Video: USC defeats UCLA, 40-21, clinches Pac-12 South title

LOS ANGELES– The blunders most likely made both coaches age too soon, yet the followers were sufficiently delighted as USC as well as UCLA placed on a program deserving of a Pac-12 South championship game.

The Trojans took the city– for the very first time in 4 years– as well as the division as well as gained the right to play for a Rose Bowl berth. Huge plays on protection and also special teams aided the Trojans to defeat the Bruins, 40-21, Saturday afternoon in front of 83,602 at the Coliseum.

USC tracked 21-20 in the third quarter however racked up 20 successive points. The Trojans (8-4, 6-3) will play Stanford following Saturday in Santa Clara, as well as the victor will visit the Rose Dish. UCLA (8-4, 5-4) is left to ponder a what-could-have-been period as well as could drop as much as the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Trojans stuck to a run-heavy attack and dispersed the round around among Ronald Jones II (63 yards), Tre Madden (32 yards) as well as Justin Davis (130 lawns, 100 of those in the 4th quarter). Quarterback Cody Kessler completed 15 of 26 attempts for 175 backyards and also 2 touchdowns, and USC interim train Clay Helton came to be the fourth Trojans coach to encounter UCLA train Jim Mora in as several years however the initial to defeat him.

“It was difficult strolling off that area for the last time, yet that was the means I intended to do it,” Kessler said.

USC hurried 59 times for 235 lawns, ran 19 even more plays compared to the Bruins (85-66) and also maintained the sphere for 40:01.

UCLA had a much more balanced assault, as UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen finished 19 of 37 efforts for 227 lawns and one touchdown (but was intercepted twice and also screwed up as soon as) while tailback Paul Perkins competed 95 lawns and also two touchdowns.

The game turned midway through the third quarter, just when it appeared as though UCLA could be taking control of it. The Bruins utilized an 11-play, 78-yard drive to take a 21-20 lead on a 1-yard goal run by Paul Perkins.

On their following drive, the Trojans shed 8 lawns on 3 plays as well as punted as well as seemed in trouble, at the very least up until the initial play of UCLA’s following drive.

USC defensive electrician Claude Pelon reached Rosen and knocked the sphere free. Large USC lineman Rasheem Green selected it up as well as roared 31 lawns for a touchdown and a 26-21 USC lead with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter. It was the 6th lead change of the video game.

After that on the taking place drive with the ball on the USC side of the field, UCLA’s Rosen tossed his initial interception in 245 efforts. USC’s Iman Marshall grabbed it at midfield.

USC, inactive on crime for much of the 3rd quarter, after that took place an essential eight-play, 52-yard drive, which tipped with an outstanding individual initiative by USC receiver Darreus Rogers. Rogers reached high for a function inside the UCLA 5, then went straight as he expanded the round over the goal line. USC took a 33-21 lead.

The Trojans added an insurance touchdown with 6:18 continuing to be when Kessler completed a 7-yard pass to Taylor McNamara.

“We have actually never encountered a team keeping that much athleticism,” Mora claimed, including that the Trojans’ man-to-man protection posed troubles for his team. “It’s frustrating. It’s a new feeling for us below.”

Up until the second half, USC had relied upon special teams for its largest play of the game.

The Trojans had an early 3-0 lead, after that trailed 7-3 at the end of the very first quarter and also 14-10 midway with the 2nd quarter.

After a 21-yard Alex Wood basket pulled the Trojans within 14-13 with 2:47 left in the half, USC’s defense forced a punt from deep in UCLA region. Adoree’ Jackson returned it 42 backyards for a goal and a 20-14 USC halftime lead.

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