UCLA Football: 4 Reasons This Is the Year They Beat USC

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UCLA Football: 4 Reasons This Is the Year They Beat USC
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Quick, name the biggest win for UCLA football in the last decade.

Got it?

If you're a Bruin fan, chances are you did not go with the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl, the 2005 Sun Bowl or the 2009 EagleBank Bowl. Wins over Tennessee, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma were nice, but they've faded over the years.

Given only one win to mark as the Bruins' greatest over the past 10 years, you probably went with their 2006 upset over crosstown rival USC. I know I did.

With the hated Trojans poised to make another run at the BCS title game, UCLA stunned the cardinal and gold in the Rose Bowl 13-9, dashing SC's championship hopes.

The Bruins defense has never looked more stern under DeWayne Walker, stopping SC on multiple fourth down conversion attempts. It was the first time in 63 consecutive games USC was held under 20 points. Eric McNeal's interception to seal the win became the stuff of legend.

Unfortunately for Westwood, that glorious 2006 victory has yet to be replicated since. In their last 12 meetings, it has been their only rivalry win.

That ends this year.

Come Nov. 26th UCLA will, for the first time since 1997, beat USC in the Coliseum. Here are four reasons why.

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