USC football’s studs and duds from a wild rivalry win over UCLA

USC football receiver Tyler Vaughns. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football receiver Tyler Vaughns. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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USC football’s victory over UCLA featured outstanding contributions at WR

USC football bested UCLA at the Rose Bowl, 43-38, to stake their claim to the best record in the Pac-12. Oh, and bragging rights in Los Angeles.

The game featured an 18-point second-half comeback by the Trojans, who willed their way to a late win for the third time in five games.

Who stood out for all the right and wrong reasons?

The studs for USC football vs. UCLA

Kedon Slovis

If you’re trailing late, better call Kedon Slovis. The USC quarterback is a magician in the fourth quarter and he proved it again on Saturday night. Slovis finished with 344 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Trojans to touchdowns on five of seven second-half drives.

Tyler Vaughns

Saturday night was Tyler Vaughns’ magnum opus. With eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, Vaughns was the lynchpin to the Trojan victory. His 38-yard touchdown catch was magnificent. His long gain on the final drive was immense. There aren’t enough words to express how critical his contributions were for USC.

Drake London

SEE: The best touchdown by a USC player in the last decade.

Amon-Ra St. Brown

It was a huge day for USC’s two other receivers, but Amon-Ra St. Brown’s contributions shouldn’t be overlooked. He had 10 catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in the game-winning score.

Talanoa Hufanga

It is officially time to start discussing the possibility that Talanoa Hufanga is the best safety to play at USC since Troy Polamalu. Hufanga had 17 total tackles against UCLA, including 11 solo stops. He added an interception, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss.