UCLA (9-2, 6-2) dominated the USC Trojans (7-4, 6-3) in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. The loss knocked USC out of the Pac-12 South race; while the Bruins pretty much locked up the division.
USC lineback Anthony Sarao intercepted UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley’s first pass, and returned it 17-yards for the touchdown. After that interception, it was all UCLA for the rest of the game. As UCLA would score four touchdowns, the Trojans scored one more, to close out the first half.
The Bruins kept building up their lead, with a 14-0 third quarter that gave UCLA its 38-points. USC managed a touchdown (but failed to get the two-point conversation).
With the win, UCLA has a comfortable lead in the Pac-12 South division. After all, the Bruins have the tiebreakers with Arizona, and Arizona State (the two teams that still have a chance at winning the title). If UCLA beats Stanford, the Bruins win the division; if UCLA loses, than the winner of the Territorial Cup is the winner of the South.
1) Oregon Ducks: Oregon took care of business against the Buffaloes of Colorado, as the Ducks took control of the game early. Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota accounted for four of Oregon’s six touchdowns. It was probably Mariota’s last home game at Autzen Stadium.
2) UCLA Bruins: UCLA picked up a big win over cross-town rival USC on Saturday. The win gave the Bruins a comfortable lead in the Pac-12 South.
3) Arizona Wildcats: Arizona thrashed Utah on Saturday, as the Wildcats kept their hopes of a South division title alive with the victory. The Wildcats used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Utes.
4) Arizona State Sun Devils: Arizona State’s offense never really got going against the Cougars, but the Sun Devils defense was on fire throughout the game. The defense forced five turnovers by redshirt freshmen quarterback Luke Falk and that was the difference in the game.
5) Utah Utes: The Utes didn’t play well, at home, against Arizona, and are now looking at an eight win season if they beat Colorado.
6) Stanford Cardinal: Stanford won big in its rivalry game against Cal, and clinched bowl eligibility. Quarterback Kevin Hogan looked like a competent QB again.
7) Washington Huskies: Washington clinched bowl eligibility with its 24-point win over Oregon State on senior night at Husky Stadium. The Huskies used big plays to put the pesky Beavers away, and earn a trip to their firth straight bowl game.
8) USC Trojans: USC struggled mightily after the opening pick-six. The Trojans needs to beat Notre Dame if they want to avoid a 7-5 record, and a continuation of the “Seven win Steve” moniker.
9) California Golden Bears: Cal was unable to keep up with the Cardinal’s offensive fire power — trolololol — and lost the Big Game at home.
10) Washington State Cougars: Washington State took an early 21-7 lead. But the offense was unable to overcome the turnovers, as the Sun Devils turned WSU’s mistakes into points.
11) Oregon State Beavers: Oregon State is going to need to beat No. 2 Oregon to earn bowl eligibility after its blowout loss to Washington on Saturday.
12) Colorado Buffaloes: Colorado was never in the game against Oregon, as the Ducks raced off to an early (and insurmountable) lead.
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