Allen Bradford's Final Game Is His Best As USC Beats UCLA

USC leads the all-time series with UCLA, 45-28-7.

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USC Vs. UCLA Game Recap: Trojans Win Fourth Straight Over Bruins

Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Allen Bradford rushed for 212 yards and hauled in a touchdown pass as well to power the USC Trojans to a 28-14 victory over the UCLA Bruins in the season finale for both Pac-10 Conference teams. Matt Barkley threw for 198 yards and a score for USC (8-5, 5-4 Pac-10), which is ineligible for a bowl bid because of NCAA sanctions. Jonathan Franklin ran for 109 yards and a score in defeat for UCLA (4-8, 2-7).

USC took a 7-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Baxter to Rhett Ellison. Less than a minute later, the Bruins tied the score on a 59-yard touchdown scamper by Franklin. The only points of the second quarter came on a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown by USC's Malcolm Smith, and because neither team was able notch points in the third quarter, the Trojans entered the final frame with a 14-7 advantage.

In that fourth quarter, Bradford caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Barkley and exploded for a 73-yard scoring scamper as well, pushing his team's advantage to 28-7. The Bruins managed a 10-yard touchdown pass from Richard Brehaut to Joseph Fauria with only 23 seconds remaining to cap the scoring. Three hours before the game began, a brawl erupted in the Rose Bowl parking lot between fans of the Trojans and Bruins. Two men were stabbed and two police officers suffered minor injuries.

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USC 28, UCLA 14: Allen Bradford Ends Trojan Career In Style

Allen Bradford played superbly in his final collegiate game, leading the USC Trojans to a 28-14 victory over the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl. The win gave USC the Victory Bell for the fourth straight season, and 11th time in 12 years. Before the game, I thought a pair of sophomores would be the key to the game, but it ended up being the senior Bradford who was the star of the night.

Bradford, who had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff after a string of fumbles and poor play, had just 49 rushing yards on 18 carries in his last six games combined. Bradford blew by those totals tonight, rushing for 212 yards on a season-high 28 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown that put the game away with 3:42 remaining in the game. He even caught a pass for another touchdown, a 47-yard score after catching just two passes for 27 yards all season prior to tonight.

Sophomore running back Johnathan Franklin had a good night of his own, rushing for 106 yards on 13 carries. Franklin had one touchdown, a 59-yard score in the first quarter. However, he also had a key fumble, which resulted in a 66-yard touchdown return by Malcolm Smith of USC. Tonight was the first UCLA loss this season when Franklin rushed for over 100 yards. Franklin only had one carry in the second half. Smith had two fumble recoveries for the Trojans on the night.

Matt Barkley shook off an ankle injury to complete 15 of 26 passes for the Trojans, with one touchdown, although he did throw two interceptions on the night. Barkley ended his sophomore season with 2,791 passing yards in 12 games, with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut completed 20 of 35 passes for 228 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in defeat. It looked like USC was headed for a third-straight 28-7 victory over UCLA, but Joseph Fauria caught a touchdown from Brehaut with 26 seconds left for the final score of the night.

USC ended its season with an 8-5 record, including 5-4 in conference. UCLA ends at 4-8, with a 2-7 record in the Pac-10.

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USC Vs. UCLA: Ugly Third Quarter Produces Four Turnovers, Zero Points

After an ugly third quarter, which featured four turnovers and zero points, the USC Trojans have a 14-7 lead over the UCLA Bruins with 12 minutes remaining at the Rose Bowl. It was an ugly third quarter, to be sure. UCLA had just 17 total yards and two turnovers, while USC wasn't much better with two turnovers of its own.

USC true freshman cornerback Nickell Robey had a strong series on UCLA's opening drive of the second half. Robey, who was burned earlier in the game for a 42-yard completion to Nelson Rosario, nearly had a pick-six off Richard Brehaut early in the drive, and did get an interception later in the drive when Brehaut tried to go deep. The Robey interception kicked off a wild series of plays that featured three turnovers in five plays.

Matt Barkley, on a bad knee showing the mobility of current-day Dan Marino, at times has flashed thoughts of the arm of Martino, but was picked off bysafety Tony Dye on the second play of the drive by USC. When UCLA got it back, Johnathan Franklin ran for four yards on the first play of the drive, but a busted option play ended with Malcolm Smith's second fumble recovery of the night. The Trojans failed to take advantage when their drive ended with a batted pass on 4th-and-4, the third unsuccessful fourth down play in UCLA territory by USC tonight.

After throwing just one pass in the second quarter, Barkley attempted 11 passes in the third quarter, completing six for 43 yards, but also threw two interceptions, the final one to Aaron Hester. In his last five games, Barkley has just five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt suffered a concussion on a personal foul penalty in the second quarter, and is out of the game, according to Dan Greenspan of SCPlaybook.com. USC begins the fourth quarter deep in its own territory.

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USC Vs. UCLA: Fumble Return Gives Trojans 14-7 Halftime Lead

The USC Trojans took advantage of the first turnover of the game, as linebacker Malcolm Smith returned a Johnathan Franklin fumble 66 yards for a touchdown with 2:46 remaining in the first half, giving USC a 14-7 lead over the UCLA Bruins at halftime at the Rose Bowl. Before the fumble, the Bruins were driving into at least field goal range, appearing poised to take their first lead of the game. The key play of the drive was a 42-yard catch and run by wide receiver Nelson Rosario, who burned cornerback Nickell Robey on the route.

The USC Trojans have driven inside the UCLA 25-yard line three times tonight, but only have seven points to show for it on those three drives. Head coach Lane Kiffin was happy to be leading at halftime, but thought USC should have scored more. "Obviously we're not executing like we should be, and this game shouldn't be very close," Kiffin told sideline reporter Rebeca Haarlow at the end of the half.

Matt Barkley threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods in the second quarter, but a holding call on center Kristofer O'Dowd nullified the play. It also set the Trojans back to a 3rd-and-19 from the 24-yard line. Marc Tyler gained six yards on third down, bringing in the field goal team for a 35-yard attempt. Only, that attempt never came, as USC shifted formation, and holder / backup quarterback Mitch Mustain threw incomplete on a play that really had no chance.

Both teams moved the ball well on the ground in the first half. The Trojans had 103 yards, led by Allen Bradford, with 71 yards on 15 carries. The 15 carries for Bradford are nearly as many as he had in the last six games (18). Marc Tyler chipped in with 35 yards on six carries. UCLA ran for 126 yards, led by Franklin, who had 102 yards on just 12 carries, including his 59-yard touchdown. The Bruins are 4-0 this season when Franklin rushes for 100 yards.

As might be expected in a late night game featuring two teams playing our their season with nothing on the line except pride, the Rose Bowl isn't quite full tonight. Arash Markazi of ESPN is covering the game, and tweeted this shot of the crowd from the press box earlier tonight:

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USC will receive the ball first to begin the second half.

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USC Vs. UCLA: Trojans, Bruins Tied 7-7 After Strong First Quarter By Franklin

After a slow start on their first two drives, the UCLA Bruins got on the scoreboard thanks to running back Johnathan Franklin, who ran 59 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to tie the USC Trojans at 7-7, which remained the score after one quarter. UCLA had negative one yard on its first two drives, but Franklin began drive number three with a six-yard scamper. Then, on the second play of the drive, Franklin ran the ball 59 yards to the end zone with 3:58 remaining for his eighth touchdown of the season.

Franklin has 78 yards on six carries through the first quarter tonight, seemingly well on his way to a 100-yard game, which bodes well for the Bruins. Franklin this season has rushed for 100 yards four times, and UCLA has won all four of those games. The Bruins are 0-7 when Franklin hasn't reached the century mark.

After the tying touchdown drive, USC had their own three-and-out drive, and was forced to punt. Matt Barkley has completed six of 12 passes for 83 yards, but the touchdown throw came from freshman running back Dillon Baxter. Allen Bradford, who got the start at tailback tonight, has 44 yards rushing on eight carries.

UCLA got the ball back and drove the ball successfully again, this time with some help for Franklin from running back Derrick Coleman, but the Bruins could not gain anything through the air and was forced to punt. UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut has completed just one of eight passes for eight yards in the first quarter. USC begins the second quarter deep in its own territory.

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USC Vs. UCLA: Trojans Strike First From Wildcat, 7-0

Several big plays by the USC Trojans have helped them strike first, taking a 7-0 lead over the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl. A touchdown throw by running back Dillon Baxter, out of the wildcat formation, to tight end Rhett Ellison with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter opened the scoring tonight. The Trojans have had six plays of 10 yards or more on their first two drives.

UCLA went three-and-out on each of its first two drives, collecting two yards on the first drive and losing three yards on the second drive.

USC decided to test the UCLA secondary early, throwing six passes on its first drive, most of medium to deep length. However, Matt Barkley only completed two of the six passes, for 35 yards, on a drive which ended with a one-yard loss by running back Marc Tyler on 4th-and-1 from the UCLA 22-yard line. Barkley has seen limping quite noticeably during the first quarter, but was able to complete all three passes on the second drive.

Sadly, the main news before the game came off the field, from the parking lot, as two people were stabbed in a rather large brawl. Luckily, the two victims were taken to the hospital and listed in fair condition, per the Los Angeles Times. Hopefully, the actions of a few idiots won't detract from the game, as there is no place for that behavior.

For more local college football news, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs for both UCLA (Bruins Nation) and USC (Conquest Chronicles).

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USC Vs. UCLA: Sophomores Johnathan Franklin, Matt Barkley Keys To Tonight's Game

While the seniors for the USC Trojans try to end their college football careers with a fourth straight win over the UCLA Bruins, tonight's game might just come down to a pair of sophomores. UCLA Running back Johnathan Franklin and USC quarterback Matt Barkley both need strong games for their teams to win. Both will be key players to watch tonight at the Rose Bowl.

Franklin, a redshirt sophomore, has rushed for 1,018 yards for the Bruins this season, the first UCLA running back to top 1,000 yards since Chris Markey in 2006. In fact, Franklin is just the third UCLA running back in the last nine seasons to rush for 1,000 yards. For UCLA this season, the formula is simple: when Franklin runs for 100 yards, as he has done four times, they win; when Franklin is held under triple digits on the ground, the Bruins lose. Franklin rushed for 28 yards on four carries in last year's contest against UCLA, but figures to easily top that tonight. Franklin hasn't had fewer than 11 carries in any game this season, and is averaging 18 carries per contest.

Barkley has had a good sophomore season for the Trojans, throwing for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions, a fine improvement over his 15-touchdown, 14-interception tally as a freshman. However, Barkley's production has declined as the season has worn on. After tying a school record with five touchdowns against Cal, Barkley had 20 touchdowns and just four picks on the season. In his last four games (three and a half, really), however, Barkley has just five touchdowns and six interceptions, all while averaging barely over five yards per attempt.

However, the Trojans need Barkley to win. He was sorely missed in last week's loss against Notre Dame, as USC was never able to mount much of an offensive threat with Mitch Mustain at quarterback. Then again, if Ronald Johnson hadn't dropped that pass in the fourth quarter, perhaps there wouldn't be such a sour taste in the mouths of USC fans this week.

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USC Vs. UCLA: Ending Their Season At Rose Bowl, Just Not As They Would Like

The Victory Bell is always important to both the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans, but some years seem less important than others. This is one of those years. The 4-7 Bruins host the 7-5 Trojans tonight at the Rose Bowl in the season finale for both teams. Today is the first time since 2000 that both USC and UCLA are unranked in their meeting. USC holds an 11-6-4 advantage against UCLA when both teams are unranked.

USC leads the all-time series 44-28-7, and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. UCLA has won eight of the 14 meetings at the Rose Bowl. Here are the last five games in the series:

  • 2009: at AP No. 24 USC 28, UCLA 7
  • 2008: No. 5 USC 28, at UCLA 7
  • 2007: at No. 8 USC 24, UCLA 7
  • 2006: at UCLA 13, No. 2 USC 9
  • 2005: at No. 1 USC 66, No. 11 UCLA 19

The Trojans have held the Bruins to seven points in each of the last three meetings, and have held UCLA to under 20 points in five straight games. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket. Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis, and Rebecca Haarlow are on the call.

For more local college football news, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs for both UCLA (Bruins Nation) and USC (Conquest Chronicles).

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USC & UCLA Hope To End Disappointing Seasons On High Note

Sports Network - The season will end on Saturday for both the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins when the long-time, Pac-10 Conference rivals collide at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. USC's 7-5 record would normally be good enough for a bowl bid, but the program is ineligible for postseason play both this season and next because of NCAA sanctions. The violations committed by the Trojans occurred under the previous regime, so first-year head coach Lane Kiffin will be home during bowl season through no fault of his own. Coach Kiffin's group enters this finale with a two-game losing streak, including last weekend's 20-16 setback at home to Notre Dame.

As for UCLA, it enters with a 4-7 record, not what head coach Rick Neuheisel expected entering this season. Like the Trojans, the Bruins come into this tilt on a two-game slide. Last Friday, UCLA put forth a miserable defensive effort in a 55-34 loss to Arizona State, spoiling one of the team's best offensive showings of the campaign. The Bruins have been much better at home than on the road, as three of their four victories have come in the Rose Bowl.

Last season, USC cruised to a 28-7 victory over UCLA to extend its series lead over the Bruins to 43-28-7.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley missed the Notre Dame game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to be on the field for this weekend's affair. Barkley is one of the best players in the Pac-10, as he has completed 63 percent of his passes this season for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has some outstanding targets at his disposal, including Robert Woods and Ronald Johnson. Woods paces the club with 62 catches and 735 receiving yards, while Johnson checks in with eight receiving scores. The top tailback on the roster is Marc Tyler, as he has rushed for 868 yards and nine touchdowns.

While the Trojans are generating 31.2 ppg and 427.9 total ypg, they are permitting 27.8 ppg and 403.5 ypg. USC has yielded 40 touchdowns to opposing offenses, 29 of which have been passing scores. The secondary has struggled mightily, permitting opposing quarterbacks to rack up 262.0 ypg through the air. The run defense could certainly stand some improvement as well, as 4.4 yards per rushing attempt are being allowed. T.J. McDonald paces USC with 89 total tackles, and he has three interceptions to his credit.

Mitch Mustain made the start at quarterback for USC against Notre Dame, and the senior completed 21-of-38 passes for 183 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He did run for a short touchdown, but the Trojan ground attack was limited to 74 yards on 29 attempts, an average of 2.6 yards per attempt. USC was just 4-of-17 on third-down conversion attempts and struggled mightily to sustain drives all night.

Defensively, USC played fairly well against Notre Dame despite surrendering three touchdowns to the Irish. The Trojans only permitted 296 total yards and came up with four takeaways, numbers that will almost always result in victory.

As for UCLA, it is still without quarterback Kevin Prince, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Richard Brehaut has been under center throughout the second half of the season, and he clearly had his best game against Arizona State last week. Brehaut completed 33-of-56 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception, and the quarterback also ran for a score. Taylor Embree made nine catches for 105 yards, and Johnathan Franklin rushed for 73 yards in the setback. It is hard to blame the offense for the loss, as UCLA posted 34 points and 30 first downs along with 442 total yards.

It took a terrible defensive effort by the Bruins to ruin the strong showing of Brehaut and the offense. UCLA's defense was victimized for 595 total yards and six touchdowns, including four passing scores. The club permitted ASU to connect on 28-of-39 passes for 384 yards with no interceptions, while also yielding a staggering 6.6 yards per rushing attempt.

Through 11 games, UCLA is generating 20.7 ppg and 312.9 total ypg, numbers that won't scare any opponent. The Bruins have just eight touchdown passes, and 13 of their passes have been intercepted. Brehaut has completed 55.9 percent of his tosses for 1,066 yards and five scores with six picks. There is a glaring lack of talent at the receiver position, but UCLA does possess an outstanding tailback in the person of Johnathan Franklin. He has rushed for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Opponents are averaging 30.5 ppg and 415.2 total ypg against UCLA, which has plenty of room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Clearly, the coaches can't be happy about the fact that the Bruins are yielding 199.5 rushing ypg at a clip of 5.1 yards per carry. Of the 39 touchdowns that they have permitted, 22 have come on the ground.

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