USC staves off UCLA’s upset bid

The UCLA home football game against USC figured to be wild.The two teams have a storied rivalry. The Bruins and Trojans really don’t care too much about one another. It turned out to be a lot more than that.  By the time it was over the best summation of the Pac-12 matchup is that the game was crazy. 

“We knew that they were an explosive offense coming in, and they’re a very talented football team. And you’ve got to give them credit. They made one more play than we did tonight,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said.

USC beat UCLA 48-45 in a rivalry game. Photo courtesy of Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline

USC got the better of UCLA with a 48-45 win at the Rose Bowl Stadium. It would take an interception late in the game by the Trojans to seal their 10th win (10-1) of the season after enduring a six touchdowns performance by UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (309 yards passing, 81 yards rushing). 

“They did a ‘drop eight’ on the last play,” Thompson-Robinson said about the Bruins’ last drive. “I should have went all the way through my read and probably throw it away when nobody was open. At the end of the day, I’ve got to live with it. It is what it is.” 

The first half best illustrated how out of this world the game the two Pac-12 Conference and crosstown rivals the contest turned pout to be. The combined 41 points the Bruins and the Trojans put up kind of put the handwriting on the wal what was coming down the pipeline.   

The first half of the UCLA-USC football game turned out to be what everyone thought the game would be. The second half proved to be better. And every well it should have been with the season on the line for both teams. 

The Trojans came into the game as the No. 7 team in the country. The Bruins posted a no. 16 ranking. 

The big deal about the contest besides it being a class crosstown rival game, both teams could ill-afford to lose with a possible chance to make it in to the Pac-12 Conference Championship on Dec. 2. The win against UCLA put the Trojans in the Pac-12 Championship. 

“Pretty cool to be sitting here, getting the 10th win and the chance to go to the [Pac-12] Championship game,” USC head coach Lincoln Riley said. “It’s very meaningful. And this is one of the toughest things to do in football, is beat a good football team on Senior Night at their place. With all that was riding on it on top of that, for us to find a way to get it done, that was a clutch performance by our team, a big-time win.”

Featured Image Photo Credit: MPJI News/Haywood Galbreath

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