UCLA vs USC — Game Day

Marquee matchup

UCLA running back Joshua Kelley vs. USC’s run defense. The Trojans have not forgotten the damage Kelley did last season, when he steamrolled their defense for career-high 289 rushing yards. USC has had its share of issues against the run again this season, while Kelley remains UCLA’s most effective offensive weapon. “Stop the run,” USC linebacker John Houston said. “That’s our big mind-set for the day.”

Getting offensive

UCLA (392.7 ypg/26.7 ppg): Moving the ball hasn’t been an issue for the Bruins; holding onto it has been. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson committed four of his team’s five turnovers last week against Utah and has been responsible for 17 of its 20 turnovers on the season. UCLA won’t be able to generate the points it needs to win if it loses another game of keep away.

USC (445.7 ypg, 31.5 ppg): As he wraps up his unexpected freshman season, quarterback Kedon Slovis is on a tear. Slovis has thrown for 400 yards and four touchdowns in three of his last four games, and this week, he’ll match up with a pass defense that ranks among the worst in the Pac-12. The return of leading rusher Vavae Malepeai could bring more balance on offense, but more than likely, it’ll be up to Slovis to establish a rhythm.

Getting defensive

UCLA (442.0 ypg/33.7 ppg): The Bruins reverted to some of their bad habits against Utah, missing tackles and struggling to cover receivers. To have any chance against the Trojans, they must disrupt Slovis and receive strong efforts from their defensive backs while covering what may feel like an NFL-caliber receiving corps.

USC (403.8 ypg, 27.1 ppg): USC’s plight against dual-threat passers has been a sore subject all season, and this week, it’ll face another capable scrambler. Keeping Thompson-Robinson contained will be crucial, as will limiting space for Kelley to break open plays on the perimeter. The Trojans have been inconsistent on defense, but consecutive encouraging performances have them as confident as they’ve been all season on that end.

Something special

The Aussies will rule in the punting game when countrymen Wade Lees of UCLA and Ben Griffiths of USC both try to have a g’day. Lees said he’s gone to lunch and the beach with his friend since arriving in Westwood. “He’s a beast,” Lees said of Griffiths. “He’s 6-6, 245. He could be a tight end, for sure. He’s an animal.”

Of note

The Bruins need two wins to be bowl eligible. The Trojans, who have won 15 of their last 20 in the rivalry, have a chance of sneaking into the Pac-12 title game with a win and a Utah loss sometime over the next two weeks. That desperation favors USC, which is aiming to win at least five of its last six games for the third time in four years.

Injury report

UCLA defensive lineman Elijah Wade (unspecified injury) and linebacker Bo Calvert (NCAA suspension) are out and safety Quentin Lake (wrist) is unlikely to play. … USC will likely get back Malepeai (ankle), as well as wideout Tyler Vaughns (ankle), who was limited a week ago. But linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV (ankle, knee) remains “a longshot” to play and safety Chase Williams is out with a foot sprain.

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Ah the Pac-12 …….We beat Ariz. St ……….Oregon kicks our butts ………..Ariz.St. beats Oregon ……….Ah the Pac-12 !

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Thank You Larry F****** Scott, Utah’s only loss is from having to travel and play on a Friday!

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Good Point! I had forgotten about that.

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Been seeing the on internet Phil Parker (Iowa Defensive coordinator) might seek permission to do interviews (for defensive cord positions ). Iowa presently is 5th in country in defense ( in 10 games Iowa has given up 124 total points ).

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If we can’t get Meyer we should full court press Matt Rhule.

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Gets my vote !

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I think he’s most likely going to the NFL, but we should at least give it a try. He coaches big boy football. Defense, limiting mistakes, and being the more physical team.

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Good at being a head coach ? That is in doubt . …..But good at politics ? >>>>>>>
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Clay Helton gave a game ball to “Coach Bohn” in the locker room #USC

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I wonder what Bohn was thinking when Helton gave him the game ball? What? you’re not going to kiss my feet too?

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Helton is such a pissant. How long has Bohn been on the job? Three weeks? Helton must wear knee pads 24/7 so he can bow and scrape to his bosses. I just cannot take this slug another season.

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I’m surprised Pendergast dd not get a game ball for holding UCLA to only 35 points.
Carol Folt also received a game ball from sluggo.
He told Bohn he can fire the entire staff, like Brian Kelly did a few years ago, except for Pendergast and Baxter, if the lets him stay.

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Alfa 1 then we shall be the Three Amigos because this poster will not be coming back next season either.

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Winning is always nice, it’s a salve for the ego. After the glow has worn off this win and reality sets in, the bottom line, we beat one of the three floor mats, perhaps the worst, that inhabit our conference. What degree of confidence does it give, when, if we remain a ranked team and meet another mid ranked team, not another floor mat? For me, not much, considering the same group will coach that game. Our little city rivalry doesn’t hold sway in the larger football world. D.D.S if Helton is retained for another season, I’ll join you in… Read more »

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I will take up a new hobby….

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The announcers cheering for Helton is understandable And pathetic. They are Teflon and plastic.
The real question they should be asking on air should be; Is USC football just being competitive in the mediocre PAC 12 enough?
I thought that competing for national championships against the Bama’s and Clemson’s was the bar.
Oh and why, why.,,,,
Why is the D never prepared for a runner at QB?

Glad the boys and the seniors won.

Helton still needs to go. No matter how you spin it the talent rich Trojans beat who they we’re supposed to beat in a mediocre pac 12.

Fight On!

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Even a win over the gutties has no joy for me without a termination of Helton’s employment and the hiring of the guy we all know will turn around this dumpster fire of a program. If Helton is back—I am taking a sabbatical. If Bohn/Folt go half-assed and don’t land Urban, the sabbatical lasts indefinitely.

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Even if we interview him and he says no ?

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If we interview him like we want him, he won’t say no.

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Say it again …..First are we gonna talk to Urban . if ……..IF we interview him first question ? Does he want the job ? The hiring process ends the second the word YES comes out of his mouth .

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Well another great Trojan victory. Allen you must get a sarcasm emoji, because as the old saying goes “sarcasm is anger’s ugly cousin.”

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clay is a likable guy–jeff fisher type

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On the money. likable, root for him to win, just root for him on a team that is not your own.

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Victory Bell finally,

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SC beats UCLA……….Still has a longshot at even winning division and yet which will SC fanbase be …..more happy or more worrying about SC keeping Helton ?

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The announcer suck-up to Hugs is just pathetic.

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our defensive line is gassed, Where are the other kids to give them a blow, I thought we had more D linemen.

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We do, but Clancy refuses to use them.

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Not the Pendergast way, old chum.

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not a good look clay , taking the foot off the gas pedal

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I love how the announcers keep talking about the Trojan talent. But they ignore the lack of development or the recruiting

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They also neglect to mention that most of the talent was overlooked by Clay and the only way some of these guys saw the field was because of injuries to Clay’s choice of starters.

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what happened to the 4 minute drill and closing out a game? CH wow, really?

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well that bad snap was another category of mistakes made today. looks like we are going to check all the boxes for mistakes. are you watching this Bohn?

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why are we sitting on the ball with 3 minutes left?

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ucla is in better condition -clay got lucky

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Any halfway decent middle school flag football coach would have put a QB spy on DTR by now…

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You would think they worked for the LA TIMES.

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I have turned the volume off my TV because I can’t stand this constant drivel about Helton!

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Me too, Scipio.

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It’s like almost like they’re doing it ironically…

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I watch all football games with no sound on.
It is just so much more enjoyable that way.
Thought we were going to see a re-run of last year’s game in Pasadena.
Please get some defensive personnel who can be trusted late in games, and an offensive line while I am asking.

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These announcers are brown nosing clay helton now. What a joke

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This defense is terrible. Thanks Clancy for the effort.

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There are no fundamentals on this defense.

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I give some credit to Helton …….But if Urban wants the job it will be his FACT ……(But will we ask him ? )

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These clown announcers.

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USC Administration – will pull a PC move and play it safe -extend Clay

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Difference in this game they have the worser defensive coordinator ????? (which does not say much for Clancy )

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Steven Carr and a Touchdown. Please play some defense now Trojans!!!

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Please bury the Bruins!!!

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Steven Carr…..

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Clay is pacing up and down the sideline !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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butter fingers!

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AD MIKE BOHN, please get rid of this head coach.

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Win or not. I don’t call this finishing strong

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Absolutely not !………………………. and boy Clay looks scared to me !

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How are we up by 10 in the 4th and I still feel like we’re losing badly?

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Ask Mr. Clancy .

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It feels like this every game regardless of the score. Our good play is in spasms, and is just enough to overcome our consistent inconsistencies.

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We score here onside kick ?????

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How does a defense stink it up this bad ???????????

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Clancy’s defense wilting again at the end of the game

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He ‘s GOT TO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Unless USC scores every time they will lose

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Urban watching our defense and shaking his head ?

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Hey SC defense coordinator get ready to sell your house …..Your employment situation is getting more and more doubtful .

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And another wasted timeout

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How does our defense let that happen?

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Yup we need 60 points !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Will we need 60 points in this game ?