BERKELEY (AP) — With Sam Darnold and Southern California’s usually potent offense struggling to finish drives, the defense kept getting the ball in good positions for the Trojans.
Fifth-ranked USC forced four of its six turnovers in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown run by Stephen Carr and a TD pass by Darnold, and the Trojans won their 13th straight game by pulling away late for a 30-20 victory over California on Saturday.
Jack Jones intercepted two passes, Josh Fatu and Christian Rector each forced fumbles on sacks and Chris Hawkins and Ykili Ross added picks to give USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) its 14th straight win in the series against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1).
But this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter before USC took over on the defensive end after Chase McGrath’s third field goal put the Trojans up 16-13.
Stanford 58, UCLA 34
STANFORD (AP) — Bryce Love didn’t put up much of a fight to stay in and take a shot at Stanford’s school record for rushing.
The Pac-12’s top running back was even more hesitant to take credit for what he did to keep the Cardinal’s lengthy win streak against UCLA going.
Love rushed for a career-high 263 yards and a touchdown to pad his conference-leading total, third-string quarterback K.J. Costello came off the bench and threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Stanford beat UCLA 58-34 on Saturday.
Cameron Scarlett scored three touchdowns and Jet Toner kicked three field goals to help the Cardinal (1-1 Pac-12, 2-2) win their 10th straight over the Bruins after losing starting quarterback Keller Chryst to an injury in the first quarter.
Ryan Burns replaced Chryst for one series and made two other brief appearances but it was Costello