Los Angeles, CA – The call was an outside zone play.
UCLA junior running back Joshua Kelley took the handoff and raced down the left sideline for 55-yard touchdown, giving the Bruins a one-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Kelley rushed for 289 yards on 40 carries with two touchdowns to lead UCLA to a 34-27 win over crosstown rival USC Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
“This is a game I’ve watched since I was like, 8 years old, and I was finally out there, and I was like, I’m gonna make sure I embrace every single moment,” Kelley said. “Make the best out of it. So it was a crazy experience, man. I loved it.”
The UC Davis transfer walked on at UCLA and has rushed for 1,188 this season. Kelley helped the Bruins snap a three-game losing streak to USC.
“It was crazy and finally I was out there and wanted to embrace every single moment of it,” Kelley said. “It was a crazy experience. I sure enjoyed it and our team did too.”
UCLA took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter on a 33-yard touchdown reception by Theo Howard and a 4-yard run by Wilton Speight.
The Trojans responded with a 44-yard touchdown pass from JT Daniels to Amon-Ra St. Brown, cutting the lead to 14-10.
USC cornerback Isaiah Langley blocked the UCLA punt and Devon Williams scooped and scored to give USC a 17-14 lead over UCLA..
Kelley scored from a yard out to regain the lead for UCLA but Velus Jones Jr. hauled in a 45-yard touchdown to give the lead back to USC with 5:54 left in the second quarter. USC led 24-21 at halftime.
“Coming into the game, we had a lot of respect for Joshua,” USC coach Clay Helton said. He’s a very physical back and a very good runner. I thought they did a nice job tonight of being able to get the ball outside on the perimeter and bouncing the ball outside.”
UCLA kicker JJ Molson added a pair of field goals to extend the lead in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans had one last shot in the final drive and reached the UCLA 29-yard line but Daniels pass fell incomplete on fourth down with 32 seconds left.
Daniels completed 20-of-34 passers for 337 yards and two touchdowns but threw a fourth-quarter interception.
“It was a deserved victory,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “They didn’t kind of slide into it or backdoor into this win. There’s no question in this game that we played hard. We played harder, and that’s why we won the football game.”
Eugene, OR –The Oregon Ducks narrowly defeated Arizona State 31-29 Saturday night, spoiling any hopes Herm Edwards and company had of winning the Pac-12 South this season.
Oregon’s run-first offense started fast, marching down field 78 yards for a touchdown in 9 plays giving the Ducks an early 7-0 lead. The opening drive was led by Travis Dye’s 3 carries for 50 yards and capped off by a CJ Verdell 6-yard touchdown run.
In what was potentially Justin Herbert’s last game in Autzen Stadium, he completed 19/34 passes for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Although both interceptions came off of tipped balls, Herbert certainty didn’t look his best Saturday but, the connection with Dillon Mitchell was alive and well. Mitchell led the Ducks in receiving with 103 yards and 1 touchdown.
Arizona State capitalized on Herbert’s first interception, scoring on the next play. Sun Devil QB Manny Wilkins found WR Frank Derby for a 22-yard touchdown pass, making it a one score game with 50 seconds left in the first half at 21-13. Oregon immediately responded with a quick score of their own, going 71 yards in just 39 seconds, and regaining a 15-point lead at half after an 8-yard TD rush by Jaylon Redd.
The Ducks struggled to find any rhythm in the second half, failing to score another touchdown the rest of the night.Commenting on the night’s turnovers and overall lack of production in the second half, Mario Cristobal stated “We kept finding ways to give the ball back to them. We should have turned in a lot more points and a lot more yards”.
Fortunately for Cristobal, his defense continued to stay strong on crucial stands, forcing Arizona State to punt 8 times on the night, and holding them to 3 field goals. Leading the defense in total tackles at 12, Troy Dye brought his season total above 100 for the second straight year.
In what ended up being the deciding moment of the game, the Oregon defense was put on the spot again after Arizona State tried tying the game at 31 with a two-point conversion. Manny Wilkins found Frank Derby in the back of the end zone, but he was questionably ruled out of bounds on the field with no review.
After forcing Herbert’s second interception of the night, Arizona State had another chance at a game winning drive with 3:47 to play. Only needing a field goal, Wilkins moved the ball into Oregon territory when he found WR N’Keal Harry for a first down, but the catch was overturned after a booth review. Wilkins fumbled the next play, and Oregon would go on to run the clock out.
The Oregon Ducks will travel to Oregon State next Friday, November 22nd for the “Civil War”, which Mario Cristobal referred to as the “Most important game of the year”.
Boulder, CU – The Utah Utes came into Folsom Field on a mission to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes and weather. The snow and the Buffaloes could not slow down the Utes who secured a spot in the PAC-12 Championship to represent the South after 30-7 victory.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team that handles adversity any better than these guys; they’ve got a lot of guts and a lot of toughness,” Kyle Whittingham said.
Utah jumped on Colorado in third quarter with 17 unanswered points on the ice field.
Quarterback Jason Shelley threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns hitting 7 different targets.
In third Shelley threw 47 yard touchdown pass Jaylen Dixon that made the score 17-7.
After Colorado struck light lighting scoring in first quarter on a 7 play Travon McMillian touchdown run for 13 yards the Buffaloes went cold.
In the second half the Utah Defense held Colorado to average of 4.25 plays per possession.
“We’re just inept on offense right now, and that’s the best way to put it,” MacIntyre said. “We’ve got to find a way to move the ball better and get some points. The defense played OK at times, they just got worn down.
“This has been a tough stretch, there’s no doubt about it.”
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez only threw for 84 yards with 13 competitions.
“As an offense, we have to find a way to execute, because the defense is holding us down and they’re holding their own,” said senior receiver Juwann Winfree, who finished with three receptions for 54 yards. “They kept getting stops, and we weren’t doing anything on offense.”
Now Colorado after such a promising start of the season has come to just halt. They played four games in the PAC-12 where just a few things needed to go their way to make this season on a different path.
The Utah Utes win their first-ever South title and a berth in the Pac-12 championship game next weekend against the winner of Saturday’s Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State.
The Buffaloes will finish off the season traveling to Cal on November 24th and try to end on a high note.
Dallas TX – The SMU Mustangs played their final home game Friday night in front of a spirited crowd and many fans hopeful for next season.
SMU (5- 6) lost to the bowl-eligible (7-4) Memphis Tigers 28-18, but there were indeed flashes of greatness on both offense and defense.
Going into Friday night, the two very evenly matched teams were predicted to provide a great duel of passionate programs. The first half was nothing short of a battle it out affair.
Both SMU and Memphis had big plays on offense that led to even bigger defensive plays and non-scoring drives. SMU quarterback Ben Hicks threw the ball 55 times, completing 29 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver James Proche was on the receiving end of both touchdowns. Proche also had a game-high 12 receptions for 134 yards. Sophomore Reggie Robinson Jr. made seven receptions for 116 yards.
While the ball seemed to be moving for both teams throughout the game, there was a host of overthrown passes and dropped balls. The only first half touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from Memphis quarterback Brady White to Joey Magnifico. SMU settled for a field goal in the first quarter and with Memphis pinned deep on the two-yard line in the second quarter, SMU forced a safety.
Memphis led 7 to 5 at the half and would never surrender their lead. The Tigers’ running back Patrick Taylor Jr., rushed for a nine-yard touchdown on a quick scoring drive, increasing the Tigers lead to 14 to 5 early in the second half. Still SMU managed to only trail Memphis 14 – 12 at the end of the third quarter, after a well-executed 31-yard passing touchdown from Hicks to Proche.
Taylor would rush for a total of 112 yards and two touchdowns. White passed for 226 yards and two more Memphis touchdowns, despite being picked off by the SMU defense twice.
Memphis took over the final quarter with two quick scores, and with just over eight minutes remaining SMU had no room for error. The Mustangs would score again on a short Proche touchdown reception, but they failed on the two-point conversion with six minutes remaining.
The final score read 28 -18. SMU plays at Tulsa next Saturday for their final game of the season.
Los Angeles, CA – With the USC basketball team almost at full strength, the Trojans largest lead was 41 points in the second half.
USC center Nick Rakocevic scored 16 points with 13 rebounds to help the Trojans in a 95-59 win over Stetson Wednesday night in the Hall of Fame Classic at the Galen Center.
“It was a nice team win,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We played well on defense, especially in the second half. We shared the basketball. It was nice to have our complement of players back, it helped our depth and rotation.”
USC senior Bennie Boatwright was back in action for the first time this season after offseason knee surgery, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Trojans improved to 2-1 on the season.
Boatwright said he felt good and got in a rhythm. It has been a tough nine months. I listened to my body, took one day at a time and trusted the process he added.
“I just let the game come to me and played within the flow of the game,” Boatwright, who finished with 16 points in 18 minutes, said. “This team is much different than last year. We play faster. As long as we defend, we’ll be tough to beat.”
USC used a 14-0 run to jump out to a 30-7 lead midway through the first half. The Trojans shot 53.6 percent from the field to take a 39-24 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to start fast and we did,” USC freshman Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 12 points in his first career start, said. “We just had to maintain.”
The Trojans pulled away in the second half, with strong performances by Boatwright and freshman Elijah Weaver who made his debut with nine points.
USC’s next game will be Monday, Nov. 19 against Texas Tech at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. as part of the NABC Hall of Fame Classic.
“The teams we’ll play (in the Kansas City tournament) are excellent,” Enfield said. “We’re excited because they are NCAA Tournament-type teams. This group is a work in progress with an opportunity to get better quickly.”
San Diego, CA – Matt Mitchell dropped 21 points with 5 rebounds and copped a steal to help SDSU (2-0) topple over Texas Southern 103-64 Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.
Jordan Schackel finished second on the stat sheet with 16 points and following him was Jalen McDaniels who had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Devin Watson also had 14 points and eight assists.
The Aztecs (2-0) conclude a brief two-game homestand to open the 2018-19 campaign and will now prepare to open the Maui Invitational in Hawaii against a talented Duke team that opened the season with a 118-84 win against Kentucky and has won its three games by an average of 28 points.
“They’re talented at every position. They’re well-coached,” SDSU coach Brian Dutcher said. “But I want to get them into a close game. I’d like to find a way to get the game close down the stretch. And I think Coach K would like that, too. He’s not served very well by winning all these games by 20 or 30. Now, I know he enjoys it, but when he gets to the ACC, they’re going to have some challenging games. I hope we’re the first one.”
Dutcher will need to strategize how to try to stop Duke’s big three freshmen.
Duke star’s Zion Williams, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish have been putting on a show in their first three games all averaging 20 points per game.
The aztecs have much to prepare for.
“I think Duke will be a good test being the number one team in the country,” sophomore Matt Mitchell said when asked how he feels about facing Duke. “It’ll be a test for us to see where we are.”
Mitchell stands at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds and is probably the closest matchup for Zion Williams, who is 6-7, 285.
“We’re giving up some weight but we’ll be close. I think that will be a fun matchup,” Dutcher said.
When asked on going up against the 285 pound Duke freshman Mitchell said, “Like Jordan said, we’ll take it one game at a time. Today it was Texas Southern and next time it’ll be Duke. The game after that is whoever it is and we’ll just take it one game at a time.”
Texas Southern: This was the fourth of six straight road games for the Tigers to begin the season. They lost 104-67 at Gonzaga on Saturday night and 85-73 at Iowa State on Monday night.
San Diego State: The Aztecs, who won their first two games for the first time in four seasons, head into the game against Duke having beaten Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 16 and Texas Southern by 39. The Aztecs will face the Blue Devils for the first time since the 2015 NCAA Tournament, when Duke won 68-49.
Texas Southern: Plays at Evansville on Monday night in a non-bracketed game of the Maui Invitational.
San Diego State: Faces No. 1 Duke on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The Aztecs are 0-2 against the Blue Devils.
Los Angeles, CA – The USC basketball team dropped its first loss of the season in a 82-78 defeat to Vanderbilt on Sunday at the Galen Center.
USC got within 76-74 with 14 seconds left in the game on a layup by Derryck Thornton but he missed the free throw on the and one play.
“It was a great game,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We had the momentum. Then we had some crucial turnovers and missed shots at the end. The sloppy turnovers and quick shots are not a recipe for success.”
USC took a 69-67 lead on a Jonah Mathews layup before the Vanderbilt went on a 9-2 run to take the lead. Joe Toye, who finished with 16 points, had three free throws to key the Commodores rally.
“I was impressed with our effort,” Enfield said. “We played hard. We turned up the defense in the second half and limited their second shots.”
Vanderbilt took a 38-29 lead with the help of a 9-0 run with two minutes left in the first half. Jordan Usher helped USC trim the lead with two three pointers before halftime as they trailed, 42-36.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor in the first half, Vanderbilt making 36.4 percent and USC making 38.9 percent. Vanderbilt led 28-24 in first-half rebounding.
Nick Rakocevic led the Trojans with 19 points and 18 rebounds while Thornton added 17 points. Freshman Kevin Porter Jr. scored 14 points with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes.
“I was impressed with our effort,” Rakocevic said. “We played hard. We turned up the defense in the second half and limited their second shots.”
USC (1-1) will look to bounce back when they host Stetson on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS OH — The Buckeyes opened their home basketball season with a huge second half, beating Purdue Fort Wayne 107-67. The Mastodons kept up with Ohio State for the first twenty minutes of play, ending the half trailing 34-41.
C.J. Jackson was the standout shooter for OSU with a career high 25 points in 30 minutes. Jackson was on fire in the second half, hitting three straight from outside the circle. The senior guard drained four of his seven 3-point shots and went 8-11 in field goals.
The first half of the game saw PFW taking and missing shots in a fast paced, back and forth battle. The two teams stayed within five points of each other until Jackson’s first 3-point jumper which gave OSU an 18-23 lead.
Two missed 3’s and a block from OSU forward Kaleb Wesson and the Mastodons were seemingly buried, trailing 20-27. Kason Harrell (PFW) made a three-point play off a foul and brought his team back into the game.
Jackson’s performance was bolstered by the Bucks’ bench, which put up 53 points. Fans can thank Duane Washington Jr. for 20 of those 53. Washington landed six of his nine 3’s and shot 7-11 FGs in only 21 minutes of play.
Washington’s buckets gave the Buckeyes the lead at the end of the half and PFW never came back.
PFW landed 33.8 percent of its field goals and only 22.2 percent of its 3’s, both numbers being dwarfed by the Buckeyes’ 60.7 and 53.6 percents respectively.
Fort Wayne’s John Konchar led the Dons with 13 points and nine rebounds. Harrell also added 13 points.
OSU is 2-0 and goes to Creighton Thursday night while the 1-2 Mastodons can be seen at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and on Comcast CN81 at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Manchester.
Palo Alto, CA – The Stanford Cardinal (6-4, 4-3) opened the 2018 season with three straight wins, working themselves up into the Top 10 rankings.
But with senior running back Bryce Love (20) struggling with injuries, including one that sidelined him in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame back in late September, the Cardinal had dropped their last four games coming into their home finale against Oregon State.
Many of the questions the Cardinal have faced in response to the shaky stretch may have been answered in their 48-17 blowout of the Beavers (2-8, 1-6).
Stanford showed the type of hard-nosed, physical style of play they have become known for in recent years tonight, with Love and the offense totaling nearly 250 yards on the ground along with three rushing touchdowns from three different ball carriers.
Love lead the Cardinal on the ground with 90 yards and a score on just 11 carries.
With senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside (19) out due to an injury suffered against the Washington Huskies last week, the Cardinal needed to find additional support from one of their weapons.
It was the 6 foot 7 inch tight end Colby Parkinson (87) that stole the show for Stanford offensively in this one. The sophomore brought in six catches for 166 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Quarterback K.J. Costello played one of his most complete games to date as well, completing 23-of-33 attempts with four scores and one interception through the air, along with a 45-yard scamper that moved the Cardinal down within the five-yard line.
Stanford head coach David Shaw touched on the effects of the devastating wildfires burning at both ends of the state after the game, saying “Thoughts and prayers to all those families that are affected by the fires. I know how difficult this week has been.”
And about his team’s success, Shaw was quick to point out those likely playing for the last time at The Farm.
“So excited about our seniors. A lot of our seniors contributed a lot tonight,” he said. “Both up front on the offensive and defensive lines; Bryce Love; Cameron Scarlett; Jake Bailey. Guys came in and just made some great plays for us.”
Despite the lopsided score, Oregon State showed promise on a variety of fronts, as they have throughout this introductory season for first-year head coach and former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith.
The Beavers’ Jake Luton (6) totaled over 300 yards passing in their surprisingly tough loss to USC last week and managed to eclipse 200 yards in this one along with two touchdowns and an interception.
Freshman running back Jermar Jefferson (22) has been a standout for the Beavers throughout the season, having eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground, and produced another impressive rushing performance tonight with 109 yards on 19 attempts.
These statistics were far from enough for Coach Smith or his team, however.
“Score 17 points in this league, you’ll have a tough time winning,” he said. “Credit to those guys. They play hard. They’re well-coached. They’re sound. That locker room is pretty disappointed right now.”
Stanford is now 6-0 this season when forcing a turnover and 0-4 when they do not.
The win gives the Cardinal their eighth straight against the Beavers. They haven’t fallen to OSU at home since 2006.
Oregon State heads to Seattle next to take on the Washington Huskies, while Stanford will head across the Bay for the 2018 edition of the Big Game against the Cal Golden Bears in Berkeley on Saturday.
The last time Cal beat USC, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Leinert were the starting quarterbacks in 2003 and the Trojans hadn’t lost to the Bears at the Coliseum since 2000.
The Golden Bears scored 15 unanswered points en route to a 15-14 victory over USC and ending a 14-game losing streak to the Trojans Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, former USC defensive coordinator, said the streak and all that, they don’t really talk about it.
“I didn’t even know about it until somebody brought it up this week,” Wilcox said. “We’re not playing the streak. These guys are competing and playing for each other.”
Despite leading Cal in a majority of statistical categories, USC was shut out in the second half and relinquished a 14-point lead.
USC (5-5, 4-4) suffered its third loss in four games and were eliminated from the Pac-12 South race. The Trojans need a win in their final two games to be bowl eligible.
“I’m sorry for the 5-5 season right now,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “I’ve seen programs across the country have a Rose Bowl, a Pac-12 championship, and then have an off season, and then come right back. Matter of fact, we’re going to compete against one of them [Notre Dame] in about two weeks. Sometimes you have a season that it just doesn’t go your way, but I believe in this coaching staff, I believe in the leadership, I believe in our players most of all.”
In the battle of freshman quarterbacks, J.T. Daniels outperformed his counterpart but Chase Garbers made the plays that mattered for Cal.
Daniels threw a pair of touchdowns to Tyler Vaughns in the first half but was held to just 33 yards in the second half and threw a costly interception.
A bad shotgun snap by center Toa Lobendahn flew over Daniels head before he could recover it in the end zone, giving Cal a safety early in the third quarter.
“A center is going to have a bad snap every now and then,” Daniels said. “Toa would give his life for me. He’s my best friend, he’s a captain and I trust him with my life too. It’s one bad snap.”
On the ensuing drive after the safety, Garbers hit Vic Wharton III for a 29-yard touchdown. Garbers ran for another score with 6:13 left in the third quarter to take a 15-14 lead.
“I’m not going to get over emotional and say the ship is sinking,” Helton said. “For us right now, we’re making too many mistakes across the board. Obviously a tough loss for our team overall. Like I told them it wasn’t one person who lost the game; it was a collective effort. We win together, we lose together.”
Next up for USC is the crosstown showdown at the Rose Bowl with rival UCLA on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“There’s not going to be falloff from me at this stage,” USC linebacker Cam Smith said. “Two games to look forward to and that’s the last for a lot of us. Every game is important and we’re just going out there and we gotta have a great week of practice and look forward for UCLA.”