The first half of UCLA football was pretty solid on the offensive side of the ball, as the Bruins out gained the Trojans in total yards 269-257. However, the two areas that have made Bruins fans scream this year resulted in 21 Southern California points. First, the Trojans scored 14 points directly or indirectly via special teams plays. Second, a huge missed tackle by a Quintin Lake resulted in a Velus Jones Jr. touchdown on a play that should have only resulted in a small gain.
With that being said, the Bruins were in the game at the half and only down 24-21, and they received the second half kickoff. UCLA was on a nice drive to start the second half, but the Bruins picked a bad time for their first turnover. Speight dropped back and looked deep for Demetric Felton, and Isaiah Langley made a play on the ball and intercepted it. Felton did not do a good job of fighting for the ball, but the interception gave the Trojans their first possession of the half.
The Trojans turned that UCLA turnover into points, as JT Danials made a couple of big plays on the Trojans first drive, with a completion to Michael Pittman Jr. for 37 yards being the big one. However, the Bruins defense did hold the Trojans to a 22 yard field goal, and put Southern California up 27-21 at the mid-way point of the third quarter.
The third quarter saw the Trojans become a little more balanced on the offensive side of the ball as they gained a total of 149 yards, with 88 coming through the air and 66 coming on the ground. The Bruins only managed 54 total yards on offense during the quarter.
The entire Southern Cal team just mocked UCLAs sideline calisthenics during the quarter break. If that doesnt motivate this team, nothing will. #GoBruins #8Clap #UCLA #BeatSC
“Tommy has been vandalized in the past unfortunately by the guys across town,” one of the USC students on guard told CBS2. “Every couple of years they try and pull some shenanigans, whether that’s trying to paint him, that’s why we’ve got that duct tape up there.”
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You have to love rivalries, and there was a hope that this little antic by the Trojans would pump up the Bruins to start the 4th quarter, and the Bruin it pumped up the most was UCLAs Joshua Kelly. As Kelleys four carries on the next drive accounted for 71 yards of UCLAs 97 yard drive. The big carry, was Kelleys 55 yard TD run that put the Bruins up 28-27 early in the fourth quarter.
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Then on Southern Californias next possession, first play, JT Danials dropped back and threw an absolutely horrible pass that was picked off by Darnay Holmes at the UCLA 41 yard line.
Wilton Speight wasted no time moving the Bruins down the field, and giving Kelley a little rest, as Speight hit Wilson for a 15 yard completion and then Pabico for 11 yards to quickly get the Bruins down to the Trojans 24 yard line. On a big 3rd down play, Southern Cal was flagged for holding Kelly on a pass play that set up 1st a goal for the Bruins. However, the Bruins were denied on 3rd and 2, as a play action pass play was sniffed out by the Trojans, and Speights pass to Devin Asiasi was defended. J.J. Molson did hit a 19 yard field goal to put the Bruins up 31-27 with 6:19 left in the game.
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UCLAs defense stepped up huge and held the Trojans on their next possession. Krys Barnes made the big play of the drive as he tackled V. Malepeai for a loss of 4 yards and forced a Trojan punt.
UCLA are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 33.3 points per game before their next match. They will look to defend their home turf on Saturday against USC at 4:30 p.m. The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close match.
The Bruins were not able to gain much on their next drive, and were forced to kick a 48 yard field goal to extend their lead 34-27 with 2:41 remaining in the game.
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This set up the Trojans and their last attempt to drive down the field and tie the game. The Bruins defense once again stepped up and held on 4th down as JT Danials pass to Amon St. Brown was deflected, and the Bruins went into celebration mode.
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I know there are a lot of thoughts on this game, and I definitely am looking forward to reading yours below Bruins Nation. SO SOUND OFF!! WE BEAT $C!
UCLAs last game of the year comes next Saturday, Novemebr 24th as they will be home to face the Stanford Cardinal at Noon PST.
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The glory days of Southern California football appears to be over, with the latest kick below the belt being Saturdays loss to the lowly UCLA Bruins. Alumni are displeased with the performance of the team this season, as the Trojans are unlikely to compete in a bowl game at the end of the year with their current 5-6 record.
One alumni who was not happy with the Trojans latest performance is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who exclaimed that this is not the USC he remembers.
Smith-Schuster knows all about the success of the USC football program during his three seasons in Los Angeles.
During that span, he appeared in two consecutive Holiday Bowls and appeared in the classic Rose Bowl game against the Penn State Nittany Lions, where USC emerged victorious thanks to the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold.
The absence of Smith-Schuster and Darnold is showing, as head coach Clay Helton is struggling without the ace talent on his roster.
That’s when UCLA took over the game with a seven-play, 97-yard drive, capped with a 52-yard touchdown run from Joshua Kelley. The score put him at 256 yards for the game and gave the Bruins 28-27 lead after a JJ Molson extra point. The kicker would add a pair of field goals to make it 34-27 with 2:36 left in the game, following horrific USC drives deep in their own territory.
Well, if anything can get Smith-Schusters mind off his alma maters growing pains, its the success of his Steelers, who look to be in prime position to clinch a playoff berth in the coming weeks.