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No. 5 USC pulls away late for 30-20 win over California

Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

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USC stops turnover-prone Cal (1:11)
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Miscues and turnovers abundant in USC - Cal game (1:09)
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Sam Darnold reflects on his performance (1:05)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC took advantage of four interceptions by Cal QB Ross Bowers - boy, did he float 'em out there - and scored 17 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, lifting the fifth-ranked Trojans to a 30-20 victory over Cal today. The game was tied at 13-13 after three quarters.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How would USC combat not having its top running back, No. 2 receiver and No. 2 linebacker? Force 6 turnovers (and counting). Clancy Pendergast's group has tormented Ross Bowers (4 interceptions) and the Cal offense today. After a shaky start against Western Michigan, USC's defense has really buckled down the past two weeks.

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Trojans' Darnold finds Burnett in end zone for TD (0:42)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

After a scoreless 3rd quarter, USC has scored 17 points in little more than 4 minutes. And Trojans RT Chuma Edoga was blowing kisses to the Cal crowd.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Cal QB Ross Bowers threw into — *raises magnifying glass to the replay* — quadruple coverage for the interception and USC DB Yikili Ross returns it 42 yards.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Points off turnovers: USC 10, Cal 0. Points: USC 23, Cal 13.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Darnold right now against Cal's defense: In pocket: 16-of-22 for 140 yards and an INT Outside pocket: 6-of-11 for 58 yards and a TD. He's also 2-for-12 for 25 yards and an INT on throws 10 yards or more through the air

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USC's Carr reaches out for TD (0:42)
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USC forces Cal fumble for big turnover (0:46)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Chase McGrath is USC's early-season MVP. The freshman just hit another FG, this one from 46 yards to give the Trojans a 16-13 lead. He's 6-of-7 this year.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC's struggles running the ball against the Cal defensive front shows up again on a failed 4th-and-1. The Trojans have 95 yards on 20 carries, but really 76 on 19 without Darnold's 19-yard scramble earlier.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Cal's once-promising drive fell apart after RB Patrick Laird dropped a pass in the end zone on 1st down. The Bears end up missing a 29-yd FG, leaving the game tied at 13-13 w/8:41 left in the 3rd.

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Cal Head Coach Wilcox discusses how his team is competing hard (0:33)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

And for the 2nd-straight week, 5th-ranked USC goes into halftime tied with an unranked opponent. Cal evens it up at 13-13 on a 21-yard FG on the final play of the half. Buckle up.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC calls timeout with :29 left in the half, apparently reeling after allowing completions of 27 and 11 yards on consecutive plays. Cal will have 1st and goal from the 2.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Turns out Wharton's knee was down before the ball came out. That's a 25-yard reception by Wharton and first down for the Bears.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC CB Iman Marshall fell down, got beat by Cal WR Vic Wharton III, hustled back into the play and then may have caused a fumble. Officials reviewing to see if Wharton's knee was down.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

For a freshman walk-on, Chase McGrath has been good money for USC. He hits another FG, this one from 34 yards to put the Trojans up 13-10. McGrath is 4-of-5 on the season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal coach Justin Wilcox told me this week he's pleased with players' overall understanding of the defense but wants to see greater attention to detail. "Whether it's an alignment thing or eye control or execution of the technique, we've got to grow there," Wilcox said. The most exciting thing for Cal fans? "By far, our best football is in front of us," Wilcox said.

Team Stats

Passing Yards275.541st
Rushing Yards153.3Tied-80th
Points For28.877th
Points Against24.0Tied-59th

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