LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Curtis McNeal #22 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

USC Vs. Cal: Trojans Rebound With 27-9 Win

After a devastating upset loss to Stanford, USC was able to right the ship by feeding their stable of RB's in a dominating victory over the Golden Bears on Saturday.

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USC cornerback Brian Baucham has been hospitalized with a breathing issue that occurred following the Trojans' win over Cal on Saturday.


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USC Vs. Cal Results: Trojans Win 27-9, 9th Straight Win Over Bears

The USC Trojans running backs were let loose and took full advantage of their opportunities in the team's 27-9 win over the California Golden Bears Saturday, giving the Trojans a rebound win after being upset last week. The major concern going forward, however, will be the health of center Khaled Holmes, who was hurt again.

Curtis McNeal starred in the first half for the Trojans and finished the game with 115 rushing yards in just ten carries. The senior running back did have a turnover, though, as McNeal put a ball on the turf in the third quarter that was recovered by the Golden Bears. Meanwhile, Silas Redd took 21 carries for 158 rushing yards and found the end zone once.

However, Trojans star quarterback Matt Barkley did not perform as well as he could have. The senior quarterback completed 22 of 34 passes while throwing for just 192 yards. While he did have two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, he was also at fault for a pair of interceptions.

Outside of three field goals by Golden Bears kicker Vincenzo D'Amato, not much went right for the California Golden Bears offense.

Box Score Hero: Trojans running back Curtis McNeal accumulated 115 yards on the ground in just ten carries, good for an average of 11.5 yards per carry.

Rankings Ramifications: The California Golden Bears will remain unranked and the USC Trojans may improve slightly in the rankings following their home win. But that will depend on the teams ahead of them suffering losses.

But Did They Cover? The Trojans opened as 17-point favorites and were bet down to as low as 16 or 16.5-point favorites. Since they won the game by 18 points, the Trojans were able to cover.

For More On This Game: For more on the California Golden Bears, join the discussion over at California Golden Blogs. For more on USC football, join the discussion over at Conquest Chronicles. You can also check out everything we have to offer at SB Nation's college football hub.

Next Week's Schedule: Now 3-1 on the season, the Trojans will prepare to take on the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears will look to recover Saturday, Sept. 29 against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Memorial Stadium.

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USC Vs. Cal: Max Tuerk, Aundrey Walker Compete At LT For Trojans

The USC Trojans had a difficult time running their offense -- especially in the second half -- against the Stanford Cardinal in Saturday night's 21-14 upset loss. The running game was completely shut down, and quarterback Matt Barkley was sacked five times.

Seeking to address that issue, coach Lane Kiffin opened a competition between two offensive linemen -- incumbent Aundrey Walker, a sophomore, and freshman Max Tuerk, who is No. 2 behind Walker on the Trojans' depth chart.

Kiffin had this to say Monday to open the week leading up to USC's game against California:

"The team was informed (Sunday) that Max Tuerk is getting reps with the ones. There will be competition (at left tackle) between Max and Aundrey Walker."

This is a pretty clear indication that failure to protect your quarterback means you could lose your spot. Walker is a 6'6, 300-pound 19-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio who played last season as a true freshman. Tuerk, 18, is a true freshman from Santa Margarita, Calif. He's 6'6 and 285 pounds, and can also play guard.

Talk about the contest with USC fans at Conquest Chronicles, with Cal fans at the California Golden Blogs, and with Pac-12 fans at Pacific Takes.

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