Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Some numbers to watch on Saturday for Marqise Lee, Johnathan Franklin, the USC Trojans, and UCLA Bruins as they battle for the Victory Bell at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans meet for the 82nd time on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner headed to the Pac-12 Championship Game. Saturday's contest figures to be a far cry from last season's 50-0 drubbing of the Bruins by the Trojans, as UCLA heads into Saturday with a better record and higher ranking than their preseason No. 1 crosstown rivals. Here's a look at some numbers to remember for Saturday's game.
2001: This was the last time the Bruins were ranked higher than the Trojans when they played. Eleven years ago, the unranked Trojans beat the No. 20 Bruins, 27-0 at the Coliseum. UCLA enters Saturday ranked No. 17 in the BCS, with USC right behind at No. 18. The Bruins have larger advantages over the Trojans in the AP poll (17, 21) and coaches poll (16, 21).
2005: This was the last time that both USC and UCLA were ranked when they played. The No. 1 Trojans throttled the No. 11 Bruins, 66-19. It was the 34th consecutive victory for USC, though the win was later vacated by the NCAA after the Reggie Bush scandal.
14, 86: The number of receptions and yards, respectively, needed by USC wide receiver extraordinaire Marqise Lee to set new Pac-12 seasonal records. Lee has more receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,447) than anyone in the country, including a whopping 38 catches, 661 yards, and five touchdown receptions in his last three weeks. The Pac-12 record for receptions was set by Lee's teammate Robert Woods, who caught 111 passes last year. The Pac-12 record for receiving yards is 1,532, set by Mike Hass of Oregon State in 2005. Johnnie Morton holds the USC school record for receiving yards, with 1,520 yards in 1993.
69.0%: The completion percentage of redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, who has had a remarkable first year for Jim Mora and the Bruins. Hundley has thrown for 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions, with a quarterback efficiency rating of 157.53, third best in the Pac-12. Just ahead of Hundley is Trojans senior quarterback Matt Barkley, with a quarterback efficiency of 160.04, with 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
19: Passing completions needed by Barkley to reach 1,000 in his career, to extend the Pac-12 record he already holds. Barkley also needs 46 passing attempts to top Carson Palmer's 1,569 career throws for both the USC school record and Pac-12 Conference record.
275: All-purpose yards needed by UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin needed to break the school record, set by Maurice Jones-Drew from 2003-2005. Franklin, who has 4,414 all-purpose yards in his career, has a career-high 1,270 rushing yards this season, and set the all-time UCLA rushing record against Arizona on Nov. 3. Franklin has 17 games of 100 rushing yards or more, including seven this season, and needs three more 100-yard games to tie Gaston Green for the most such games in school history.
14, 31: Sacks allowed by the Trojans and Bruins, respectively, this season. Both teams have been adept at getting to the quarterback, as UCLA's 39 sacks and USC's 37 rank third and fourth in the conference. But the Trojans' relative ability to keep Barkley safe from harm could make the difference on Sunday.
Nine: The record for wins by a first-year UCLA head coach, set by Terry Donohue in 1976. Jim Mora in his first year with the Bruins is 8-2, with two regular season games remaining plus a bowl game and potentially the Pac-12 Championship Game (if UCLA wins Saturday against USC). Mora is tied for second among Bruins first year coaches with Tommy Prothro, who won eight games in 1965.
Eight: Number of points separating these two teams. Through 10 games, UCLA has scored 377 points while USC has scored 369. The two teams are pretty evenly matched in total offense and total defense. UCLA has averaged 496.8 yards per game on offense, third in the Pac-12, while USC has averaged 462.9 yards on offense, fourth in the conference. The Trojans are seventh in the conference in total defense with 390.8 yards per game allowed, while the Bruins are eighth at 411.0 yards per game.
Four: Current winning streak by UCLA, their longest streak since an eight-game winning streak in 2005.
One: Win needed by USC for their 11th consecutive season of eight wins or more.