USC: Johnathan Franklin

Roundtable: Season in review 

November, 29, 2012
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Marqise LeeMatt Kartozian/US PresswireMarqise Lee's 345-yard, two-touchdown performance against Arizona was universally lauded by the WeAreSC roundtable as one of the Trojans' best performances.
There were many ups and downs during the 2012 season. Give your responses on the following items (good or bad) that helped shape the season.

Biggest individual plays

Garry Paskwietz

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Halftime: UCLA 24, USC 14

November, 17, 2012
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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.

W2W4: USC-UCLA

November, 16, 2012
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The USC Trojans (No. 18 BCS, No. 21 AP) and UCLA Bruins (No. 17 BCS, No. 17 AP) haven't matched up in a game that meant this much in a long time.

The winner of Saturday's 12 p.m. PT game at the Rose Bowl will secure the Pac-12 South title and earn a trip to the conference championship to compete for a bid to another game at the Rose Bowl.

Here are 10 things to watch in the winner-take-all matchup:

1. Mora vs. Kiffin. Long-term, the most important takeaway from this game will be who takes the upper hand between the two coaches who seem destined for a nice rivalry. Jim Mora and Lane Kiffin have the perfect mix of similarities and differences to make things interesting -- coaching bloodlines, NFL failures and recruiting successes, plus their opposite personalities. Mora is engaging and exciting as a speaker; Kiffin is, at his best, mildly entertaining. But who's a better coach? Perhaps we'll find out on Saturday.

2. More Marqise Lee. Lee hasn't lost any of his luster over the past couple of weeks, as he continues to be probably the second-hottest player in the country, behind only Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. The whole defense thing from last week didn't work out, and Lee said he won't be playing there this week, but even so, he should be able to exploit a weak UCLA secondary. Lee is just 14 catches, 86 yards and four touchdowns away from breaking the Pac-12 single-season marks in all three categories.

3. Strength vs. weakness. If this isn't a recipe for abject disaster, what is? UCLA's biggest weakness is its secondary, and specifically, at corner. USC's biggest strength is its receivers, the top pass-catching duo in the nation. If the Bruins single-cover Lee with Sheldon Price or Aaron Hester at any point, they'll essentially be inviting the Trojans to score a touchdown. If they double- or triple-cover him, they'll be inviting Kiffin to re-explore throwing the ball to Robert Woods, which has never worked out too poorly for USC.

4. Hundley and Franklin. USC has Lee and Matt Barkley. UCLA has Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin, and the Bruins' duo isn't far off in terms of overall excitement and ability to explode for dynamic plays. It'll be particularly interesting to see how the Trojans try to stop Franklin, who has reinvented himself this season as an outside runner after running mostly between the tackles in the old Bruins scheme. As for Hundley, he's a dual-threat quarterback who has been more effective as a passer than a runner, and he makes his living passing short to backs and tight ends. In fact, only one of the Bruins' top four receivers is an actual wide receiver, and only four of Hundley's 24 touchdown passes have gone to an actual receiver, not counting newly healthy running back/receiver Damien Thigpen.

5. The offensive lines. No, they won't be battling directly against one another, but the Trojans' and Bruins' lines will collectively determine a lot of what happens at the Rose Bowl. UCLA's offensive line is particularly young and hasn't kept Hundley off the ground, but the Trojans' linemen probably would've been on the hook for more sacks if Kiffin didn't call so many three-step drops because of them. Who will step up to the occasion? If there's an indicator, maybe it's that USC starts a fifth-year senior at center in Khaled Holmes, and UCLA starts a redshirt freshman, Jake Brendel.

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Five storylines: USC-UCLA 

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Here are five storylines as USC (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) travels to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) on Saturday.

1. Battle of L.A. is even more relevant this year: You don’t need any extra incentive to get the juices pumping for this game, but this year there is the added motivation of having the winner advance to the Pac-12 title game. It’s an unexpected development when you consider where both teams started the season. But it’s no fluke. Jim Mora has quickly re-energized the UCLA program, and it is trying to take advantage of a USC program that has stumbled a few times. The Trojans, however, have the memories of last year’s 50-0 whitewash over the Bruins to serve as a reminder of how good they can be.

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AP Photo/Wily LowMarqise Lee could be primed for another huge game when he squares off against a suspect UCLA secondary.
2. Can Marqise Lee continue his torrid streak?: There might not be a hotter player in all of college football. Lee is No. 2 in the nation in all-purpose yards, receptions and reception yards after a 10-catch, 161-yard performance last week when he was suffering from an allergic reaction. Assuming he is allergy-free on Saturday, look for Lee to exploit a UCLA secondary that is struggling this year. The Bruins’ pass defense is giving up 266 passing yards per game, which is No. 103 in the country.

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Built to Perform: USC run defense

November, 14, 2012
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One of the key areas for USC in its upcoming game with UCLA is the ability of the Trojans to stop the Bruins’ run game.

UCLA runs a no-huddle, spread offense featuring senior tailback Johnathan Franklin, who is among the nation’s leading rushers, and redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, who has been very efficient this season. The ability to successfully run the football has been a big part of why the Bruins are 8-2 in the first year under coach Jim Mora. UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is a familiar name for USC fans -- he was at the controls of the Arizona State offense in 2011 when the Sun Devils beat the Trojans in Tempe.

So far in 2012, the Trojans are giving up 3.9 yards per rush, while the Bruins are averaging 4.7 yards per rush with 45 attempts per game. USC has seen varying results against the run in recent weeks against teams who use a spread offense. The Trojans held Arizona State to just 71 rushing yards last week but gave up 321 yards on the ground two weeks ago to Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.

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Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireUSC senior safety T.J. McDonald will be relied upon to help contain the running prowess of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
Here are three important ways the USC defense is built to perform in this game:

Stopping Franklin: The all-time leading rusher in UCLA history is also the nation’s No. 6 leading rusher with 1,270 yards. It will be critical for the USC defense to be aggressive and make early contact. The Trojans are No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss, and that stat will be important to watch as USC hopes to limit the number of open-field runs for Franklin.

The Hundley factor: USC senior safety T.J. McDonald could play a major role here to help contain the young Bruins signal-caller. Hundley isn’t afraid to run the football -- he has 111 rush attempts -- and he has six touchdowns on the ground this year. He is a very steady player and hasn’t been rattled a lot this season but this game will be a step up on every level. Look for Monte Kiffin to use McDonald in different ways to confuse Hundley as much as possible.

Inexperience on the line: The Bruins start three freshmen on the offensive line, and you can be sure the Trojans’ defensive line will be looking to take advantage of that. USC is coming off one of its best D-line performances of the year, and Ed Orgeron’s group is getting production from multiple players right now. Senior end Wes Horton has battled back from an early-season injury to be playing at a high level, while Morgan Breslin and Leonard Williams have been very effective as well.

Pac-12 Heisman tracker

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A little bit of movement, as you'd expect, on the Pac-12 Heisman tracker after Week 3. Neither of your Pac-12 bloggers is ready to cast Matt Barkley aside. One bad game -- especially early in the year -- doesn't completely crush a Heisman campaign. Even David Shaw called Barkley the best quarterback in the country. But it certainly didn't help, which is why he drops to third this week.

De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, WR/RB
  • Week 3 numbers: Rushed three times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught three balls for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also returned four punts for 87 yards.
  • Season numbers: Thirteen rushes for 228 yards (17.5 yards per run) and four touchdowns. Eleven catches for 154 yards (14 yards per reception) and three touchdowns.
  • What went well: Another blowout win for the Ducks provides us with our usual weekly dose of DAT highlights, including a season-high 59-yard run and a season-high 49-yard reception.
  • Any questions? A couple of fumbles put a bit of a stain on the performance. That 49-yard reception, when he showed off some ridiculous moves, would have been a 50-yard touchdown, but he had the ball knocked out on the goal line. Heady play by Jake Fisher to not give up on the play and to fall on the ball for the score.
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB
  • Week 3 numbers: Rushed for 110 yards on 25 carries with no touchdowns. Caught four balls for 58 yards.
  • Season numbers: Sixty-six rushes for 541 yards (8.2 yards per run) with three touchdowns. Eight receptions for 121 yards (15.1 yards per reception) with a touchdown.
  • What went well: UCLA won against an overmatched Houston team. The Bruins are 3-0 with a chance to make a nice impression when they host Oregon State this weekend. If they keep winning and Franklin keeps putting out the yards, he'll stay in the picture.
  • Any questions? The yards are there, and Franklin still leads the country in rushing with 180.3 yards per game. But the rushing touchdowns are on the lower end when you look at it from a national perspective. Even within the conference, Kenjon Barner has six and Ka'Deem Carey has five.
Matt Barkley, USC, QB
  • Week 3 numbers: Completed just 20 of 41 passes for 254 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Season numbers: Completed 66 of 109 passes (60.6 percent) with 813 yards and 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
  • What went well: The hope is that his performance will light a fire under Barkley and the Trojans. If you have to lose, better to do it to a ranked team early in the season. Other than seeing how he handles the loss, which we won't know until he steps on the field against Cal, there isn't much about his performance that was redeeming.
  • Any questions? How much time you got? He failed to throw a touchdown for the first time in 18 games -- and, given the weapons he has at his disposal, that seems almost unheard of. Heisman voters don't take backup centers into consideration. They look at the numbers. And the numbers weren't good.

McNeal makes Doak Walker watch list

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USC running back Curtis McNeal has made the Doak Walker Award watch list, it was announced Thursday.

The Walker Award goes to the nation's best running back each season. It's McNeal's first time being recognized for the award.

The senior McNeal ran for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns on just 145 carries last season, finishing the year averaging almost seven yards per carry.

Seven other Pac-12 backs were put on the list Thursday, including UCLA's Johnathan Franklin, Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Stanford's Stepfan Taylor.

There is just one more watch list set to be released this week, capping off the flurry of announcements over the last 10 days. The Walter Camp Award, which goes to the best player in all of college football, will release its watch list Friday.

Grades: UCLA-USC

November, 26, 2011
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GradePASSING ATTACK
That was, uh...almost perfect from Matt Barkley. He was on his game from the start Saturday, completing 16 of his first 17 passes. Freshman Marqise Lee had another ridiculous game and Robert Woods fought through injuries to post a double-digit, double-TD catch performance.

GradeRUSHING ATTACK
Lane Kiffin didn't want to run the ball much in an obvious attempt to get Barkley, Woods and Lee their records, but Curtis McNeal and Marc Tyler both did well with their brief chances. McNeal wasn't touched by a UCLA defender on his 73-yard scoring run.

GradeIN THE TRENCHES
USC allowed one sack Saturday, meaning the Trojans allowed only eight all season, meaning this rag-tag group broke the record for fewest sacks given up in a year. Combined with the defensive line's consistent pressure on Kevin Prince, that's certainly worth an 'A.'

GradeDEFENSE
Completing a steady course of improvement throughout the 2011 season, the USC defense shut down the Bruins' productive pistol offense whenever it got close to the end zone. This was Monte Kiffin's famed bend-but-don't-break style perfected. Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman couldn't get going at all.

GradeSPECIAL TEAMS
The kickoff-return team that has been a bit of a dark spot for the Trojans this season didn't have any big mis-haps this time. Punter Kyle Negrete boomed the ball whenever he was called onto the field. USC's kicker and punter will be serious strengths in 2012.

GradeCOACHING
Maybe Kiffin's sportsmanship can be questioned after he refused to let up on UCLA in the second half, but his play-calling certainly can't. He knew exactly how to beat the Bruins' defense time and time again and didn't shy away from doing so whatsoever.

5 things to watch: UCLA-USC

November, 25, 2011
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1. Uniforms? It's been the talk of the town this week, what kind of jerseys the two schools are going to wear for the annual crosstown rivalry game. For its part, USC has said it will be wearing its normal home cardinal-and-gold uniforms, but UCLA is hinting at an all-white alternate combination, which would certainly attract some eyes and get some attention. It's worth noting that teams wearing non-normal jerseys -- Colorado and Notre Dame -- have not fared well against the Trojans this season, and it's also worth noting that USC coach Lane Kiffin wasn't terribly pleased with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel when he heard the news about the Bruins' uniforms. The schools have both worn their home uniforms each of the last three seasons after Neuheisel and Pete Carroll petitioned the NCAA to allow it.

UCLAUSC2. Barkley4Heisman? With all the talk about USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the Heisman Trophy this week after USC's upset win over Oregon, one thing still remains before the all-out hype machine begins: The Trojans need to beat the Bruins. If they don't -- or even if they just sneak by -- Barkley's candidacy will be ruined. He needs to have a big game and USC needs to win in excessive fashion, otherwise voters are really going to forget about him by the time most vote in two weeks. Barkley has often talked about ending his Trojans' career with a bang, and beating UCLA handily would certainly qualify.

3. The pistol. Kiffin said it this week when asked about Rich Rodriguez' hiring over at Arizona: The Pac-12 is becoming the league of unusual offensive schemes. UCLA is no different, and the Trojans haven't necessarily had success defending the pistol in the past. (Remember the 2010 season opener against Hawaii?) The Bruins appear to have gotten it down really well in recent weeks, and quarterback Kevin Prince is the biggest threat to run USC has faced in a quarterback all season. The Trojans did face a team with multiple talented tailbacks a week ago in Oregon's LaMichael James, De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner, so UCLA's tandem of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman won't be an unheard-of threat.

4. Milestones. A number of USC players are on the cusp of some season- and career-long milestones, including receiver Marqise Lee and running back Curtis McNeal. Lee, a freshman, is just 81 receiving yards away from 1,000 on the season. McNeal, a junior, is just 119 rushing yards away from 1,000 on the season. And sophomore receiver Robert Woods needs only one catch to reach 100 on the year and four catches to break Keyshawn Johnson's single-season record. For what it's worth, Kiffin said that the Trojans will not be specifically trying to get those guys the ball early, but, if it's a blowout, they'll make sure as much as they can that the three of them get as many chances as possible to break the individual records.

5. Keeping it up defensively. As freshman linebacker Dion Bailey said this week, USC's defensive surge this season from disappointing to respectable would all be for naught if the Trojans relented against UCLA this week and gave up 30-plus points to the Bruins. A 9-3 record would essentially negate the progress Monte Kiffin's unit has made all season, and the Bruins do have the talent to make that possible. The goal, then, is to create multiple turnovers, something USC has not done with regularity this season. When the Trojans do that, though, they win. The problem is this: Prince hasn't thrown a pick in four of his last five starts.

First, first look: UCLA

August, 3, 2011
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As the weeks counted down until USC football fall camp, we offered up an early first look at the 12 scheduled opponents for the 2011 season, in chronological order. We began back in May with Minnesota, Utah, Syracuse and Arizona State, continued the next three weeks with Arizona, Cal and Notre Dame and added Stanford, Colorado, Washington and Oregon recently. We now present UCLA, who the Trojans will play at home in their season finale on Nov. 26:

That's it for this week. Our final first look, at UCLA, comes next Wednesday, the day before 2011 fall camp kicks off for the Trojans.

History: There's a common belief that USC has faced UCLA more than any other school in the conference or country, but that's actually not true -- the Trojans have faced Cal, Stanford and Washington more than they've matched up against the Bruins.

What is true, though, is that the Bruins have had more success against the Trojans than any other Pac-12 school, historically. In 80 all-time matchups, UCLA has a .350 winning percentage, good enough for best in the conference against USC.

Of late, the Bruins have struggled. They've won just one of the last dozen games between the schools, a stretch in which they've been outscored 384-176. Last year's game at the Rose Bowl, a 28-14 final, wasn't all that lopsided, but, until UCLA scored with less than a minute to go in the game, it was going to be the fourth straight time the Bruins failed to put up more than one score against the Trojans.

USC hasn't lost at the Coliseum to UCLA since 1997.

Offense: The top player for the Bruins on this side of the ball is running back Johnathan Franklin, a local kid from L.A. Dorsey who ran for over 1100 yards in 2010. He was UCLA's representative at Pac-12 media day last week and is likely going to be the most recognizable Bruin throughout the season.

Surrounding him are receivers Nelson Rosario, Randall Carroll, Taylor Embree and Ricky Marvray, fullback Anthony Barr and tight end Cory Harkey and Joseph Fauria -- plus a potential-filled offensive line that includes senior center Kai Maiava and sixth-year senior Sean Sheller, who could play either guard or tackle. Junior Jeff Baca is expected to miss the early part of the season while recovering from a broken ankle he suffered in spring ball.

Quarterback is still a question mark, with Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut set to compete against each other in fall camp for the spot. Both players are capable starters, but Prince is known to be the more dedicated player -- which means he's probably the favorite to win the job. Brehaut played organized baseball this summer. It's also worth noting that Prince is what's commonly known as injury-prone. By the time Thanksgiving weekend comes around, there's a significant chance he could be out, with Brehaut or even freshman Brett Hundley replacing him.

Former San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will be in his first season working with the Bruin offense.

Defense: Safety Tony Dye is talented and has been productive in the past, as has Sean Westgate, a former special-teams standout who made the successful transition to outside linebacker last season. Defensive end Datone Jones is the top lineman, with sophomore Cassius Marsh a nice prospect at tackle.

Junior cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price each had some success starting in 2010. Middle linebacker Patrick Larimore was impressive in the first half of last season before he got hurt, but he's expected to make a full recovery this year and return to lining up the defensive unit. The other projected starting linebacker, Glenn Love, is a converted safety. It'll be interesting to see how sophomore Dietrich Riley performs at safety across from Dye. He made a Signing Day decision to pick UCLA over USC and has been vocal in supporting his decision since.

Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey spent last season in the United Football League after a combined three years at Cincinnati and South Florida. He's known for an aggressive, turnover-inducing style.

Special teams/special circumstances: 19-year-old Kip Smith, a Colorado native who was rated the No. 1 kicker in the 2010 class by some recruiting services, takes over for the departed Kai Forbath, who recently signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

Redshirt junior Jeff Locke missed spring practice while recovering from hip surgery but is again expected to challenge for the Ray Guy award in 2011, as he has in each of the past two seasons. At returner, Embree was sixth in the conference in punt-return average and Colorado transfer Josh Smith was eighth in kick-return average.

Both players are expected to resume their roles.

That concludes our 12-part series. USC fall camp coverage begins tomorrow.

Postgame thoughts: UCLA

December, 5, 2010
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PASADENA -- Notes, quotes and video from USC's 28-14 win over UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl:
  • This one was interesting -- one of the Trojans' better defensive performances of the year sandwiched between a great running game and a mediocre passing game. Senior Allen Bradford ran the ball 28 times for 212 yards and added a 47-yard touchdown reception too. Remarkably, he averaged almost nine yards for each of his touches Saturday -- this, after earning a total of 20 touches in the six previous games. We'll have more from Bradford later in this post, but teammates had plenty of positives to say about him on his final night as a Trojan. Said fullback and fellow senior Stanley Havili: "He's faced adversity here. How you respond shows the character and the man that you are. Obviously Allen has been through his ups and downs. This is a way for him to go out on an awesome job." And quarterback Matt Barkley: "He was definitely a playmaker tonight." And running back Dillon Baxter: "I'm real excited for A.B. He had a rough year and for him to end it like this, I'm proud of him." Cornerback Nickell Robey simply called him a "beast."
  • As for Barkley, although he wouldn't admit much after the game, he was obviously affected by his sprained left ankle. Considering that, his 15-of-26, two-interception, one-touchdown line looks a lot better than it would had he been healthy. Said Ronald Johnson, Barkley's leading receiver on the night with five catches for 36 yards: "He had a messed-up ankle, but it was great to have him back." Barkley analyzed his performance with an eye toward the future: "I've still got a lot to work on this offseason, I think, especially with timing with the receivers -- which has gotta be one of my big projects this offseason."
  • The fourth-quarter scoring pass from Barkley to Bradford was definitely USC's play of the day -- with Bradford's 73-yard run the only other one coming close. On the swing pass that ended in the touchdown, Barkley said he checked down pre-snap into a new play and found Bradford at a perfect time in his route. Talking about the play postgame, Barkley went as far as comparing it to the glory years for the Trojans: "Plays like that are what USC football used to be and what it needs to be -- playmakers like that making guys miss, making guys fall to the ground."
  • Lane Kiffin made an interesting observation near the end of his postgame press conference when he said that the style in which USC won the game -- old-fashioned, run-run-run -- is more attractive to recruits than other styles, giving USC a leg up on competition for L.A.-area prospects. Robey, a freshman, agreed and said that -- physicality -- was one of his most desired attributes when he was deciding on a school a year ago at this time: "That right there set the tone for the recruits. It set the tone for everybody around the team. It creates more fans. It's a great thing in all phases."
  • Malcolm Smith extended his reputation as a "Bruin killer" -- per linebacker Michael Morgan and cornerback Shareece Wright -- with his 68-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown near the end of the first half. Last year, he scored USC's first touchdown against UCLA with a 62-yard interception return in the Coliseum. This time, he was a little bit emotional on the Rose Bowl field afterward."This is it, right here," Smith said. "Seeing the fans out here after the game -- this is it." And Morgan, quickly looking forward: "We have a great staff and a bunch of great young players. It's gonna be fun, man. I'm excited to watch these guys next year and in the years to come. It's gonna be a fun ride for these guys."
  • Baxter's five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rhett Ellison was Baxter's second college completion and his first scoring pass. It was also only the second touchdown the true freshman has been involved in on the year -- an undoubtedly disappointing one for the 19-year-old, who ended up with 252 yards on the ground after Kiffin called him maybe the most talented player on the team in the preseason. His 4.3 yards per carry were the worst of the team's big four backs and significantly worse than Havili's. Baxter was quite happy about the touchdown after the game: "That was cool, bringing back high school memories," Baxter said. "It was cool to end the year like that, beating the Bruins and throwing a nice touchdown pass."
  • Final notes: Walk-on Tony Burnett started over a healthy Jawanza Starling at safety and had six tackles, although he missed a chance to tackle Johnathan Franklin on the UCLA back's 59-yard run. Across from Burnett, Marshall Jones started and had 10 tackles, including one for loss. He was on the field at the end of the game when his brother, Malcolm Jones, but didn't tackle him. Both of the other set of the brothers on the two rosters, T.J. and Tevin McDonald, did not play. ... Baxter's touchdown pass was USC's first TD pass by a non-quarterback since Reggie Bush completed one to Dwayne Jarrett against Arizona State in 2004.

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USC-UCLA grades

December, 4, 2010
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CPASSING ATTACK

Not a great game for Matt Barkley, who looked healthy enough to return to action but was clearly missing something on the Rose Bowl field Saturday night. He threw two picks, only one touchdown and completed less than 60 percent of his passes.

ARUSHING ATTACK

Allen Bradford got one final chance to shine in a USC uniform and did just that, averaging seven yards a carry and really running the ball down UCLA's throats in the second half. Where was this earlier? Bradford had more carries tonight than the previous six games.

BIN THE TRENCHES

The defensive line put together a great pass-rushing night, with a couple sacks by Armond Armstead and consistent pressure on Richard Brehaut, but Johnathan Franklin often appeared to run right through the front four. The offensive line had a respectable game.

ADEFENSE

Most of the credit for this grade goes to Nickell Robey and Malcolm Smith, who combined to produce all three of UCLA's turnovers. UCLA's final touchdown was scored after the result of the game had essentially been determined.

CSPECIAL TEAMS

Not this unit's finest performance, with a horrific fourth-down fake punt attempt in the first half and nothing doing in the return game. But Jacob Harfman had one of his better days punting the ball, and USC was in fine field position more times than not.

BCOACHING

Lane Kiffin clearly had his players motivated. After Bradford's touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were jumping around on the sideline and making quite a bit of noise. Play-calling was again questionable at times -- but when hasn't it been?

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