LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- It's rivalry weekend in college football, and in Los Angeles that means a showdown between cardinal red and true blue as USC and UCLA face off at the Coliseum in Exposition Park.
Both schools urged fans to be respectful, and tailgate rules were strictly enforced. LAPD added extra patrols around the sports arena, aided by campus and Exposition Park security and FBI special events officers and representatives from Homeland Security.
Nearly 100,000 fans packed the area the Coliseum, including just north on USC's Exposition Park campus. Many weren't concerned about violence, instead spending their day gearing-up for the big face-off.
"Everyone is in a nice mood," Bruins fan Jeff Cowan said. "Anyone who is going to get in trouble is going to get in trouble."
"It's under control, and yes, there's plenty of people out there," LAPD officer Tony Ellis told KTLA.
Several fights were reported and officers quickly responded as fans got rowdy for the big game.
"There may have been a couple of small incidents," one officer said. "Everyone's being extremely compliant with us."
KTLA's news team caught one fight outside the Coliseum as the game started, but officers quickly responded and no arrests were made.
Last year, about 40 fans -- Bruins and Trojans -- brawled in the parking lot at the Rose Bowl before the game.
One person was stabbed in the cheek and another in the back. Two police officers were among those injured.
Officials from both schools want to avoid any similar incidents when the teams meet this year.
"We got an email about that... telling all the students to be, you know, nice to each other," USC sophomore Thea Weiss told KTLA.
USC officials say security will be up 25 percent Saturday. State and local police, and even FBI and Homeland Security officials, will be on hand to keep fans in check.
The Coliseum's standard tailgating policies, like no amplified sound and one car per parking space, will continue to be enforced.
"I just hope everyone's pumped for the game... Of course, nothing violent," USC sophomore Courtney Rava said. "Just some healthy rivalry."
Fans Pack Coliseum for USC-UCLA Showdown
Two people were stabbed in a fight at last year's game.
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A fight broke out at the UCLA-USC game last year. (KTLA-TV)
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