UCLA vs. USC: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Trojans

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2013

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 23:  Soma Vainuku #31 of the USC Trojans celebrates after blocking a punt by punter Darragh O'Neill #8 of the Colorado Buffaloes for a safety with safety Leon McQuay III #22 and linebacker Charles Burks #45 of the USC Trojans to give the Trojans a 9-0 lead in the first quarter at Folsom Field on November 23, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Bruins come into the Coliseum and knocked off the Trojans 35-14. 

Final: UCLA 35, USC 14

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.

USC Trojans' Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grades
Pass OffenseC-C
Run OffenseA-B
Pass DefenseC+C-
Run DefenseBD+
Special TeamsB+B-
vs. UCLA Week 14

Game analysis for the USC Trojans

Pass Offense: USC wasn't able to have it's usual success with the passing game because their wide receivers were guarded tightly. The Trojans receivers made some solid catches on average throws. Cody  Kessler finished the game 17-of-28 with 174 passing yards and one touchdown. 

Run Offense: Give credit to Javorius Allen for letting his blocks set up and gaining solid yardage in the game. Allen rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown in the game. Although Allen had an excellent game, his production will go unnoticed with a loss to UCLA.  

Pass Defense: Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley made the right decisions and solid throws in the game. He didn't make any mistakes, which allowed the Bruins to keep their lead. Not to mention, decent pass protection by UCLA's young offensive line, which gave Hundley time in the pocket. 

Run Defense: Although UCLA didn't run the ball very well in the first half, the Bruins took over the game in the second half because of Hundley's runs. Hundley finished the game with 80 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. 

Special Teams: Not to brag about with USC's special teams. The special teams unit wasn't as productive as they have been in previous games. 

Coaching: Interim head coach Ed Orgeron and the rest of the coaching staff weren't able to execute USC's offensive game plan, which allowed the Bruins to take over in the second half. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Running back Tre Madden #23 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

First-half analysis for the USC Trojans

Pass Offense: The majority of USC's offensive plays have been run plays by four different Trojans backs. Quarterback Cody Kessler is 5-of-10 with 34 passing yards and no touchdowns. Kessler is completing some of the throws he is making, but not many deep-ball completions.

Run Offense: Head coach Ed Orgeron is using multiple running backs to gain yardage. Four rushers have combined for 106 yards on 17 carries. Sophomore Javorius Allen has been able to lead the way in rushing yards by finding the open holes in the UCLA defense. 

Pass Defense: USC's front seven hasn't done a good job of getting pressure on QB Brett Hundley. This has allowed the Bruins quarterback time to make solid throws. Hundley has thrown for 9-of-14 with 111 passing yards and no touchdowns in the first half. 

Run Defense: UCLA has come into the game averaging 197.4 rushing yards per game. The Bruins have only rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries. USC's defense has to keep Hundley in front to make sure he doesn't break out for a big run in the second half.

Special Teams: Nelson Agholor had a few solid returns in the first half, but nothing too special. If the Trojans can get solid blocking, then Agholor could break out for a big return.

Coaching: Orgeron and the rest of the coaching staff needs to make better offensive play calls in the second half, especially in the passing game.