UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin is stopped just short of the goal line… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)
UCLA 38, USC 28 (final)
The Bruins blocked a 38-yard field-goal try by Andre Heidari with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory and earn the Pac-12 Conference South Division title on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 30 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown while also running for two scores. The Bruins’ Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns. USC quarterback Matt Barkley passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns but had two passes intercepted that led to 14 points for UCLA.
UCLA 38, USC 28 (4:02 left in fourth quarter)
Johnathan Franklin was just penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his 29-yard touchdown run.
It was an unsportsmanlike move, but it was not false advertising.
USC’s hold on L.A.’s college football rivalry has a dagger in it.
Franklin’s run capped an 83-yard drive.
He has 162 yards rushing in 26 carries. He has run for 100-plus yards in a game 18 times in his UCLA career, second only to Gaston Green.
UCLA 31, USC 28 (7:22 left in fourth quarter)
Yes, USC would really like those four points back.
A missed field-goal attempt and a missed point-after try and the Trojans are now trailing by three points.
USC has come at least temporarily back from the dead –- again –- thanks to a couple of Matt Barkley to Marqise Lee passes.
USC was pinned in its own territory and had a third-and-10 situation when Barkley scrambled away from pressure and lofted a pass to Lee for a 39-yard gain.
The duo then teamed up on a 14-yard pass for a touchdown and Barkley connected with Robert Woods for a two-point conversion pass that pulled the Trojans to within a field goal.
UCLA 31, USC 20 (11:49 left in fourth quarter)
It hasn’t been often that Matt Barkley hit a guy in the numbers with a pass, but he just did.
A UCLA guy.
That guy was Eric Kendricks, who caught Barkley’s pass –- which USC receiver it might have been intended for was not clear –- at the UCLA 28-yard line and returned it 10 yards.
UCLA didn’t capitalize on the turnover by scoring, but the clock is ticking away and USC blew yet another scoring opportunity.
Barkley now has had 15 passes intercepted this season; he had seven intercepted last season.
UCLA 31, USC 20 (15:00 in fourth quarter)
With the fourth quarter starting, USC would love to have the four points that it has left off the board.
Andre Heidari missed a point-after try following a touchdown in the first half and again was wide left on a 44-yard field-goal attempt late in the third quarter.
Matt Barkley has completed 14 of 27 passes for 190 yards and Curtis McNeal has run for 94 yards for the Trojans.
Brett Hundley has completed 19 of 26 passes for 196 yards for the Bruins while Johnathan Franklin has 98 yards rushing.
UCLA 31, USC 20 (9:57 left in third quarter)
A partially blocked punt has helped the Bruins extend their lead.
Eric Kendricks broke through the line and got a hand on a punt by Kyle Negrete deep in USC territory.
The punt ended up bouncing 20 yards down field, but it gave UCLA the ball at the USC 33-yard line and the Bruins were in the end zone less than a minute later.
Hundley ran for the touchdown on a keeper after a nifty fake handoff to Johnathan Franklin.
Hundley also threw a beautiful touch pass to Shaquelle Evans for a 25-yard gain that helped set up the score.
UCLA 24, USC 20 (13:53 left in third quarter)
Just kidding about that 50-0 crack.
What I meant was that sooner or later that team that won 50-0 last year would have to straighten itself out.
USC opened the second half in a similar way UCLA opened the first: by taking advantage of a turnover.
On UCLA’s third play from scrimmage in the third quarter, the snap from center toward Brett Hundley in shotgun formation never got airborne.
Running back Johnathan Franklin picked up it, but lost the handle and the ball got batted around until it rolled into the end zone, where USC defensive lineman George Uko fell on it for a touchdown. Andre Heidari was wide left on the point-after try.
By the way, it’s now raining at the Rose Bowl -– the first time it’s rained during a UCLA-USC game since 1961.
UCLA won that game, 10-7.
UCLA 24, USC 14 (halftime)
UCLA spent much of the first half looking unstoppable, yet somehow USC has made it a game.
Some halftime stats:
--UCLA has outgained USC, 234-216 and has the advantage in time of possession, 18 minutes 38 seconds to 11:22.
--Quarterback Brett Hundley has been a model of efficiency, completing 16 of 19 passes – to six different receivers – for 141 yards and a touchdown.
--Johnathan Franklin has rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown in 10 carries.
--Matt Barkley has completed nine of 15 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns – and one costly interception – for USC.
--Curtis McNeal has 76 yards rushing in 10 carries.