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Instant analysis: UCLA 38, USC 28

November, 17, 2012
11/17/12
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PASADENA, Calif. -- A wild game in Southern California ended with the crowning of a Pac-12 South champion and clear power shift in Los Angeles. Here’s how it all went down at the Rose Bowl.

It was over when: Johnathan Franklin dashed for a 29-yard touchdown run with 4:02 left in the game -- extending UCLA’s lead to 38-28.

It was really over when: Sheldon Price blocked a 38-yard USC field goal attempt with 1:31 left in the game.

Game ball goes to: For as poised and impressive as redshirt freshman Brett Hundley was, it’s got to be Franklin, who blew up in a big way by rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

Unsung hero: UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks had a monster game, notching eight tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.

Stat of the game -- 14: The number of UCLA points off of turnovers.

What it means for UCLA: The Bruins claim the Pac-12 South. Depending on what happens in tonight’s Stanford-Oregon game, UCLA might control the outcome of who wins the North. If Stanford wins tonight, the Cardinal could wrap up the North next week when they travel to UCLA. It’s a bizarre scenario. Or, UCLA could get a crack at the Ducks if Oregon wins tonight. Either way, there are no asterisks this year for the Bruins.

What it means for USC: For starters, a lot of looking in the mirror. The turnovers were killers, and now they have to close out a disappointing year -- against an undefeated Notre Dame team -- knowing they have no shot at playing in a BCS bowl game. This was the cherry on USC’s bummer sundae.

Halftime: UCLA 24, USC 14

November, 17, 2012
11/17/12
1:07
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Just when it looked like the UCLA Bruins were going to pull away, Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans brushed off a horrific start and trail 24-14 at halftime.

The Bruins jumped out to a 24-0 lead, capitalizing on a Barkley interception on the first offensive play of the game and a Marqise Lee fumble.

A very efficient first half from quarterback Brett Hundley (16-of-19, 141 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing) and the powerful running of Johnathan Franklin had the Bruins in the driver’s seat.

But after UCLA scored on its fourth straight possession, Barkley finally got USC on the board with 5:58 left in the half on a 33-yard touchdown to Nelson Agholor. The Trojans defense finally got a stop and Barkley hit Randall Telfer on a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Barkley is 9-of-15 for 135 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. UCLA gets the ball to start the second half.

USC-UCLA pregame

November, 17, 2012
11/17/12
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Good morning from The Rose Bowl and not-so-sunny Southern California.

The most obvious storyline for this afternoon’s game between USC and UCLA is that the winner is the Pac-12 South champion and punches its ticket to the Pac-12 championship game.

But there are also plenty of subplots -- like the resurgence of the Bruins under new head coach Jim Mora and the fact that UCLA is ranked ahead of USC for the first time since 2001.

But the Trojans have a pretty good offensive weapon named Marqise Lee. The receiver has 663 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his past three games. For the season, Lee has seven 100-yard receiving games, which leads the Pac-12 and is tied for the most in FBS. He has 792 yards after the catch, the most of any player from an AQ school.

Look for him to tax a UCLA defense that ranks 10th in the conference against the pass and yields 266 yards per game.

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin has been pretty good also -- especially when he runs outside the tackles, where he averages 8 yards per carry.

With plenty of offensive weapons on both sidelines and middle-of-the-road defenses, we’re expecting a high scoring affair.

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