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UCLA beats USC by largest margin since 1970

Brett Hundley, Chris Young AP

Brett Hundley passed for 202 yards and rushed for 80 as No. 22 UCLA whipped No. 23 USC, 35-14, at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

UCLA improves to 9-3 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play while USC falls to 9-4 and 6-3.

It was the Bruins’ largest margin of victory over the Trojans since 1970.

And it may have put an end to whatever momentum that was behind USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron‘s bid to become the school’s permanent head man.

UCLA looked sharper than USC from the start and jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind Hundley’s arm and an array of well-time quarterback draws. The Trojans cut the lead to 14-7 at the half thanks to tailback Javorious Allen, scored USC’s first TD on his way to a game-high 123 yards on 20 carries.

But Hundley was just too good on this night. He drove the Bruins 85 yards in the third quarter and scored on a 12-yard run to push UCLA’s lead to 21-7. Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler responded with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Grimble, but Hundley’s five-yard run made it 28-14 at the end of the third quarter.

USC threatened to score on the ensuing drive, but Allen fumbled at the UCLA 20-yard line and the Trojans never crossed midfield again. UCLA tacked on a Paul Perkins 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to reach the final score.

UCLA has now beaten USC in back-to-back years for the first time since 1997-1998 and have back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since those years, too.  Jim Mora Jr., is the first UCLA coach to beat USC in his first two meetings since Bob Toledo back in the mid-1990s.

Can Orgeron survive this kind of loss, which also snaps USC’s five-game win streak? Trojan athletic director Pat Haden is going to have a very difficult decision to make. The bet here is that this game probably ended any chance Orgeron has of being named USC’s permanent head coach.

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13 Responses to “UCLA beats USC by largest margin since 1970”
  1. mogogo1 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:50 AM

    He had a nice run and will get a head job someplace else. But nobody fires a Lane Kiffin only to hire one of his assistants. Can’t happen.

    Maybe, just maybe if he’d just joined the staff at USC but he followed him in from Tennessee. Every disaster Kiffin oversaw was with him standing at his side nodding in approval.

  2. blacknole08 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:54 AM

    USC played 13 games this season?!

    Anyways, Ed Orgeron is a good coach but I think USC looks elswewhere.

  3. realfootballfan says: Dec 1, 2013 1:04 AM

    Ed Orgeron shouldn’t be heading any major college up but he’s a great recruiter. I’m sure one of these programs looking to jump start will give him a call to be the lead recruiter and defensive line coach, which is about his speed.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:23 AM

    Ed will get some calls for a head coaching gig. He will probably get a chance to stay on staff. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. Great turn around though Ed.

  5. v2the4 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:31 AM

    With the rumored #1 candidate Kevin Sumlin signing a 6 year extension with Texas A&M today, Im not sure who could be on the radar for Pat Haden at the current time.

    is he going to go after Chris Petersen at Boise St?

    what about a guy like Gary Pinkel at Missouri?

    or the coach at Miami Al Golden?

    will he reach into the pros for Jack Del Rio, or Darrel Bevel, the OC at Seattle.

    If he does hire Orgeron, and he doesnt work out in two or three years….look for this name to get back in college football

    Chip Kelly

  6. fearthehoody says: Dec 1, 2013 1:37 AM

    Only good trojan, is a used trojan!

  7. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 1, 2013 2:36 AM

    Ah USC, so irrelevant now.

    No doubt it’s karma for trying to capitalize on the Sandusky situation and stealing that kid from Penn State. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

  8. ningenito78 says: Dec 1, 2013 3:06 AM

    Chris Pederson would make some sense but Pinkel and Golden? What ties do they have out west? You can’t just look at a coach at any school that’s successful and think that translates to every school. If word got out Golden wanted out of Miami why wouldn’t Florida want to grab him? It’s going to come down to Del Rio and if Pederson is finally seeing the light and gets out of Boise. I would put the smart money on Del Rio.

  9. billmead1976 says: Dec 1, 2013 3:42 AM

    new coach is a done deal already.

    any of you marquis lee fans still think that guy should be first round material?

    i’m right again…..bow to me.

  10. htru02 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:38 AM

    I just want to add that Coach O was at USC in 1998, brought in by Hackett and kept on by Pete Carroll only left to take the Ol’ Miss gig so he’s not a “Kiffin Guy” as someone seems to believe.

    Another comment about stealing players from Penn St, did you realize when Paul Dee decided to stick it to the school over ONE player that USC players were allowed to transfer as well and a handful did.

    Such misinformed and probably drunk posters on tonight I guess.

  11. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    I would love to see USC steal Peterson away from Boise St.

  12. Anoesis says: Dec 1, 2013 11:40 AM

    Yes, 13 games, and not one against an FCS school.

    Typical response from someone who sounds like a 14-year-old.

    Right, because no one “capitalized” on the Reggie Bush situation. I can see impartiality isn’t one of your strong points.

    As far as the next head coach at USC-
    Petersen isn’t leaving Boise State. I’m not sold on Del Rio. Golden? WTF?

    James Franklin (Vanderbilt) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) are other known options, but there’s always the chance Pat Haden chooses someone not on the radar.

    Haden would be smart to pick a coach willing to keep Orgeron on staff for his recruiting ability alone. Based on how flat the Trojans looked against UCLA I’d guess his motivational tactics only go so far. The team looked like Kiffin was back on the sideline.

  13. doubleogator says: Dec 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ed Orgeron will get a head coaching job somewhere, but it won’t be USC…

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