Bruins Slip to Trojans, Look Forward to Pac-12 Title Game
Nov. 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA fell to No. 10 Southern California 50-0 on Saturday night.
USC's Matt Barkley passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns in and Robert Woods set the conference's single-season receptions record while catching 12 passes for 113 yards and two TDs.
Marqise Lee had 13 catches for 224 yards and two TDs during a showcase of offensive brilliance by the Trojans (10-2, 7-2), who are banned from postseason play under heavy NCAA sanctions. USC jumped to a 29-point halftime lead before posting its largest victory in the city championship game since 1930, the rivalry's second year.
USC won seven of its final eight games. The Bruins (6-6, 5-4), will represent the division at Oregon next week.
Kevin Prince passed for 261 yards for UCLA, which had won three of four heading into the city championship game. The Bruins unveiled an all-white look in a game usually played in both clubs' colored home uniforms.
Woods broke Keyshawn Johnson's 1995 record with his 103rd catch during the first half, while Lee joined Woods as a 1,000-yard receiver. Rhett Ellison and Randall Telfer also caught TD passes from Barkley, who had 29 scoring passes and just four interceptions in his last eight games.
Curtis McNeal added a 73-yard TD run as USC beat UCLA for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.
The Bruins failed to score on three drives inside the USC 25 in the first half, with Prince throwing an end-zone interception to T.J. McDonald. USC's defense preserved its first shutout since Nov. 1, 2008, by stopping the Bruins on fourth down at the 7 with 2:48 to play.
USC hadn't shut out UCLA since 2001, the only other time since 1947.
Barkley drove the Trojans 92 yards early in the second quarter, throwing a 1-yard TD pass to Telfer - and the Trojans converted on a 2-point conversion pass to Xavier Grimble out of special teams coordinator John Baxter's unorthodox formation.
UCLA stopped the Trojans at the 3 on their next drive in the second quarter, but the Trojans faked a field goal and simply snapped it to Barkley, who hung in the pocket until finding Ellison with another TD pass. The Bruins reached the USC 24 late in the half, but ran out of time.
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