First in a series: As part of the lead-up to the 2015 USC-UCLA game, we look back at some intriguing anniversaries that have aligned this year:
Five years ago: 2010
USC 28, UCLA 14
The Trojans (8-5, 5-4 in the last year of the Pac-10) finished their first of what would be four seasons under NCAA sanctions with the win at the Rose Bowl. Sophomore Matt Barkley passed for 198 yards, Allen Bradford ran for 212 yards and caught a 47-yard touchdown and Malcolm Smith returned a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown. Lane Kiffin’s Trojans, in the first year after Pete Carroll left, outlasted the Bruins (4-8, 2-7) for the 11th time in 12 meetings, including four straight over Rick Neuheisel. Bruins sophomore Johnathan Franklin ran for 109 yards and a touchdown.
10 years ago: 2005
USC 66, UCLA 19
Picking up steam before heading to the 2006 BCS title game against Texas, Pete Carroll’s No. 1 Trojans (12-0, 8-0) crushed Karl Dorrell’s No. 11 Bruins (9-2, 6-2) for their 34th win in a row — and one eventually vacated because of NCAA penalties. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns and LenDale White had 154 yards and three TDS, breaking Charles White’s school record with 54 in his career. USC had 679 total yards, but saw an emotional senior Matt Leinart go incomplete on his first five passes but finished 21-for-40 for 233 yards with three touchdown passes.
USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson had three of five sacks against UCLA’s Drew Olsen. The Bruins, who trailed 52-6 going into the fourth quarter, had 84 yards and a touchdown rushing from junior All-American Maurice Jones-Drew.
15 years ago: 2000
USC 38, UCLA 35
This Victory Bell win at the Rose Bowl came courtesy of the most unlikely hero, David Bell, who nailed a 36-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar with nine seconds left after missing his three other attempts that season. USC (5-6, 2-6) got 350 passing yards and a career-high four TD passes from sophomore Carson Palmer. UCLA (6-5, 3-5) tied the game with 1:05 to play when quarterback Cory Paus, on a fourth-and-goal at the 1, scored on an option run. Several trick plays by UCLA coach Bob Toledo were featured in this one, including one in the first quarter when Paus acted as if he was changing a call at the line of scrimmage, but the ball was snapped to Freddie Mitchell, who completed a 45-yard TD pass to Brian Poli-Dixon for a 14-7 UCLA lead. Still, this this ended up as Trojan coach Paul Hackett’s final game; he was replaced at the season’s end by coach Pete Carroll.