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Brett Hundley, defense lead UCLA to 35-14 victory over USC

November 30, 2013|By Mike Hiserman
  • UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh sacks USC quarterback Cody Kessler for the second time in the first quarter Saturday at the Coliseum.
UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh sacks USC quarterback Cody Kessler for… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Make it two in a row for UCLA Coach Jim Mora over USC.

The Bruins, behind playmaking quarterback Brett Hundley and a defense that thwarted USC's passing game and forced two turnovers, defeated the Trojans, 35-14, Saturday night before a near-capacity crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The victory was UCLA's first on USC's home field since 1997, and the Bruins had not posted back-to-back wins over the Trojans since 1997-98. UCLA defeated USC, 38-28, last season.

UCLA's victory also probably means the end for USC's Ed Orgeron, whose backers were hoping a win over the Bruins might help him shed the interim head coach tag he's carried for the last nine weeks.

UCLA improved to 9-3 overall, 6-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. USC dropped to 9-4 overall, 6-3 in conference games. The Trojans are 6-2 since Orgeron replaced Lane Kiffin.

UCLA came into the game ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. USC was one spot back in each.

The Bruins had lost their previous four games against teams ranked in the AP top 25.

Hundley was the difference. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 208 yards and was UCLA's leading rusher with 80 yards and two touchdowns in 13 carries.

His scrambling ability was a key reason UCLA converted eight of 15 third-down plays.

Javorius Allen ran for 123 yards and a touchdown in 23 carries for USC -- his fourth triple-digits rushing effort in the last five games -- but UCLA still held a 188-140 advantage in rushing yardage.

Jordon James carried 16 times for 54 yards for UCLA, and Paul Perkins added 34 yards in six carries.

Meantime, USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who was red hot of late, completed a tame 17 of 28 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Operating behind an offensive line that lost center Marcus Martin early in the first quarter and guard Aundrey Walker early in the third quarter, Kessler was sacked six times for losses totaling 43 yards.

Kessler had completed 73% of his passes in the previous four games.


UCLA 35, USC 14 (3:50 left in fourth quarter)

It's all over but the partying in Westwood.

Paul Perkins ran in from eight yards out after Brett Hundley gained 24 yards on a run.

The Bruins took four plays to move 38 yards after Anthony Barr forced a USC fumble and Cassius Marsh recovered.


It seems like Anthony Barr isn't in on as many plays as he was last season, but he still contributes big plays.

Barr stripped USC quarterback Cody Kessler of the ball just as Kessler was about to pass, and Cassius Marsh recovered for UCLA.

That might be a dagger for the Bruins, who have the ball at the USC 38 with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter.


The first turnover of the game has UCLA looking good.

USC was driving deep in UCLA territory when Javorius Allen dropped the ball after taking in a short pass from Cody Kessler.

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack beat USC tackle Chad Wheeler to the ball and the Bruins are in businss with a two-touchdown lead and the ball early in the fourth quarter.


We're in the fourth quarter with UCLA leading USC, 28-14, but the Trojans are driving.

USC converted on a third-and-14 play when Cody Kessler connected with Marqise Lee for exactly 14 yards.

USC has the ball on the UCLA 44, second down and eight yards to go.


UCLA 28, USC 14 (3:18 left in third quarter)

What Ishmael Adams started, Brett Hundley finished.

Adams gave UCLA great field position with a 51-yard kickoff return, and Hundley was unstoppable the rest of the way.

Adams has returned three kickoffs for 130 yards.

Hundley accounted for all but six yards on the Bruins' 54 yard scoring march.

On the touchdown, he ran around right end, beating USC linebacker Devon Kennard on a five-yard play.

UCLA 21, USC 14 (6:12 left in third quarter)

Xavier Grimble, because of injuries, has been quiet this season.

Cody Kessler, because of UCLA's defense, had been quiet tonight.

Until Kessler hit a wide-open-over-the-middle Grimble with a 21-yard scoring pass.

USC drove 80 yardes in seven plays, the big gain a 33-yard run by Javorius Allen, who has 109 yards in 16 carries -- his fourth triple-digit rushing effort in five games.


UCLA 21, USC 7 (9:50 left in third quarter)

Nine plays and 85 yards for UCLA on its first seconnd-half possession.

Oh, and a touchdown.

Brett Hundley had a 12-yard scoring pass to Devin Lucien called back when Lucien came down with his left foot on the sideline.

So UCLA called a quarterback draw on the next play, a third-down-and-five, and Hundley ran it for a touchdown.


On its first possession of the second half, USC has lost a second starting offensive lineman to injury.

Right guard Aundrey Walker has been carted off the field with a left-leg injury. Center Marcus Martin was injured in the first quarter.

John Martinez is now playing right guard. Abe Markowitz is the center.

USC moved into UCLA territory on its first drive, but Javorius Allen was dropped for a yard loss by linebacker Anthony Barr on a third-and-one sweep to the left.


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