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UCLA's 35-14 victory over the Southern Cal Trojans in the Coliseum was massive for the Bruins.
It was UCLA's first victory on the road against the Trojans since 1997. The Bruins truly were superior in all facets of the game. There wasn't one moment in the game that stood out, but rather an amalgam of events.
Cassius Marsh sacked quarterback Cody Kessler on consecutive plays. Anthony Barr came off of the edge to strip Kessler of the football, causing a fumble. Hundley's touchdown run in the third quarter effectively put the game out of reach for the Trojans.
Although neither team played in the Pac-12 Championship Game, the win by UCLA is symbolic of the fact that Mora has the team moving in the right direction. UCLA has now beaten the Trojans in two straight seasons. From a momentum standpoint, there's no question that it currently resides in Westwood.
Success is often cyclical. USC should get back to national prominence once the scholarship restrictions are lifted. It's too good of a program to not sustain some sort of success.
For right now, however, UCLA is the hot program in the city of Los Angeles. As Hundley exclaimed after the game, "UCLA runs L.A. now."
Mora echoed the same sentiment, and he even added a recruiting pitch toward the end of his press conference:
When you win two in a row in this town, things start to change. That's going to help us in recruiting. If I'm a high school player, I want to play at UCLA right now.