Bruins unseat Trojans as No. 1 team in LA

UCLA 38, USC 28

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Lane Kiffin already knew he would return to Southern California next season before his Trojans lost for the third time in their past four games.

Only Kiffin now coaches in a city where his Trojans are no longer on top.

Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more touchdowns Saturday as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 21 USC, 38-28, clinching the Pac-12 South title and emphatically snapping a five-game losing streak in the crosstown showdown.

Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception for the Bruins (9-2, 6-2), 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, in a game that led to a coaching change in Westwood, UCLA punctuated its one-year revitalization under coach Jim Mora with its first win against the Trojans (7-4, 5-4) since 2006 and just their second in the past 14 years.

The football hierarchy in Los Angeles has flipped -- and even Kiffin acknowledged it.

"I can't argue that," said Kiffin, who has been assured he will return by athletic director Pat Haden. "When you lose the game, you can't argue. That's why they play the games, so congrats to them. Obviously, we're not thrilled about it, but we're going to get it fixed."

Matt Barkley passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions and took a hard hit from Anthony Barr late in the game. USC was the preseason No. 1 team, but will return to the postseason in a lower-tier bowl after its regular-season finale next week against Notre Dame.

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns for UCLA, including a clutch 29-yard scoring run with 4:02 to play after USC trimmed its deficit to three points.

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