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              === UCLA beats USC for trip to Pac-12 title game ===
 
 Pasadena,  CA (Sports  Network) - Johnathan Franklin scored two touchdowns and
 the  UCLA  defense came up  with huge  stops, as the  No. 17 Bruins downed the
 21st-ranked  USC  Trojans, 38-28, to secure  a spot in the Pac-12 Championship
 Game.
 
 Franklin  rushed for a  game-high 171 yards on 29 carries for the Bruins (9-2,
 6-2  Pac-12),  who came in  as losers  in 12 of  the previous 13 matchups with
 their crosstown rival.
 
 "I  tip my hat to USC. They did a nice job. They came in here and played hard,
 said  UCLA coach Jim Mora. "I'm really proud of our team. I'm especially happy
 for  our seniors that  finally got a chance to win their last one against USC.
 It  was a hard-fought  game, a lot of back and forth. We knew it would be like
 that.  When we got up, we knew they wouldn't go away easy. I'm really proud of
 our team and excited."
 
 The  Bruins' defense had two  interceptions, recovered  a fumble  and  blocked
 Andre Heidari's  kick with 1:34  remaining in the game to seal the win.
 
 Redshirt  freshman  quarterback Brett  Hundley  continued  to impress,  as  he
 outdueled  USC  senior Matt  Barkley.  Hundley  passed  for  234 yards  and  a
 touchdown  on 22-of-30  efficiency, while also adding two scores on the ground
 for the Bruins.
 
 "You wouldn't think we would lose this game with a senior quarterback versus a
 freshman," said USC coach Lane Kiffin. "But then again, when you turn the ball
 over  like we did and get a couple of kicks blocked, those are the things that
 take them out of the game."
 
 USC  (7-4,5-4) nearly rallied from a 24-point deficit and came within three in
 the  fourth quarter,  but came up short. Barkley completed 20-of-38 passes for
 301 yards and three touchdowns but threw two interceptions.
 
 Marqise  Lee caught nine balls for 158 yards and a score, while Nelson Agholor
 and Randall Telfer each hauled in touchdowns in the loss for the Trojans.
 
 Trailing 31-21 with 9:21 left in the game, USC embarked on an 80-yard drive to
 pull within three.
 
 Facing  a huge 3rd-and-10, Barkley escaped the rush and fired a 39-yard strike
 on  the run to  Lee, who made the catch on the UCLA 28. Curtis McNeal, who led
 the Trojans with 161 yards rushing, sprinted for 14 yards before Barkley found
 Lee again, this time for 14 yards and the score, making it 31-26.
 
 Robert Woods then made an incredible catch on the two-point conversion attempt
 to bring USC within a field goal with 7:22 left to play in the game.
 
 But UCLA responded, as a huge third and long conversion sparked a Franklin 29-
 yard touchdown run to push the Bruins' lead back to 10.
 
 Faced with 3rd-and-13, Hundley fired a 15-yard strike to Joseph Fauria to keep
 the  possession  alive. Two plays  later, Franklin  bounced to the outside and
 sprinted  to the end  zone to put UCLA on top 38-28 with 4:02 remaining in the
 game.
 
 The  Trojans marched  down to the UCLA  24, but the wheels completely came off
 from there.
 
 On 2nd-and-7, Anthony Barr sacked Barkley and injured him on the play, forcing
 him  out  of the  game. USC  nearly lost  the ball  on a  bad snap, but McNeal
 recovered and picked up five yards before the kicking unit came out.
 
 After  a UCLA timeout, Sheldon Price got through and blocked Heidari's 38-yard
 attempt,  clinching  the win and year-long  possession of the Victory Bell for
 UCLA.
 
 The  win also  made  coach Mora  just  the  second in  school  history to  win
 nine  games  in his  first season, tying  Terry Donahue, who  also had nine in
 1976.
 
 "Terry Donahue had an unbelievable career," said Mora. "I've known him since I
 was a little boy. My dad coached with him and there couldn't be anybody who is
 more  worthy of  that honor. It will  remind everyone when they come into this
 place that this is UCLA's home."
 
 As  a result of  big stops and capitalizing on turnovers, UCLA jumped out to a
 24-0 lead in the first half.
 
 Aaron  Hester picked off Barkley on the first play of the game and returned it
 to the USC 17-yard line.
 
 Hundley then completed two passes to Jerry Johnson to push the ball inside the
 Trojans'  5 and two plays later, he scored on a 1-yard rush to give the Bruins
 the early 7-0 lead.
 
 The  Bruins forced the  Trojans to punt on their next touch and used up nearly
 seven minutes on an 18-play drive, but had to settle for three.
 
 After  Hundley  found Shaquell Evans on  4th-and-13 for a first down, the UCLA
 offense  stalled inside the USC 10, but Ka'i Fairbairn salvaged the long drive
 with a 23-yard field goal to put UCLA ahead 10-0.
 
 The  Trojans turned it over again on their next touch. Marqise Lee was stuffed
 for  a  loss and  then lost the  football just before  hitting the ground. Owa
 Odighizuwa recovered for UCLA and the Bruins took over inside USC territory.
 
 The  Bruins needed just  four plays to score, as Hundley found Fauria near the
 front  left corner of  the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown and 17-0 lead near
 the end of the first quarter.
 
 In  an early hole, the Trojans decided to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the UCLA
 25,  but Barkley's pass sailed over the head of Elijah Steen and USC turned it
 over on downs.
 
 Again, UCLA made the most of the opportunity, marching 74 yards down the field
 for  a touchdown. Franklin broke through the line and scampered 16 yards for a
 score  to give  the Bruins a commanding  24-0 lead just over four minutes into
 the second quarter.
 
 The Trojans' offense finally got rolling, needing just four plays to reach the
 end  zone on  their ensuing  touch.  Barkley began  the drive  with a  31-yard
 completion  to  Robert Woods and hit  Agholor three plays later with a 33-yard
 touchdown pass to cut the Bruins' lead to 17.
 
 Barkley led USC to a touchdown on its next series as well. He completed 4-of-5
 throws,  finding Telfer in  the end zone for a 2-yard score to make it a 24-14
 game  at halftime.  McNeal's 15-yard rush two plays earlier set the Trojans up
 inside the Bruins' 5.
 
 USC  continued to  ride  the momentum  into  the second  half,  as George  Uko
 recovered a UCLA fumble in the end zone on the third play of the quarter.
 
 The  snap to Hundley was a bad one, and in trying to recover the loose ball it
 squirted  backwards even  further, allowing Uko to  pick it up in the end zone
 for the score. Andre Heidari missed the extra point, however, and USC remained
 trailing 24-20.
 
 UCLA  stole  the  momentum  back,  however, after  Eric  Kendricks  blocked  a
 USC punt deep in their territory with 10:45 to play in the third.
 
 On  the  next play, Hundley tossed  a 25-yard pass  to Evans, who hauled it in
 inside  the  Trojans' 10-yard line. Two  plays later, Hundley crossed the goal
 line on a 3-yard rush, extending the Bruins' lead to 31-20.
 
 Before  pulling  within three at  31-28, Heidari  missed a 44-yard attempt and
 Barkley  was intercepted on consecutive possessions. The Trojans used five and
 half  minutes of the  remaining 7:02 in the third to get Heidari in field goal
 range, but his kick sailed wide left.
 
 After  driving  to  the UCLA  36  on  the  Trojans'  next touch,  Barkley  was
 intercepted by Eric Kendricks with 11:49 remaining in the game.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Trojans will need  a win next week against undefeated Notre Dame in order
 to  finish with eight wins for the 11th consecutive time ... USC fell to 33-19
 at  the Rose Bowl  ... UCLA has won five straight games and will host Stanford
 next week.
 
 
 11/17 20:51:55 ET