NCAAF Game Recap - USC at California
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

USC 41, California 17

Nov 16, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

USC (7-4)

10

7

17

7

41

California (5-5)

7

3

0

7

17

Slovis’ 4 TD passes lead USC past California 41-17
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:09 AM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The matchup between Southern California���s dynamic passing game and California’s stingy pass defense was a mismatch and so was the game between the Trojans and Golden Bears.

Kedon Slovis had his third 400-yard passing game in the past four weeks and threw four touchdown passes, leading Southern California to a 41-17 victory over California on Saturday night.

“He’s showed up and been the same guy week in and week out,” said receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who had 11 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. “He's getting better and he's showing us that he's an elite college quarterback.”

Slovis followed up 400-yard games against Colorado and Arizona State by completing 29 of 35 passes for 406 yards. He threw touchdown passes on the final drive of the first half for the Trojans (7-4, 6-2 Pac-12) and the opening drive of the third quarter to keep USC in the race for the Pac-12 South title. The Trojans are a half-game behind Utah but holds the tiebreaker based on a head-to-head win.

The Golden Bears (5-5, 2-5) had no answer for Slovis and USC's talented group of receivers and lost for the fifth time in six games. After entering the day allowing a conference-low nine touchdown passes on the season, Cal was picked apart by Slovis.

“We have to own this, all of us,” coach Justin Wilcox said. “We knew we’d have to perform well against a team with that type of talent. Now we have to regroup and regroup fast.”

Slovis connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown to cap USC's opening drive and then helped the Trojans break open a tie game with his TDs surrounding halftime.

He also connected on a 33-yard touchdown to Pittman on a third-and-12 in the final minute of the first half to make it 17-10. He then threw a 50-yard pass to St. Brown on the opening drive of the third quarter, setting up an 8-yard TD pass to London to make it a 14-point game. London finished with six catches for 111 yards.

“The one thing he's doing a really job of is he’s giving his kids a chance to make plays,” coach Clay Helton said. “You’re not seeing a lot of overthrows. That’s a mark of a good quarterback, giving your kids an opportunity to make plays for you.”

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: The Trojans have bounced back from a blowout loss at home to Oregon by beating Arizona State and Cal on the road the past two weeks. But they will still need Utah to lose to either Arizona or Colorado to have a shot at making the Pac-12 title game.

California: The Bears were hoping to get a boost from the return of quarterback Chase Garbers, who missed the past four games with a right shoulder injury. Garbers led a TD drive to start the game but then left the game in the second quarter after appearing to hurt his left shoulder on a keeper. Garbers finished 4 for 10 for 33 yards and Cal was unable to move the ball consistently under Devon Modster either. The Bears need to win one of their final two games against Stanford and UCLA to become bowl eligible.

SCARY MOMENT

Cal linebacker Evan Tattersall was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital after being hit in the head on kickoff coverage. Tattersall was running down on coverage when USC linebacker Juliano Falaniko appeared to lower his helmet and hit Tattersall. Falaniko immediately signaled for trainers to come on the field before the play was even over as Tattersall was down on the field.

Tattersall remained down for several minutes as players and coaches from both teams kneeled out of concern. He was strapped to a board and gave a thumbs up before being taken off on a cart. Cal said Tattersall was alert and has movement in his extremities. He was taken to the hospital out of precaution but was expected to be discharged.

“It’s been positive news,” Wilcox said. “Very scary. Anytime something like that happens there’s a lot of concern for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him but we have got some positive news here in the last 10-15 minutes.”

TARGETING

USC lost defensive end Christian Rector on the opening drive for targeting on a hit against Cal running back Christopher Brown Jr. Brown didn’t return to the game but the Bears scored on DeShawn Collins' 5-yard run on the next play.

UP NEXT

USC: Host UCLA on Saturday.

California: Visit Stanford on Saturday.

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Passing

USC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Slovis 35 29 82.9 4 406 50 0 153.1
Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Modster 22 11 50.0 0 95 14 2 23.9
C. Garbers 10 4 40.0 0 33 14 0 49.2

Rushing

USC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Christon 9 44 4.9 23 0
S. Carr 9 19 2.1 12 1
Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Collins 15 103 6.9 34 2
C. Brown Jr. 2 29 14.5 18 0

Receiving

USC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Pittman Jr. 11 180 16.4 45 1
D. London 6 111 18.5 45 1
Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Duncan 5 53 10.6 14 0
J. Tonges 2 23 11.5 14 0

Fumbles

Returning

USC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. St. Brown 0 - 0 0 2 10.0 0 13
M. Pittman Jr. 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Dancy 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
D. Collins 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

USC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Griffiths 3 151 50.3 54
Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Coutts 6 217 36.2 40

Takeaways

USC Int Yds InTD
I. Pola-Mao 1 24 0
G. Johnson 1 32 0

Team Stats Comparison

USC Cal
Points For 41 17
Total Yards 462 263
Rushing Yards 56 135
Passing Yards 406 128
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/35 15/32
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/0
First Downs 18 21
Penalties - Yards 8/75 3/11
Time Of Possession 52:52 8:08
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/13 3/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 3/50 6/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter USC Cal
Cal 2:55 TD DeShawn Collins 5 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 0 7
USC 6:49 TD Amon-Ra St. Brown 18 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 7 7
USC 14:53 FG Chase McGrath 41 yd FG 10 7
2nd Quarter USC Cal
Cal 5:38 FG Greg Thomas 37 yd FG 10 10
USC 14:17 TD Michael Pittman Jr. 33 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 17 10
3rd Quarter USC Cal
USC 2:49 TD Drake London 8 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 24 10
USC 7:40 FG Chase McGrath 32 yd FG 27 10
USC 12:31 TD Stephen Carr 2 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 34 10
4th Quarter USC Cal
USC 4:48 TD Josh Falo 5 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 41 10
Cal 6:36 TD DeShawn Collins 34 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 41 17

Game Information

Stadium: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 46,397
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