Cody Kessler, USC Trojans QB, threw two touchdown passes and ran in for another score to clinch the Pac 12-South title against UCLA with a score of 40-21, at the Coliseum, on November 28.
Wide receivers Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught TD passes while the Trojans scored 20 consecutive points in the second half before raising the Victory Bell in the roaring Coliseum. USC will face Stanford next Saturday in the to the PAC-12 Championship, reported abc7.com.
Kessler and Adoree Jackson, Trojan’s cornerback, were in total control of the second half. However, towards the end of the first half, Jackson had a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown, explained bleacherreport.com.
“The guys really came together and made a decision,” Kessler stated of the Trojans’ preparation. “We weren’t losing this game.”
Running back Paul Perkins’s short touchdown run put the Bruins in the third quarter, shortly after Trojans Lineman Claude Pelon sacked Rosen and forced a fumble. Green picked it up and ran for a 31-yard touchdown. This started a streak of 20 unanswered points, stated latimes.com.
“I’m not too big into rivalries and hate for another school,” USC two-way star Adoree Jackson explained. “I’ve got much love and respect for those guys over there.”
“It’s really not about the rivalry,” USC senior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods stated. “It’s about fixing our errors. We’re not really worried about them or the rivalry.” Much more than bragging rights were at stake, according to www.ocregister.com.