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USC Prevails in Crosstown Rivalry

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:55 PM by Golden Knight

By Daniel Gong


Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

In their final game of the season, the NCAA sanctioned USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins 28-14. Led by running back Allen Bradford (28 carries, 212, yards, 1 TD), the Trojan offense amassed a total of 474 yards while UCLA offense mustered a total of 358. After suffering a high ankle sprain against Oregon State, USC quarterback Matt Barkley (15/26 198 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) made the final start of the season, though far from healthy.

The Bruins, ending the season at 4-8, showed some spark early on offense, scoring on a 59 yard TD by running back Jonathan Franklin (13 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD). However, several crucial turnovers, including a fumble that was recovered by the Trojans for a 68 yard touchdown, prevented the Bruins from getting into an early rhythm. UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut (20/35 230 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) eclipsed his season high in passing yards but was unable to upend the Trojan defense.

Both USC and UCLA head into the offseason to prepare for the 2011 season. USC is focused on harboring potential in its young players to battle the NCAA sanctions for one more season. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel commented at the end of the game, “We will do better.” UCLA looks to shake off a disappointing stretch and improve for the 2011 season.