLA jumped out to a 24-0 lead and held on to upend its cross-town rival. Not to mention, the Bruins booked trip to the PAC-12 championship game in the process.
Follow how it all happened below.
Defensive and special teams box score via ESPN.com.
Passing, rushing and receiving statistics via ESPN.
Scoring summary and team statistics via ESPN.com.
Keys to the Game
3. Johnathan Franklin
Entering this game, the UCLA Bruins needed to do one thing to stand a chance in this game. While some will cite their ability to lock down Marqise Lee, the key was their ability to control the clock by pounding the ball between the tackles and moving the chains.
To say that Johnathan Franklin succeeded in that area would be a gross understatement.
The senior running back would account for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. While the workhorse running back may be lost in the NFL, Franklin proved that you can find one in the FBS by evaluating the UCLA roster.
Franklin just had a Heisman-worthy game. If you missed this, you did not witness one of the greatest performances in the history of this storied rivalry.
Exceptional performance by Johnathan Franklin and UCLA.
2. Play Calling
UCLA played an incredible game and deserves full credit for their victory. If you believe that the USC Trojans went through this game without consistently shooting themselves in the foot, however, you clearly did not watch this game.
Not closely, at least.
Curtis McNeal finished the game with 21 carries for 153 yards. As Matt Barkley struggled to throw the ball in the first half, however, McNeal was given just seven carries.
That includes a series in which the Trojans had both a second and third down and 2 situation. They passed it both times.
As Joseph Fauria and Shaq Evans consistently found gaps in the USC defense, coach Lane Kiffin continued to display his ineptitude as a play caller. The Trojans made no defensive adjustments to compensate for the two receivers tearing them up, thus neutralizing an exceptional performance by Morgan Breslin and their pass rush.
The calls for Kiffin's job just got a whole lot louder.
1. Defense & Special Teams
The UCLA Bruins offense will be given credit for a 38-point outburst. The truth of the matter is, the Bruins' offense only went as far as their defense and special teams enabled them.
14 of those 38 points came off of turnovers. Another 7 were a direct result of a blocked punt.
The special teams would step up once again by blocking an Andre Heidari kick with less than 3:00 left in the game. This came one quarter after Heidari missed an extra point.
Tack on a missed field goal and a fourth down in which coach Lane Kiffin opted to go for it instead of taking the points, and you have points that could have closed the gap.
Outside of their pass rush and kickoff coverage, USC's defense and special teams were nothing short of disappointing. In every sense of the word, UCLA's were spectacular.
With that final whistle, Jim Mora Jr. and the UCLA Bruins secure a 38-28 victory over the USC Trojans. In turn, the Bruins have clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game for the second consecutive season.
What a performance by the Bruins' special teams.
UCLA 38, USC 28 — End of the Game
It took an extended period of time, but this one is finally over. Isn't it?
A roughing the passer penalty is called as the clock expires. A play which came as this game was already done.
Very poor display of character by Datone Jones. If coach Jim Mora Jr. doesn't chew him out, NFL executives will when he interviews for the draft.
There may be time left on the clock, but this one is all but over. USC gets it back with 33 seconds and a 10 point deficit.
The UCLA seniors just picked up their first win over USC.
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 0:33 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Andre Heidari has his kick blocked and that is two missed field goals and a botched extra point from the USC kicker. UCLA now has a blocked field goal and a blocked punt.
Their sixth blocks in two weeks. Game over.
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 1:34 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Max Wittek is in the game for Matt Barkley. First play he runs, he is given a low snap that Curtis McNeal saves and turns into positive yardage.
Terrible play by the center for a freshman QB.
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 2:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Anthony Barr crushed Matt Barkley. Barkley is now down on the field and the USC training staff is looking at his throwing shoulder.
This doesn't look good.
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 2:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Anthony Barr with the sack and that's been the story of his season!
Matt Barkley hits Randall Telfer and he gets down to the 25 yards for a 17-yard gain. Clock stops and USC gets to the line to run another play.
USC Ball — First Down & 10 at the UCLA 22
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 2:40 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Marqise Lee with eight and 19-yard receptions on this drive. The game isn't over just yet as USC is driving.
USC Ball — Second Down & 10 at the UCLA 41
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 3:08 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Johnathan Franklin called for excessive celebration so UCLA has to kick off from the 20. This enables Marqise Lee to take it out to the 32.
Franklin made a throat slash gesture which is specifically outlawed by the NCAA.
Johnathan Franklin takes it up the gut, cuts back, follows his blockers and runs it in for a 29-yard touchdown!
26 carries, 162 yards and two touchdowns. Game over?
UCLA 38, USC 28 — 4:02 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Leonard Williams gets Jordon James behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of three yards. The following play, Brett Hundley completes a pass to Joseph Fauria for a first down.
Phenomenal catch on a terrible throw by Hundley. Fauria is a legitimate star and NFL prospect.
He was also wide-open.
USC Ball — Second Down & 7 at the USC 29
UCLA 31, USC 28 — 4:38 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Johnathan Franklin is pounding the rock. 23 carries for 128 yards and a score.
USC's kickoff coverage team has been phenomenal today. They drag down the return man at the UCLA 17 and continue to place the Bruins in poor field position.
One play later, Shaq Evans hauls in his eighth pass of the game. He has been the best receiver on the field.
UCLA Ball — First Down & 10 at the UCLA 45
UCLA 31, USC 28 — 6:55 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Robert Woods with an outstanding catch for the two-point conversion! USC is within three points in Pasadena!
Defensive pass interference is meaningless as USC does what they need to.
UCLA 31, USC 28 — 7:22 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Matt Barkley hits Marqise Lee for a 13-yard touchdown and USC is right back in this one, folks! What a turnaround on that drive by Barkley, who orchestrated each and every play made.
USC going for 2.
USC Ball — Two-Point Conversion
UCLA 31, USC 26 — 7:22 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Curtis McNeal takes the handoff and runs this one down to the UCLA 13!
20 carries for 151 yards now.
Matt Barkley evades the pass rush and hits Marqise Lee for a 40-yard completion! What a play by Barkley and one heck of a catch by Marqise Lee!
USC Ball — First Down & 10 at the UCLA 28
UCLA 31, USC 20 — 7:53 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Curtis McNeal continues to run all over this UCLA defense. Matt Barkley, however, has not been able to follow suit.
Anthony Barr gets to Barkley but he smartly throws it away just as he was hit.
USC Ball — Third Down & 10 at the USC 33
UCLA 31, USC 20 — 8:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
USC steps up in a major way on defense. Forces UCLA to punt, which ends tragically for the Bruins.
With a man there to down it at the USC 1, he allows it to bounce off of his hands and go into the end zone for a touchback. This is the break that the Trojans have needed, but can they capitalize?
We shall see.
USC Ball — First Down & 10 at the USC 20
UCLA 31, USC 20 — 9:31 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
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