There are three regular-season games left for USC and UCLA including when the two rivals meet on Saturday, November 17 at the Rose Bowl.
This past Saturday both were on the road in Pacific 12 Conference matches, but only the Trojans emerged with a victory.
USC dominated Oregon State 38-21, while the Bruins were handed a 42-21 setback by Oregon.
Aca’Cedric Ware ran for three touchdowns and gained a game-best 205 yards on 17 carries.
Ware, a senior running back, had a 57-yard dash early in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Ware’s two-yard blast with 10:42 left in the third period pushed USC (5-4 and 4-3 in conference) ahead 28-14 and Ware’s 62-yarder with 11:53 on the clock in the fourth gave the Men of Troy a 35-21 cushion over the Beavers (332 total net yards).
Freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels (14 of 26 for 177 yards) had a 41-yard bomb to freshman receiver Devon Williams (77 yards on three receptions) with 7:13 showing before the half as USC (509 total yards) led 21-0 over the Beavers (2-7 and 1-5 in conference).
Sophomore running back Stephen Carr (49 yards on six rushes) contributed an eight-yard waltz with 5:38 showing in the opening frame that made it 7-0.
One-time Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly holds the same position at UCLA and made his return to the great Northwest.
The Bruins (2-7 and 2-4 in conference) fell behind 21-0 before freshman signal-caller Dorian Thompson-Robinson (nine of 23 for 135 yards and one interception) drilled junior tight end Caleb Wilson (75 yards on two catches) with a 63-yard bullet and 6:49 left in the second that sliced Oregon’s lead to 21-7.
When junior running back Joshua Kelley (161 yards on 26 rushes) burst up the middle for 25 yards and 2:21 left in the third frame the Bruins (496 total yards) came within 28-14.
Senior transfer Wilton Speight, who subbed for Thompson-Robinson, had an 11-yard toss to junior receiver Theo Howard (69 yards on five receptions) that made it 35-21 with 8:12 left in the contest.
Junior field general Justin Herbert (18 of 32 for 264 yards) delivered a four-yard offer to junior receiver Dillon Mitchell (156 yards on eight catches) early in the second as Oregon (6-3 and 3-3 in conference) led 21-0.
Herbert later hit Mitchell with a 67-yard aerial and 10:20 left as the Ducks (492 total yards) pulled ahead 35-14.
C.J. Verdell (90 yards on 25 carries), a freshman running back, added a one-yard tally with 4:23 left in the first to make it 14-0.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.