No. 21 USC knocked off by No. 17 UCLA, 38-28

Associated Press Published: November 17, 2012
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Everything has changed in Los Angeles this season: UCLA entered this showdown with a higher ranking and more victories than USC for the first time in a decade, and the Bruins backed it up.

"When the season started, obviously nobody thought we were going to do what we're doing now," said Hundley, who went 22 for 30 and didn't throw an interception. "But we all knew deep down inside that we could do it, that we had the talent. We can do everything we set our mind to, as long as we work hard."

While Hundley led UCLA with the same preternatural calm he has shown all year, Barkley threw an interception on the game's first play and rarely looked comfortable. Barkley was hammered on a blind-side sack by Barr with 2:21 to play, spending a long moment on the Rose Bowl turf before walking off gingerly and watching USC's final drive from the sideline.

Kiffin refuses to give information on most injuries, and Barkley had a coat over his arm while leaving the Rose Bowl.

Nelson Agholor and Randall Telfer caught TD passes for the Trojans, and Curtis McNeal rushed for 158 yards. Marqise Lee had nine catches for 158 yards, and All-American Robert Woods had five catches for 68 yards.

"UCLA did a great job, but we're very disappointed," said Lee, who had a key early fumble. "We all knew about the stakes in this rivalry game, and we competed. ... Other people, they'll be sad. But to me, we came out against a great team and had too many turnovers."

Franklin and Joseph Fauria scored while UCLA jumped out to an early 24-0 lead under a morning mist that turned into serious rain by halftime at the Rose Bowl.

USC trimmed its huge early deficit to 24-20 on George Uko's fumble recovery in the end zone in the third quarter. The Trojans pulled within 31-28 with Lee's 14-yard TD catch and a 2-point conversion with 7:22 to play.

But Hundley and the Bruins coolly mounted an 83-yard drive, converting a long third down before Franklin — UCLA's career rushing leader, nicknamed Jet Ski — sped across the watery turf for the clinching score.

The teams both wore their home jerseys on the verdant Rose Bowl turf in a return to the distinctive tradition that was revived a few years ago. UCLA abandoned the tradition last year, inexplicably choosing its rivalry game to debut an all-white ensemble that hasn't been seen since its 50-point thrashing.