USC vs UCLA 2010 was the last game on the college football schedule yesterday. As such, USC-UCLA 2010 was the last game of the entire regular season – if one doesn’t count the Army-Navy game next week. Nevertheless, it was undoubtedly the last game of the year for the Trojans and Bruins, but for entirely different reasons. The Bruins were not bowl eligible anyway, while the Trojans had enough wins for a bowl, but are not allowed to go. Therefore, the USC-UCLA battle this year was just for pride, which the Trojans salvaged with a 28-14 win.
After a heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame last week, Southern Cal got a chance to end things on a better note, against another arch-rival. This time, they went to the Rose Bowl – their only trip there for the season – and maintained their traditional dominance over the Bruins.
The USC-UCLA showdown was littered with mistakes on both sides, with a combined four turnovers in the third quarter alone. The only one on his game was Trojans senior running back Allen Bradford, as he had 212 rushing yards, and a 47-yard touchdown reception.
That reception gave Southern Cal a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter, and all but sealed things away. It was a fittingly disappointing end to the year for the Bruins, while the Trojans avoided further disappointment on their end.
Normally, this showdown would be a prelude to a bigger bowl for the Trojans. But thanks to their NCAA probation, the USC vs UCLA game is their last of the season, as they won’t see a bowl for a few more years. Even if they were eligible, they would only get a smaller bowl with their 8-5 record.
In their first year under Lane Kiffin, the Trojans thought they would still be able to salvage a solid year. Instead, they marginally improved over their last season with Pete Carroll, and lost two in a row before last night’s win. Yet although their long winning streak over the Irish ended, they beat the Bruins for the 11’th time in 12 years – with their only blemish being the costly 2006 upset.
For the Bruins, the USC-UCLA 2010 results closed a 4-8 year, and a 2-7 mark in the Pac-10. After winning a bowl last year, the team took a decided step back, missing their second postseason in three years under Rick Neuheisel. California’s two most prestigious college football teams have hit hard times lately, with dim hopes for improvement anytime soon.
Nevertheless, both the Trojans and Bruins will start to prepare for next year, although the next USC vs UCLA battle will be the Trojans’ last of 2011 as well.
Los Angeles Times- “USC takes this one down Victory Lane against UCLA”