Photos | USC holds on to defeat California

USC wide receiver Tahj Washington scampers into the end zone in front of California linebacker Jackson Sirmon.
USC wide receiver Tahj Washington scampers into the end zone in front of California linebacker Jackson Sirmon on an eight-yard touchdown catch in the second half of the Trojans’ 41-35 victory Saturday at the Coliseum.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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USCUSC improved to 8-1 on the season Saturday with a 41-35 victory over California at the Coliseum.

Cal surged in the second half against a struggling Trojans defense, but USC managed to hold on for an important win that keeps them in contention for the Pac-12 title.

Los Angeles Times veteran photographer Gina Ferazzi captured many of the game’s biggest moments from her sideline vantage point. Here’s a look at some of her top photos of the game:

USC defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu sacks California quarterback Jack Plummer during the first half.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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USC wide receiver Tahj Washington is tackled by California safety Craig Woodson.
USC wide receiver Tahj Washington is tackled by California safety Craig Woodson after making a 17-yard catch in the first half.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
California running back Jaydn Ott carries the ball ahead of USC’s Tuasivi Nomura (44), Shane Lee (53) and Bryson Shaw.
California running back Jaydn Ott carries the ball ahead of USC’s Tuasivi Nomura (44), Shane Lee (53) and Bryson Shaw during the first half.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
USC quarterback Caleb Williams carries the ball in the final moments of the game to secure a victory for the Trojans.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
USC defensive back Calen Bullock breaks up a pass intended for California wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter in the second half.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
USC wide receiver Michael Jackson III runs behind quarterback Caleb Williams on a reverse.
USC wide receiver Michael Jackson III runs behind quarterback Caleb Williams on a reverse against California in the fourth quarter.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)