GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 48, UCLA 45

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - Caleb Williams passed for a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards and seventh-ranked Southern California clinched a spot on the Pac-12 Championship game with a 48-45 victory over No. 16 UCLA.

Williams also rushed for 32 yards and finished with 503 yards of total offense. The Trojans (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12) had a season-high 648 yards of total offense and took advantage of four Bruins turnovers.

Williams completed 32 of 43 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. His favorite target was Jordan Addison, who had 11 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown.

USC fell behind 14-0 before rallying. The Trojans scored on eight of nine drives, including five straight.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson accounted for all six UCLA touchdowns, but also had three interceptions and a fumble.

UCLA got the ball with 2:21 remaining after forcing USC to punt. The Bruins (8-3, 5-3) got to midfield but their hopes of a comeback evaporated when Thompson-Robinson was picked off by Korey Foreman at midfield with 1:26 remaining.

Thompson-Robinson was 23 of 38 for 309 yards and passed for four touchdowns. He also rushed for 75 yards and two scores.

TURNING POINT

After Jones' 8-yard run brought the Trojans within 21-17, UCLA got the ball and was looking to get one last score before halftime - along with getting the ball at the start of the second half.

Things didn't go according to plan.

Thompson-Robinson was picked off by Mekhi Blackmon, who returned it to the UCLA 35. USC's Denis Lynch missed his second field goal.

The Bruins got the ball back but Shane Lee intercepted Thompson-Robinson at the UCLA 47 with 14 seconds remaining. USC was able to convert this time as Lynch connected from 49 yards to get the Trojans within 21-20 at halftime.

Nicholas Barr-Mira's 46-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half extended the Bruins' lead to four before Williams connected with Addison for a 35-yard TD to put the Trojans on top 27-24.

USC's defense came up with its third turnover midway through the third quarter when Tyrone Taleni sacked Thompson-Robinson and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Latrell McCutchin at the UCLA 9. Two plays later, Jones scored up the middle from 2 yards to extend the Trojans' lead to double digits.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: There were some concerns after Travis Dye's season-ending injury last week that the Trojans would struggle in the running game, but Jones averaged 5.7 yards per carry and had two touchdowns.

UCLA: The Bruins' defense has had issues the past two weeks, especially with stopping an opponent's passing game. They allowed four completions of at least 35 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Trojans could make a bid for the top five after this win, while the Bruins will try to hang on being ranked.

November 20, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USCUCLA
UCLA TD 2:29 Dorian Thompson-Robinson 1 yd run (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 0 7
UCLA TD 1:47 Michael Ezeike 30 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 0 14
Second Quarter USCUCLA
USC TD 11:52 Caleb Williams 6 yd run (Denis Lynch kick) 7 14
USC FG 5:45 Denis Lynch 44 yd FG 10 14
UCLA TD 3:48 Dorian Thompson-Robinson 1 yd run (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 10 21
USC TD 1:42 Austin Jones 8 yd run (Denis Lynch kick) 17 21
USC FG 0:00 Denis Lynch 49 yd FG 20 21
Third Quarter USCUCLA
UCLA FG 10:32 Nicholas Barr-Mira 46 yd FG 20 24
USC TD 8:50 Jordan Addison 35 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 27 24
USC TD 6:36 Austin Jones 2 yd run (Denis Lynch kick) 34 24
UCLA TD 3:46 Michael Ezeike 6 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 34 31
Fourth Quarter USCUCLA
USC TD 14:51 Kyle Ford 16 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 41 31
UCLA TD 14:35 Kazmeir Allen 55 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 41 38
USC TD 9:10 Darwin Barlow 6 yd run (Denis Lynch kick) 48 38
UCLA TD 6:38 Michael Ezeike 3 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 48 45
Team Stats
  USC UCLA
First downs 30 27
  Rushing 11 13
  Passing 18 12
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-10, 40% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 38-179 37-204
Passing Yards 470 309
Return Yards 82 108
Completions-Attempts-Int 32-43-1 23-38-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--15 1--12
Punts 1 2
Punts-Average 34 46
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 5-44 6-35
Time of Possession 35:20 24:40
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 32 43 470 2 1
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Thompson-Robinson 23 38 309 4 3
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Jones 21 120 5.7 2
C. Williams 8 33 4.1 1
D. Barlow 3 25 8.3 1
R. Brown 3 11 3.7 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Charbonnet 19 95 5.0 0
D. Thompson-Robinson 14 81 5.8 2
K. Jones 4 28 7.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Addison 11 178 16.2 1
K. Ford 3 73 24.3 1
A. Jones 4 57 14.3 0
M. Jackson III 3 42 14.0 0
T. Washington 3 39 13.0 0
B. Rice 3 34 11.3 0
R. Brown 3 27 9.0 0
M. Williams 1 15 15.0 0
T. Bynum 1 5 5.0 0
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bobo 4 76 19.0 0
K. Allen 5 72 14.4 1
M. Ezeike 4 44 11.0 3
K. Brown 3 42 14.0 0
L. Loya 1 38 38.0 0
Z. Charbonnet 4 29 7.3 0
K. Jones 2 8 4.0 0
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Blackmon 1 14
K. Foreman 1 1
S. Lee 1 1
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Medrano 1 24
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 1 34 34.0
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Barr-Mira 2 92 46.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jackson III 1 17 17.0
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Brown 3 49 16.3
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Allen 3 59 19.7
T. Mokiao-Atimalala 1 14 14.0
H. Habermehl 1 11 11.0
USC Missed FG
Player Length
D. Lynch 32
D. Lynch 33
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length




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