November 18, 2012 in Sports

Bruins earn rare win over Trojans

 
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UCLA freshman quarterback Brett Hundley passed for one TD and ran for two more in win over USC.
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PASADENA, Calif. – When Anthony Barr roared through the line and hit Matt Barkley squarely in the No. 7 on his back, the roar rising out of the Rose Bowl was loud enough for a whole city to hear.

After so many years underneath Southern California, UCLA is on top of Los Angeles and the Pac-12 South, thanks to a first-year head coach and a freshman quarterback.

Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 21 USC 38-28 Saturday, clinching the Pac-12 South title and emphatically snapping a five-game losing streak in their crosstown showdown.

Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception for the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who overcame intermittent second-half rain and USC’s star-studded lineup with a steady effort.

A year after USC obliterated the Bruins 50-0 in a game that led to a coaching change in Westwood, UCLA punctuated its one-year revitalization under Jim Mora with its first win over the Trojans (7-4, 5-4) since 2006 – just their second in 14 years.

“It’s a great moment, and I’m excited,” said Mora, the winningest first-year coach in UCLA history.

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns for UCLA.


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