NCAA Game Summary - UCLA at Southern California|
(Saturday, November 28th)
Final Score: (24) Southern California 28, UCLA 7
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Allen Bradford ran for a pair of scores,
and No. 24 Southern California used its defense to take a 28-7 victory over
UCLA at the Coliseum.
Bradford totaled 62 yards on 14 carries for USC (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10), which
recorded three interceptions and recovered one of three UCLA fumbles on the
way to winning this rivalry game for the third consecutive time.
Matt Barkley completed 18-of-26 passes for 206 yards and a score, and was
intercepted once for the Trojans, who end their regular season next weekend
Barkley's touchdown was a 48-yard throw to Damian Williams with just 44
seconds left, when the game was well in hand for the Trojans, and came moments
before emotions nearly bubbled over. USC celebrated following the
touchdown, and the teams gathered on the field in a tense moment, jawing
at each other, before they returned to their respective sidelines.
"When the moment was there, it wasn't about thinking about what you guys and
everybody else was going to say," USC head coach Pete Carroll said. "It was
about a great call."
Chane Moline ran for the lone score for the Bruins (6-6, 3-6), who had won
three in a row. UCLA used two quarterbacks, as Kevin Prince recorded 90 yards
and two picks on 10-of-22 throws, while Kevin Craft was 8-for-17 for 98 yards
and one interception.
Bradford's two-yard plunge made it a 21-7 game with 1:30 left, capping a 73-
yard drive that drained more than four minutes off the clock to essentially
seal the victory.
But the game had more intrigue left in it still, though, as UCLA turned the
ball over on downs and USC tacked on another score. Barkley's long bomb
over the middle surprised the Bruins defense, and Williams caught the pass
in stride for the score.
Carroll explained that as his team was killing the clock, UCLA called a
timeout, and he liked the play-action play as it came over the headsets.
Recognizing that the extra TD could be viewed as piling on, Carroll said it
was just an example of his team competing.
"It's just the heart of the competitor, it's just battling. And in the
sense of the competitive moment, we went for it, and that's it," Carroll said.
"If the message goes out differently than that...that's just after the fact,
nothing I can do about it."
The atmosphere got slightly heated after that, as USC's celebration started to
spill on the field. UCLA's players started to move off the sideline and onto
the field as well, and the two sides started to face each other as coaches
scrambled to get their players back on the sidelines. However, nothing beyond
words materialized, and the rest of the contest was played without incident.
USC got on the board in the middle of the first quarter, after punting. A
personal foul on Trojans linebacker Malcolm Smith during the punt set UCLA up
at the Trojans' 45, but on the third play of the Bruins' drive, Smith picked
off Prince and returned it 62 yards for a score with 6:31 left in the frame.
Barkley was intercepted deep in UCLA territory early in the second quarter,
but the Bruins eventually had to punt. Jacob Harfman missed a 50-yard field
goal at the end of the half, and USC took the seven-point lead into the break.
Will Harris intercepted Prince nearly five minutes into the third quarter,
setting USC up at the UCLA 29. USC found the end zone again, as Bradford's
one-yard run made it a 14-0 game with 7:01 to go.
UCLA got on the board late in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 13-play, 65-yard
drive that Moline capped with a two-yard run across the goal line.
That score came with 5:41 on the clock, but the Trojans responded with their
own long touchdown drive to erase any thoughts of a comeback.
Williams finished with five catches for 82 yards...USC leads the series with
crosstown rival UCLA, 44-28-7. The Trojans have won 10 of the last 11
11/29 04:08:49 ET