After facing an 18-point deficit early in the third quarter, the Trojans dug deep and, with the help of a big-time catch by wideout Tyler Vaughns to put USC inside the Bruins 10 with 36 seconds left, managed to outlast cross-town rival UCLA 43-38 on Saturday night in Los Angeles thanks to late touchdown grab by receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Sophomore Kedon Slovis finished with 30 completions on 47 passes for 344 yards and 5 touchdowns with two interceptions. Running back Vavae Malepeai recorded 110 rushing yards on 19 carries and Vaughns had a team-high 128 yards and two scores on eight receptions. Drake London also caught two of Slovis’ touchdown passes.
With a little over 10 minutes left in the fourth and the Trojans down down by five, Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw an ill-advised interception to safety Talanoa Hufanga who returned the ball 31 yards to the UCLA 15. This ended up being one of the pivotal plays in this instant classic between these two storied programs.
The Trojans finish the regular season 6-0 and are set to have a date with a 3-2 Washington team in the PAC-12 title game on December 18.