The No. 19 USC Trojans fell to the No. 9 UCLA Bruins, 38-20, Saturday night at the Rose Bowl for the third year in a row as Brett Hundley and company ended USC’s hopes of stealing the Pac-12 south division title.
Brett Hundley finished with 326 yards with three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He also threw an interception.
Cody Kessler had 203 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception.
The game started brightly for the Trojans as Anthony Sarao jumped the route on Hundley’s first throw and returned the interception for a touchdown.
It was downhill from there for USC however.
Nelson Agholor muffed a punt after a strong defensive stop and the Bruins got the ball back in scoring position. Hundley found Devin Lucien wide open in the back of the endzone for the game tying touchdown.
Thomas Duarte made it 14-7 when Hundley hit him open over the endzone and he ran 57-yards for the score.
Driving down the field to the goal line, USC had a chance to take a field goal but opted to go for it on fourth and two in the redzone, but Allen was stuffed and the Bruins got the ball as the second quarter began.
The Trojans finally got one back as Kessler hit Justin Davis on a swing pass at the goal line for the touchdown.
From there, the Bruins took complete control.
A Ka’imi Fairbain kick from 32-yards out gave UCLA the initial lead. Hundley extended it by hitting Eldridge Massington on a 13-yard touchdown with just under a minute left in the half.
The second half continued the trend.
Paul Perkins led the Bruins on the opening drive of the third quarter, capping it off with a 10-yard score.
As the USC offense continued to be stifled, Hundley rushed for a touchdown of his own, 15-yards up the middle.
In the fourth quarter, UCLA nearly made it more but Hundley dropped a snap at the goal line which Leonard Williams recovered.
The Trojans have finished their conference slate and are now knocked out of the running for the Pac-12 south division title. The final game of the season before a bowl game looms as Notre Dame comes to town next week.
For UCLA, a now-pivotal match up with Stanford will decide the south title.
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