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Breaking down USC’s 38-20 defeat by UCLA

Watch Bill Plaschke, Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry break down what UCLA’s 38-20 victory over USC means for the Trojans.

UCLA defeated USC for the third consecutive season, 38-20, on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

The Trojans fell to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12 Conference.

UCLA is 9-2, 6-2. 

USC quarterback Cody Kessler was sacked six times by a relentless Bruins’ defense that held the Trojans to 276 total yards.


Kessler completed 22 of 34 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown, with an interception.

Tailbacks Javorius Allen and Justin Davis combined to rush for 97 yards in 23 carries. 

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 31 passes for three touchdowns, with an interception. 

Times columnist Bill Plaschke and beat reporter Gary Klein join me to break down USC’s loss.


Here’s the rundown: 

  • Pregame predictions stand for Plaschke and Thiry
  • Who owns L.A.?
  • Cody Kessler vs. Brett Hundley
  • USC’s coaching staff future
  • Notre Dame is next

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