NCAAF Game Recap - UCLA at USC
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

USC 52, UCLA 35

Nov 23, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

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2

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4

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UCLA (4-7)

7

7

14

7

35

USC (8-4)

10

14

14

14

52

Slovis throws for record 515 yards, USC holds off UCLA 52-35
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kedon Slovis didn’t grow up in the Los Angeles area, and Southern California’s rivalry with UCLA doesn’t yet loom as large for him it does for his fellow Trojans and Bruins playing against lifelong friends for yearlong bragging rights.

When USC’s freshman quarterback got his first taste of the famed crosstown showdown Saturday, he still took one enormous bite.

Slovis passed for a school-record 515 yards and threw four touchdown passes in USC’s 52-35 victory over UCLA in the schools’ 89th meeting.

Slovis and four 100-yard receivers carried the Trojans (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) to the Victory Bell with another landmark performance in the 18-year-old passer’s shockingly impressive debut season. During his fourth 400-yard performance in the last five games, Slovis surpassed Matt Barkley’s single-game USC records against UCLA and against any opponent in the fourth quarter while coordinator Graham Harrell’s offense racked up 643 yards.

“It’s obviously an honor to be up on that list, (but) it’s just a testament to the players around me,” said Slovis, who also surpassed the school’s single-season freshman yards passing record. “Any of you (reporters) in here could probably throw for 100 yards with these receivers.”

Michael Pittman Jr. caught two touchdown passes and Vavae Malepeai rushed for two scores as the Trojans wrapped up their regular season with their 16th win in the last 21 meetings with UCLA. Drake London and Tyler Vaughns also caught TD passes while USC survived a tumultuous second half at the Coliseum and eliminated the rival Bruins (4-7, 4-4) from bowl contention.

A year after UCLA’s Joshua Kelley broke the crosstown showdown’s rushing yardage record, Slovis broke its passing record while leading USC to its 10th win in the Bruins’ last 11 visits to the Coliseum. Slovis also had his third consecutive 400-yard passing game - another first in USC’s lengthy history.

Not bad for a freshman who only got a shot to play as a freshman because of J.T. Daniels’ season-ending knee injury.

“No, I didn’t see him becoming the new superstar quarterback of college football,” Pittman said with a grin.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 367 yards with TD throws to Demetric Felton, Devin Asiasi and Chase Cota for the Bruins, who will finish with four consecutive losing records for the first time since 1921-24, shortly after the school was established in 1919. Asiasi finished with a career-high 141 yards receiving.

“They had very good quarterback play and many receivers that can beat you,” Chip Kelly said. “It’s a seasoned offensive football team.”

After Kelly won his first game in the rivalry last year, USC beat the Bruins for the fourth time in five years under embattled head coach Clay Helton. After starting 3-3 this year, USC finished the regular season with five wins in six games.

“It means a whole lot, especially based off of last year and what happened, and wanting to change the narrative and fix that.,” USC defensive end Christian Rector said. “I think we did that as a team.”

With both teams wearing their home jerseys in accordance with rivalry tradition, USC scored 28 consecutive points after falling behind 10-7 early. The Bruins hung around with TD catches by Asiasi and Cota, but Slovis hit Vaughns with a 49-yard TD pass on the opening snap of the fourth quarter. On USC’s final scoring drive capped by Stephen Carr’s TD run, Slovis blew past Barkley’s USC-record 493 yards passing against Arizona in 2012.

“It is frustrating, but we made a lot of mistakes,” UCLA receiver Kyle Philips said. “We didn’t take advantage of their mistakes. We put up a decent amount of points, but left a lot on the table.”

HELTON’S FUTURE

Unless Pac-12 South leader Utah stumbles late in the season, the Trojans have likely earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on New Year’s Eve. Whether they’ll make it with Helton remains to be seen.

Fan calls for Helton’s ouster have remained strong this year, but new university president Carol Folt and athletic director Mike Bohn haven’t announced a plan. A decision is expected, but not guaranteed, before USC begins its bowl preparations.

“USC is an extremely special place, and always will be,” Helton said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m the coach or you’re the coach.

CATCHES IN BUNCHES

A school-record four Trojans topped 100 yards receiving, and two Bruins also hit the mark. No game between Power Five teams had featured six 100-yard receivers since 2012, when Baylor and West Virginia did it.

“This is Wide Receiver U here,” Vaughns said. “At any point in time, we have great receivers coming in and out of here, so I mean just knowing that, we are Wide Receiver U.”

THE TAKEAWAY

UCLA: The Bruins will miss out on a bowl game in three of four years for the first time since 1989-92, and Kelly’s rebuilding project still has little traction after two seasons, even after a strong second half by the offense in this rivalry game. UCLA has given up 101 points in its last two games, guaranteeing another long winter without a bowl in Westwood. Next season looms large for Kelly and his credibility as a coach.

USC: Helton’s future will dominate discussion until it is resolved, but his Trojans showed impressive resilience after a brutal first half of the schedule. Going 8-4 would be enough to keep most jobs, but USC’s weak recruiting traction and widespread fan dissatisfaction won’t be resolved by this victory.

UP NEXT

UCLA: Host California on Saturday, Nov. 30.

USC: Regular season over. Most likely headed to the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 31.

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Passing

UCLA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Thompson-Robinson 44 26 59.1 3 367 53 1 99.3
A. Burton 5 4 80.0 0 16 7 0 80.0
USC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Slovis 47 37 78.7 4 515 49 0 140.7

Rushing

UCLA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Thompson-Robinson 16 64 4.0 26 1
J. Kelley 15 45 3.0 11 1
USC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Carr 11 87 7.9 46 1
V. Malepeai 10 60 6.0 11 2

Receiving

UCLA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Asiasi 5 141 28.2 53 1
K. Philips 12 123 10.3 38 0
USC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. London 8 142 17.8 46 1
A. St. Brown 8 128 16.0 24 0

Fumbles

USC F FL
K. Slovis 1 0
A. St. Brown 1 1

Returning

UCLA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Felton 2 21.0 0 26 0 - 0 0
USC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. St. Brown 0 - 0 0 2 -1.5 0 0
K. Christon 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

UCLA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Lees 5 216 43.2 51
USC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Griffiths 3 122 40.7 42

Takeaways

USC Int Yds InTD
I. Taylor-Stuart 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCLA USC
Points For 35 52
Total Yards 540 643
Rushing Yards 157 128
Passing Yards 383 515
Passing Completions / Attempts 30/49 37/47
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/1
First Downs 27 34
Penalties - Yards 10/73 7/57
Time Of Possession 24:24 36:36
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 4/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 5/43 3/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCLA USC
UCLA 3:52 TD Demetric Felton 9 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 7 0
USC 8:47 FG Chase McGrath 31 yd FG 7 3
USC 13:20 TD Vavae Malepeai 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 10
2nd Quarter UCLA USC
UCLA 1:44 TD Dorian Thompson-Robinson 3 yd run (JJ Molson kick) 14 10
USC 5:21 TD Michael Pittman Jr. 1 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 14 17
USC 12:54 TD Michael Pittman Jr. 4 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 14 24
3rd Quarter UCLA USC
USC 1:34 TD Drake London 32 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 14 31
USC 6:40 TD Vavae Malepeai 8 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 14 38
UCLA 8:40 TD Devin Asiasi 53 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 21 38
UCLA 13:06 TD Chase Cota 7 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 28 38
4th Quarter UCLA USC
USC 0:08 TD Tyler Vaughns 49 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 28 45
UCLA 2:44 TD Joshua Kelley 1 yd run (JJ Molson kick) 35 45
USC 6:21 TD Stephen Carr 2 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 35 52

Game Information

Stadium: United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 64,156
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