USC-UCLA, the beginning
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Crosstown rivalry over the years

USC-UCLA, the beginning
Coach Howard Jones, shown in 1939 when the Trojans tied UCLA, 0-0, guided USC to national titles in 1928, ’31, ’32 and ’39. USC established its football program in 1888 while UCLA began playing in 1919. The two L.A. rivals first played against each other in the 1929 season opener and again in the 1930 season opener, with the Trojans taking 76-0 and 52-0 victories. The series resumed as an annual game in 1936, when UCLA broke through to forge a 7-7 tie. ()
USC-UCLA, 1941
UCLA captain Ted Forbes was stopped on the opening kickoff of the Dec. 6, 1941, game by USC’s Bill Bundy. The game would end in a tie, 7-7, the third in the series. In 1942, the Bruins would collect their first victory in the rivalry game, 14-7, and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Victory Bell became the annual traveling trophy as well that year.

For the record: An earlier version of this caption said the game was played on Dec. 7, 1941. (Wide World Photo)
USC-UCLA, 1943
USC halfback Mickey McCardle is brought down by UCLA’s Herb Wiener after a five-yard gain during the Sept. 25, 1943, game. The programs would schedule two games for the 1943, ’44 and ’45 seasons because of travel restrictions during World War II. USC would win nine of the 13 games played in the ‘40s, with the fourth tie of the series coming at the start of ’44. (Associated Press)
USC-UCLA, 1954
With the arrival of Coach Red Sanders, center, UCLA was the dominant team in the 1950s. The Bruins won seven of the 10 meetings, with another tie coming in ’58. They started the decade with a 39-0 win, their largest margin of victory in the series, and Sanders guided UCLA to the national title in ’54. USC’s biggest moment of the 1950s came in ’52 when the Trojans took a 14-12 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams. (UCLA Athletic Dept.)
USC-UCLA, 1967
UCLA’s Gary Beban, shown in 1967 against the Trojans, would guide the Bruins to two of their three victories in the 1960s. In ’65, Beban threw a last-minute touchdown pass to seal a 20-16 victory. Although UCLA won, 14-7, in ’66, the Trojans were voted into the Rose Bowl game. Beban would win the 1967 Heisman Trophy and remains the school’s only winner of the annual award recognizing the top college football player. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1967
In 1967, the L.A. rivals played what was billed as the Game of the Century. O.J. Simpson (32) led second-ranked and unbeaten USC to a 21-20 victory over top-ranked and unbeaten UCLA with 158 yards rushing and two touchdowns. A blocked extra point left UCLA clinging to a 20-14 lead when Simpson broke off a 64-yard touchdown run that not only won the game but has been called one of the most dynamic runs in college football history. Although UCLA quarterback Gary Beban would win the Heisman Trophy that season, Simpson would win it in 1968. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1970s
The 1970s ushered in an exciting era -- including 1976 when coaches John Robinson, left, and Terry Donahue faced each other for the first time -- as the rivals played five times over a seven-year span with a Rose Bowl trip on the line for both teams. USC won seven times in the ‘70s. In ’76, the Trojans knocked off second-ranked UCLA, 24-14. The following season, Frank Jordan kicked a 38-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Trojans a 29-27 victory. (UCLA)
USC-UCLA, 1980
The 1980s opened with another classic between the teams as UCLA’s Freeman McNeil (24) gathered in a pass that had been tipped by USC’s Jeff Fisher (right) and raced past Dennis Smith (49) for a 58-yard touchdown that sealed a 20-17 victory. Both teams were on probation and not eligible for bowl consideration. The Bruins would win five of the games in the ‘80s, with the final tie, 10-10, in the series coming in 1989. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1982
UCLA’s Blanchard Montgomery (27) helps stop a leaping Anthony Gibson of USC during the Bruins’ goal-line stand in 1982 that helped ensure a 20-19 victory. It was the first time the series had been played at the Rose Bowl, UCLA’s new home stadium. All previous games had been played at the Coliseum. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1983
USC’s Jerome Tyler makes the tackle on UCLA receiver, and future Bruins coach, Karl Dorrell in 1983, when Rick Neuheisel rallied the Bruins to a 27-17 victory with 21 points in the third quarter. Neuheisel replaced Dorrell as coach this season. The Bruins would win, 29-10, in 1984 for their second three-game winning streak in the series. The first came in the mid-1950s. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1988
There was plenty for USC’s Rodney Peete (center), Aaron Emanuel (24) and Erik Affholter (42) to celebrate in 1988. Peete recovered from a case of the measles to lead the Trojans to a 31-22 victory, earning USC a second consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl at the expense of UCLA. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1990
UCLA receiver Sean LaChapelle dances into the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the 1990 game, which USC would win, 45-42, when Todd Marinovich hit Johnny Morton with a 23-yard pass late in the game. The Bruins’ Tommy Maddox would throw for three touchdowns and a school-record 409 yards in the loss. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1990
USC quarterback Todd Marinovich, who threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, walks off the field after the 1990 game, which the Trojans won, 45-42. Neither team qualified for the Rose Bowl, though. (Stephen Wade / Allsport)
USC-UCLA, 1992
When it came to unlikely heroes in the rivalry, fourth-string quarterback John Barnes of UCLA comes to mind for his performance in the 1992 game. Barnes passed for 385 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-37 upset of USC. Again, neither team would play in the Rose Bowl. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1993
With the Rose Bowl on the line for both teams in 1993, UCLA’s Marvin Goodwin made the deciding play by intercepting a pass in the end zone to preserve a 27-21 victory over USC. It would be the third time in the rivalry that the Bruins had put together a three-game winning streak, which they would eventually run to eight games as they dominated the series in the 1990s. (Ken Levine / For The Times)
USC-UCLA, 1996
A series of close games continued in 1996, when UCLA’s Danny Farmer hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass against USC’s Daylon McCutcheon in a game the Bruins would rally from 17 points down in the fourth quarter and need two overtimes to win, 48-41. It was the first overtime game in the series. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 1999
USC’s Chad Morton made good on his guarantee that the Trojans would win the 1999 game. Morton rushed for 130 yards in a 17-7 defeat of UCLA that ended the Bruins’ winning streak in the series at eight, the longest in the rivalry. (Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 2005
Future Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart (11) and Reggie Bush (5) helped reigning national champion and unbeaten USC win its seventh consecutive game in the rivalry with a 66-19 victory in 2005. Texas would prevent USC from repeating as BCS champions by defeating the Trojans, 41-38, in the Rose Bowl. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
USC-UCLA, 2006
Linebacker Eric McNeal (2) provided the play of the game in 2006 by tipping a John David Booty pass near the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter and making the interception to preserve a 13-9 victory for UCLA. The loss would deny the Trojans a third consecutive trip to the BCS title game. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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