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

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) With Sam Darnold and Southern California's usually potent offense struggling to finish drives, the defense kept getting the ball in good positions for the Trojans.

Fifth-ranked USC forced four of its six turnovers in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown run by Stephen Carr and a TD pass by Darnold, and the Trojans won their 13th straight game by pulling away late for a 30-20 victory over California on Saturday.

''We preach it all the time,'' defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said. ''Turnovers are something we made a big emphasis on in the offseason. As much as we can, get our offense the ball back. The best place for us is on the sideline, so the more we can be over there the better.''

Jack Jones intercepted two passes, Josh Fatu and Christian Rector each forced fumbles on sacks and Chris Hawkins and Ykili Ross added picks to give USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) its 14th straight win in the series against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1).

But this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter before USC took over on the defensive end after Chase McGrath's third field goal put the Trojans up 16-13.

''We came in at halftime, took a deep breath, made some changes and said, `Hey, let's elevate our level of play,''' coach Clay Helton said. ''I thought everybody, the whole team, elevated our play in the second half.''

Fatu knocked the ball out of Ross Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13. Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

''It's hard to win when you keep giving the other team the ball,'' Bowers said.

Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns but also had an interception as Cal's defense forced him out of the pocket numerous times.

''I felt a little bit of pressure,'' Darnold said. ''I think it's mostly our fault for not connecting on some of those deep balls and taking advantage of those opportunities when they come our way.''

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season. But there were some issues with two first-half turnovers in Cal territory and a failed fourth-down run in the third quarter that prevented USC from pulling away earlier.

CALIFORNIA: A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone when he lost it in the sun and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13. Bowers struggled after that, finishing 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

SECOND-HALF SWING: Cal was on the other side of a big second half this game. After overcoming halftime deficits to win the first three games and outscoring the opposition 57-13, the Bears were outscored 17-7 in the second half with their only TD coming late after the game had been decided. The fourth quarter has been a strength for the Trojans, who have outscored their opponents 62-31 in the final quarter.

TRUSTED KICKER: After kicking the game-tying field goal on the final play of regulation and the game-winner in double overtime last week against Texas, walk-on McGrath made three more against Cal from 37, 34 and 46 yards.

''You're starting to gain confidence as a coach and you can see his confidence just beaming right now,'' Helton said.

FOURTH DOWNS: Cal was aggressive on fourth downs, converting two tries on its first touchdown drive and then another one in the third quarter that made the Bears 9 for 10 on the season at that point. But Wilcox then tried a fourth-and-4 from the USC 42 late in the third quarter that was stopped on an incomplete pass. USC used the short field to drive for the go-ahead field goal and didn't look back.

''We felt like we had a good play. Obviously, we didn't execute it,'' Wilcox said. ''We were playing to win, that was the reason we went for it there.''

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:53
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
30
20
Touchdown 1:53
3-R.Bowers complete to 15-J.Veasy. 15-J.Veasy runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
52
yds
01:46
pos
30
19
Point After TD 10:56
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
30
13
Touchdown 10:56
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
33
yds
01:49
pos
29
13
Point After TD 13:11
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
13
Touchdown 13:11
7-S.Carr runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
3
yds
00:42
pos
22
13
Field Goal 14:11
40-C.McGrath 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
14
yds
4:23
pos
16
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
9-M.Anderson 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
1
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
13
13
Field Goal 2:05
40-C.McGrath 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
35
yds
2:19
pos
13
10
Point After TD 12:20
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 12:20
14-S.Darnold complete to 82-T.Petite. 82-T.Petite runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
74
yds
02:05
pos
9
10
Point After TD 14:31
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 14:31
23-V.Enwere runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
65
yds
04:07
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:44
40-C.McGrath 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
19
yds
2:04
pos
3
3
Field Goal 10:50
9-M.Anderson 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
43
yds
2:48
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 20
Rushing 8 9
Passing 14 10
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 6-15 6-19
4th Down Conv 0-2 4-6
Total Net Yards 351 400
Total Plays 76 85
Avg Gain 4.6 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 133 112
Rush Attempts 38 33
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 3.4
Net Yards Passing 218 288
Comp. - Att. 26-38 22-52
Yards Per Pass 5.7 5.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 2-15
Penalties - Yards 1--5 4-28
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 5
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 4
Punts - Avg 3-42.0 2-43.5
Return Yards 139 127
Punts - Returns 1-13 1-2
Kickoffs - Returns 2-55 4-112
Int. - Returns 4-71 1-13
Kicking 6/6 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
5 USC 4-0 31001730
California 3-1 3100720
218 PASS YDS 288
133 RUSH YDS 112
351 TOTAL YDS 400
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 223 2 1 129.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.1% 1225 9 7 148.4
S. Darnold 26/38 223 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 82 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 298 3
S. Carr 20 82 1 13
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 41 0
A. Ware 8 20 0 11
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 88 0
V. Malepeai 4 17 0 9
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 0 1
S. Darnold 2 14 0 19
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 76 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 462 5
D. Burnett 9 76 1 19
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 130 0
S. Carr 6 47 0 15
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 46 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 126 1
T. Petite 4 46 1 16
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 65 0
T. Vaughns 3 32 0 14
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 68 0
J. Greene 2 12 0 8
E. Krommenhoek 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
E. Krommenhoek 1 7 0 7
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
A. Ware 1 3 0 3
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
V. Jones Jr. 0 0 0 0
I. Pola-Mao 6 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
I. Pola-Mao 0 0 0 0
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Pittman Jr. 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 2 0.0
M. Tell III 11-1 0.0 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
Ca. Smith 6-6 0.0 0
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Houston Jr. 5-1 0.0 0
C. Hawkins 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
C. Hawkins 5-0 0.0 1
M. Lopes 37 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Lopes 4-0 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Green 4-1 0.0 0
I. Marshall 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
I. Marshall 3-1 0.0 0
J. Fatu 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
J. Fatu 3-1 1.0 0
Y. Ross 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
Y. Ross 3-0 0.0 1
I. Langley 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Langley 2-0 0.0 0
C. Rector 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
C. Rector 2-0 2.0 0
C. Pollard 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Pollard 1-0 0.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
U. Nwosu 1-3 0.0 0
J. Cook 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Cook 1-0 0.0 0
O. Betiku Jr. 99 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
O. Betiku Jr. 0-1 0.0 0
M. Dorton 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Dorton 0-1 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
Ja. Jones 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/6 19/19
C. McGrath 3/3 46 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 44.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 47.2 0
R. Budrovich 2 44.0 0 49
C. Tilbey 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 38.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 38.0 0
C. Tilbey 1 38.0 0 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.5 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 29.1 29 0
V. Jones Jr. 2 27.5 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 7.0 13 0
A. Harris 1 13.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44% 303 1 4 85.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 1102 6 8 114.3
R. Bowers 22/50 303 1 4
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
V. Wharton III 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 82 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 360 4
P. Laird 15 82 0 20
V. Enwere 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 160 2
V. Enwere 8 44 1 23
D. Clark 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
D. Clark 2 7 0 6
M. McMorris 99 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
M. McMorris 2 4 0 4
Z. Echols 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -4 0
Z. Echols 3 -4 0 7
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 -36 0
R. Bowers 3 -21 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Noa 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 110 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 247 0
K. Noa 6 110 0 38
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 86 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 345 2
V. Wharton III 6 86 0 25
J. Veasy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 56 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 139 2
J. Veasy 4 56 1 16
Je. Hawkins 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
Je. Hawkins 1 29 0 29
J. Duncan 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 38 1
J. Duncan 2 18 0 13
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 98 1
P. Laird 3 4 0 5
M. Stovall 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Stovall 0 0 0 0
M. McMorris 99 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
M. McMorris 0 0 0 0
G. Reinwald 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 0
G. Reinwald 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Downs 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 2 0.0
D. Downs 11-3 0.0 0
R. Davison 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
R. Davison 7-0 0.0 0
Ja. Hawkins 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
Ja. Hawkins 5-1 0.0 0
A. Funches 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
A. Funches 5-0 1.0 0
Q. Tartabull 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
Q. Tartabull 4-3 0.0 0
J. Looney 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Looney 4-0 0.0 0
E. Hicks 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Hicks 4-0 0.0 0
C. Bynum 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
C. Bynum 4-2 0.0 0
C. Goode 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
C. Goode 4-2 0.0 0
E. Weaver 89 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Weaver 3-1 0.0 0
D. Brown 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
D. Brown 2-2 0.0 0
L. Bequette 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
L. Bequette 2-2 0.0 0
D. Allensworth 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Allensworth 1-0 0.0 0
M. Psalms 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Psalms 1-0 0.0 0
G. Brown 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
G. Brown 1-1 0.0 0
J. Drayden 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
J. Drayden 0-2 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Anderson 9 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/10 13/14
M. Anderson 2/3 36 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Klumph 42 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 45.4 0
D. Klumph 2 43.5 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Davis 27 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 28.0 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 21.2 40 0
A. Davis 4 28.0 40 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
V. Wharton III 1 2.0 2 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 1:18 3 -2 Punt
10:46 USC 29 3:06 9 37 Downs
6:46 CAL 38 2:02 5 19 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:25 USC 26 2:05 8 74 TD
10:17 CAL 42 0:00 1 1 Fumble
9:04 USC 25 3:10 8 -12 INT
4:53 USC 49 2:48 8 35 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:41 USC 20 2:55 8 50 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:01 USC 42 2:26 9 30 FG
13:53 CAL 3 0:42 2 3 TD
12:45 CAL 33 1:49 6 33 TD
9:09 USC 25 2:39 6 14 Punt
5:24 USC 15 1:34 3 0 Punt
1:53 CAL 45 1:18 3 -3 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 CAL 38 2:44 9 43 FG
7:33 CAL 34 0:39 3 28 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:30 CAL 40 4:07 13 60 TD
12:20 CAL 35 1:55 5 23 Fumble
10:11 CAL 41 0:53 3 -4 Punt
5:41 CAL 13 0:41 3 2 Punt
1:59 CAL 25 1:57 9 71 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 CAL 29 6:08 15 59 FG Miss
5:42 CAL 30 2:36 6 28 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 CAL 9 0:00 1 -6 Fumble
13:11 CAL 25 0:06 3 0 INT
10:50 CAL 25 1:32 6 31 INT
6:22 CAL 23 0:49 6 47 INT
3:39 USC 47 1:46 9 52 TD