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UCLA 35, USC 14

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LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins rivalry appears to have shifted.

After being dominated by theTrojans for years, the No. 22 Bruins handled them 35-14 Saturday at the Coliseum to win their second straight in series that has spanned 83 games.

UCLA is now 2-0 against their cross-town rivals under Jim Mora, and redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley notched his second win over the No. 23 Trojans in as many tries.

Hundley scored two running touchdowns -- including a back-breaking 5-yard end around to put the Bruins up 28-14 with 3:18 remaining in the fourth quarter -- and orchestrated five scoring drives as UCLA bounced back from a devastating loss to Arizona State last week to pick off their long-time rival.

Meanwhile, the Bruins (9-3, 6-3) limited the Trojans (9-4, 6-3) to just 158 yards passing and single touchdowns in two halves to win going away.

Hundley completed 18 of 27 passes for 208 yards and ran for 80 yards on 13 carries to lead the Bruins in both categories.

In addition, he guided the Bruins on two second-hold touchdown drives after the Trojans pulled within 21-14 -- first running on his 5-yard score and then driving UCLA 38 yards in four plays, with Paul Perkins running it in from eight yards to make it 35-14.

Hundley gave UCLA a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter on a 12-yard run, but the Trojans came right back on a seven-play, 80-yard drive in which Kessler hit Xavier Grimble on a 22-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-14.

But Hundley took over from there, and UCLA was on its way to its second straight win over USC.

The Bruins drove 52 yards for their first touchdown -- the field position set up by Trojans' punter Kris Albarado's 15-yard punt -- with Myles Jack punching it in from three yards out to put UCLA up 7-0.

The Bruins added another touchdown with 12:36 remaining in the second quarter when freshman defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes rumbled in from one-yard out to cap an eight play, 80-yard drive to make it 14-0.

USC answered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive to draw to within 14-7 on an 11-yard run by Javorius Allen.

The Bruins were in position to add to their lead late in the first half, driving to the USC 12-yard-line, but on fourth and one UCLA opted to go for it rather than kick the field goal but Jack was thrown for a 1-yard loss and the Trojans took over on downs.

Hundley completed 9 of 14 passes for 11 yards and rushed for 34 more on six carries.

Allen had 66 yards on 11 carries for USC, but the Trojans managed just 34 yards passing.

NOTES: UCLA freshman Myles Jack, who played exclusively at running back last week after playing linebacker and running back the previous two weeks, was back at linebacker Saturday but also got time in the backfield. Jack scored UCLA's first touchdown on a 3-yard run. ... USC C Marcus Martin left the game on the Trojans third offensive play with a left leg injury. He was replaced by sixth-year senior Abe Markowitz, who is now a walk-on. ... USC interim coach Ed Orgeron, who has led the Trojans to a 6-1 record after taking over for the fired Lane Kiffin, is a semifinalist for the National Coach of the Year award. ... UCLA freshman OT Caleb Benenoch was ejected from the game in the first quarter when he was assessed a post-play striking penalty after punching USC LB J.R. Tavai.
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