USC trailed 14-10 in the second quarter before the Kedon Slovis show began. The Trojans scored 28 consecutive points and Slovis threw for a school-record 515 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-35 win over rival UCLA Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
This was Slovis fourth 400 yard game in the last five contest. He passed Matt Barkely’s single game USC records against UCLA and tied Barkley for the most 400-yard passing games in a USC career.
“This is 4-5 games with 400+ yards and I think he’s doing a really nice job finding the one on one opportunities and believing in his playmakers,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “In 25 years, I’ve never had four receivers with over 100 yards. I’m proud of what he’s become and I’m proud of how coachable and learns from mistakes and gets better with each time.”
USC set a school record with four pass catchers going over 100 receiving yards.Michael Pittman Jr. tied a career best with 13 catches for 104 yards today. It was his fourth game this season with 10 or more catches and fifth with 100 or more receiving yards. Pittman had two receiving touchdowns today to give him 20 all-purpose touchdowns in his career. The two touchdowns today matched a career high. It is his third game this season and fifth of his career with two touchdowns.
Freshman Drake London had career high with eight receptions and 142 receiving yard. He also had a touchdown catch, his fourth of the season and fourth consecutive game with a touchdown catch. Tyler Vaughns had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and seventh of his career. Amon-Ra St. Brown finished with eight catches for 128 yards today. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth of his career.
“Like coach said, any of you in here could throw for a couple hundred yards with these receivers,” Slovis said. “So yeah, it’s exciting to put up numbers but I think I really have a good team around me that makes it happen.”
The Trojans took a 10-7 lead in the first quarter after Vavae Malepeai’s 1-yard touchdown run. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson scored on a 3-yard run to put the Bruins up 14-10 in the second quarter. Pittman Jr. caught two touchdowns to give USC a 24-14 halftime lead.
Slovis hit London on a 32-yard touchdown to open the third quarter. Malepeai scored his second touchdown of the game before UCLA’s Devin Asiasi and Chase Cota caught touchdown passes to cut the USC lead, 38-28.
Vaughns reeled in a 49-yard touchdown pass and running back Stephen Carr closed the show with a 2-yard touchdown run.
“Never quit the fight, we believed in the process,” Helton said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of them for finishing like they have. I couldn’t be any happier, it gives up the opportunity to be in Santa Clarita. We’re going to be the biggest Wildcat and Buffalo fans over the next two weeks.”
USC needs a Utah loss in its final two games to be able to play in the Pac-12 championship game