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LAist-CS Final Regular Season Rankings: The Slap-and-Tickle Battle of L.A.

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I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: the stabbing in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl or the game itself.

Led by Allen Bradford’s 212 yards of rushing and a 47-yard touchdown catch, the Trojans won the Battle of L.A. 28-14. While that’s all fine and dandy, anyone that watched the third quarter would have wished they were at STAPLES Center watching the Kings beat the Red Wings.

Here’s what happened in the third quarter: UCLA Kickoff; USC punt; UCLA interception; USC interception; UCLA fumble; USC turnover on downs; UCLA punt; USC interception; UCLA punt; end of quarter. For the crimes committed against football, both teams should have been assessed losses and the Victory Bell should have been shipped to Division III Occidental Tigers.

The Trojans got on the board first in the first quarter when out of the wildcat formation tailback Dillon Baxter threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison. UCLA responded right away when Johnathan Franklin ran for 59 yards for the tying touchdown.

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But the killer happened late in the first half when Franklin fumbled the ball on USC’s 32-yard line by Chris Galippo which was recovered by Malcolm Smith who went 68 yards the other way for the touchdown and the 14-7 lead.