A spirited Battle for the Victory Bell opened with Anthony Sarao stepping in front of a Brett Hundley pass and returning it 17 yards for a USC touchdown.
It’s been pretty much all Bruins from there, though, as Hundley tossed touchdown passes to Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington – the last of which came just before the half – to give No. 9 UCLA a 24-14 halftime lead over No. 19 USC at the Rose Bowl.
The Trojans got a two-yard touchdown toss from Cody Kessler to Justin Davis to tie the game at 14-14 early in the second quarter, but missed a golden opportunity when stuffed on a 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line on an earlier drive.
Hundley has been near perfect outside of the interception, completing 15-of-19 passes for 201 yards and those three touchdowns, and Paul Perkins has carried 11 times for 44 yards.
Kessler has completed 10-of-19 passes for 119 yards, but has been harassed by his Bruin counterparts much more than Hundley. Buck Allen has rushed eight times for 38 yards.
UCLA will receive the ball to open the second half.