The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins both picked up exciting, hard-fought wins this weekend, and as a result both schools took home honors on Monday. Fresh after kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Bruins a 17-14 win over the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, kicker Kai Forbath was named the Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week. In addition, safety T.J. McDonald had 13 tackles for the Trojans, and also blocked one punt and partially blocked another, picking up defensive Player of the Week honors for the conference.â†µ
Forbath is a finalist for the Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top kicker. He actually missed two field goals earlier in the game, but his 51-yarder at the end of the game was his 10th 50-yard field goal of his career. He has made 52 of his last 59 field goal attempts, and with 83 field goals made is second all-time in UCLA history, two behind John Lee with 85. The NCAA career record for field goals made is 87.â†µ
McDonald leads the Trojans this season with both 68 tackles and three interceptions. In addition to leading the team with 13 tackles on Saturday, the sophomore also downed one punt on the four yard line.â†µ
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