USC Vs. UCLA Score, Takeaways: The no. 7 Trojans no. 16 keep playoff hopes alive by edging Bruins

No. 7 USC clinched its spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game and kept its College Football Playoff aspirations alive with an epic 48-45 victory over No. 16 UCLA. The Trojans punted just once as they rallied from a 14-0 deficit to rack up over 600 yards against their crosstown rival in a big game for both programs.

A win would have kept UCLA’s hopes of reaching the Pac-12 title game intact, but the Bruins had no answer for USC’s formidable offense on senior night in the Rose Bowl. USC quarterback Caleb Williams threw for over 400 yards and hit both through the air and on the ground while out-dueling UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

In the final home game of his five-year career, Thompson-Robinson got off to a hot start by accounting for the Bruins’ first three touchdowns as they jumped out to a 21-10 lead in the second quarter. But Thompson-Robinson committed turnovers on three of UCLA’s next four possessions.

Ever the warrior, Thompson-Robinson played through the obvious pain and responded repeatedly to USC’s offense in the second half. But the Bruins finally forced USC’s first punt with 2:27 left and UCLA seized a chance to tie or take the lead, and another turnover ruined its chances. Corey Foreman intercepted Thompson-Robinson with 1:26 left, allowing the Trojans to run out the clock and seal the win.

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