PASADENA, Calif. – When Anthony Barr roared through the line and hit Matt Barkley squarely in the No. 7 on his back, the roar rising out of the Rose Bowl was loud enough for a whole city to hear.
After so many years underneath Southern California, UCLA is on top of Los Angeles and the Pac-12 South, thanks to a first-year head coach and a freshman quarterback who don’t realize they’ve done something that’s not usual.
Well, it is for me, Jim Mora said.
Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-30 passing and rushed for two more scores as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 21 USC 38-28 Saturday, clinching the Pac-12 South title and emphatically snapping a five-game losing streak in their cross-town showdown.
Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception for the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who overcame intermittent second-half rain and USC’s star-studded lineup with a steady effort.
A year after USC obliterated the Bruins 50-0, UCLA punctuated its one-year revitalization under Mora with its first win over the Trojans (7-4, 5-4) since 2006.
No. 4 ALABAMA 49, WESTERN CAROLINA 0: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and AJ McCarron set the Crimson Tide’s single-season record for passing TDs.
No. 5 GEORGIA 45, GA. SOUTHERN 14: In Athens, Ga., Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, and Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in Bulldogs history to rush for 1,000 yards. .
No 7. FLORIDA 23, JACKSONVILLE ST. 0: In Gainesville, Fla., the Gators (10-1) used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
No. 8 LSU 41, MISSISSIPPI 35: In Baton Rouge, La., Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 SEC) over the relentless but mistake-prone Rebels (5-6, 2-5).
No. 9 TEXAS A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON ST. 28: In College Station, Texas, Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and two more scores in a bit more than a half.
Manziel broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri’s Brad Smith in 2002.
No. 10 FLORIDA STATE 41, MARYLAND 14: In College Park, Md., Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and the Seminoles’ top-ranked defense lived up to its billing to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
No. 11 CLEMSON 62, NC STATE 48: In Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more scores to lead the Tigers (10-1, 7-1 ACC). The junior was 30 for 44 for 426 yards and ran for 105 yards – the combined 531 yards set a school record.
No. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA 24, WOLFORD 7: In Columbia, S.C., Kenny Miles rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks (9-2), who gave Steve Spurrier his 64th win in eight seasons with the Gamecocks, tying him with Rex Enright for most in program history.
No. 13 OKLAHOMA 50, WEST VIRGINIA 49: In Morgantown, W.Va., Landry Jones threw six touchdown passes, including a 5-yarder to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left, to lift Oklahoma.
UTAH STATE 48, No. 19 LOUISIANA TECH 41, OT: In Ruston, La., Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies (9-2, 5-0), who clinched a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship.
No. 22 RUTGERS 10, CINCINNATI 3: In Cincinnati, Savon Huggins ran for a career-high 179 yards, and the Scarlet Knights (9-1, 5-0) remained the only undefeated team in the Big East.
OKLAHOMA ST. 59, No. 23 TEXAS TECH 21: In Stillwater, Okla., Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes for the Cowboys (7-3, 5-2 Big 12)..