USC got things moving fairly well in the second half, with Buck Allen taking a pass 21 yards down the field, and following that with a seven-yard run. After that play though, another offensive lineman went down for the Trojans: This time, Aundrey Walker went down when Bruin Eddie Vanderdoes got blocked into Walker’s knee. He got carted off the field, and john Martinez came in as his replacement. On 3rd-and-1, USC could not convert and had to punt it away again.
UCLA on the other hand continued to play loose and fast against the Trojans, moving the ball with ease. Brett Hundley hit Devin Lucien for a 12-yard touchdown in the back of the endzone, but it was later deemed that he was out of bounds and the touchdown would not stand. On the very next play, Hundley kept it himself and walked into the endzone unhindered. UCLA went up 21-7 on the Trojans, who looked listless for most of the night.
Just as things were starting to look bleak for the Trojans, Buck Allen tore down the sidelines for a 33-yard pick up. Marqise Lee kept the drive alive on third down with a catch. On the next play, with his eyes down field, Cody Kessler found tight end Xavier Grimble for a 22-yard touchdown. With it, USC was back within one score of UCLA, 21-14.
But UCLA extended their lead once again, thanks to bad special teams play from the Trojans–who gave up 20 extra yards on the kick return because of bad tackling–and a poor effort from the defense. after an eight-play, 54-yard drive, Hundley darted the five yards into the endzone for another Bruins score.
Down two touchdowns, the Trojans defense absolutely had no answer for Hundley and his legs.
On their next drive, Silas Redd picked up a first down by the Trojans, and on their next play,a holding call on Chad Wheeler backed them up again. On 3rd and long, Kessler was able to find Marqise Lee for a big conversion. The Trojans inched closer to the Bruins endzone as the seconds ticked off the clock in the third quarter, and they stand threatening to score going into the fourth.