First look: UCLA at USC

USC quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half of a NCAA college football game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. USC Trojans won 36-14. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) at No. 11 USC (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5 p.m. PT | L.A. Coliseum
TV: ABC
Radio: AM 1150 or AM 570

Scouting report

USC sewed up its second Pac-12 South title in three years last weekend with its 38-24 win over Colorado. The Trojans built up a commanding 27-0 lead before giving up 14 straight points in the third quarter, which injected a fleeting moment of drama into the battle between the two previous Pac-12 South champions.

While winning three straight games since a demoralizing loss to Notre Dame, quarterback Sam Darnold has thrown for 906 yards and seven touchdowns, completing 63 percent of his passes. Running back Ronald Jones is also surging with 184 rushing yards per game in the past three games.

The Trojans leads the Pac-12 in sacks (36), but UCLA just neutralized Arizona State, which entered last week’s game as the second-leading sack team in the Pac-12. The Bruins didn’t give up a single sack last week for the first time in a game this season.

UCLA hasn’t won a conference game on the road in two years while the Trojans have a 15-game home winning streak. Continue reading “First look: UCLA at USC” »

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Darren Andrews selected as semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

UCLA Bruins wide receiver Darren Andrews catches a pass for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies in the fourth quarter during a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. UCLA Bruins won 45-44. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Receiver Darren Andrews was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday.

The senior suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 3 against Utah, but his 10 receiving touchdowns are fourth in the country. He had 60 receptions and 774 receiving yards on the year.

Andrews is one of two Pac-12 semifinalists for the award that honors the top receiver in the country. USC’s Deontay Burnett is also on the list.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 7 on the College Football Awards Show at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.

A full list of the semifinalists:

NAME
SCHOOL
Darren Andrews UCLA
A.J. Brown Ole Miss
Deontay Burnett USC
Keke Coutee Texas Tech
Michael Gallup Colorado State
Steve Ishmael Syracuse
Anthony Miller Memphis
Trey Quinn SMU
David Sills, V West Virginia
James Washington Oklahoma State
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About last night: A review of UCLA’s 44-37 win over Arizona State

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) runs for a touchdown against against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Josh Rosen came to the sideline and took off his helmet. Blood was smeared all over his face.

A face mask penalty during the fourth quarter against Arizona State on Saturday was one of the few major hits on Rosen as the junior returned from a one-game absence and led the Bruins to a 44-37 win over the Sun Devils. ASU, the No. 8 team in the country in sacks, didn’t record a sack against UCLA as Rosen completed 25 of 45 passes for 381 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Bruins (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) notched a critical victory, sustaining their bowl hopes with two regular-season games left. By improving to 5-0 at home this year, UCLA needs only one win out of next week’s rivalry game at USC and Nov. 24’s regular-season finale at the Rose Bowl against California to secure bowl eligibility.

Links to wrap up the game:

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UCLA-USC gets prime-time TV slot

UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Andre James (75) and USC Trojans defensive end Porter Gustin (45) in action in the third quarter of a game played on November 19, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UCLA’s rivalry game with USC was the No. 1 pick for next weekend’s games by the Pac-12’s TV partners, so the two L.A. teams will kick off at 5 p.m. PT on ABC on Nov. 18 at the L.A. Coliseum, the conference announced Saturday.

Game times are usually announced 12 days in advance, but the Pac-12 had pushed UCLA’s game time to six-day selection with three other conference games, meaning TV partners could line up kick off times based on the results of this weekend’s games. USC won the Pac-12 South by beating Colorado on Saturday while UCLA beat Arizona State at home.

California and Stanford’s rivalry game was the second pick, getting the 5 p.m. slot on FOX. Utah at Washington was the third selection at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN, while Arizona at Oregon was left on Pac-12 Networks at 4 p.m.

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