USC beats UCLA in Division Rivalry Game

Every year, the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins meet up for a divisional matchup that could impact the Pac-12 Conference. This year's matchup was more of the same.

On Saturday night, Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 264 passing yards and ran in for another touchdown as the Trojans were able to come away with a 28-23 victory over the Bruins. This marks the fourth straight victory for the team, who is also ranked as the number twelve college football team in the country.

The game itself was riddled with several spectacular performances by players on both sides of the field. Running back Ronald Jones III ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on the night, while Michael Pittman, Jr. had a punt return of 72 yards and ran that in for a score during a trick play early in the game. On the other side of the field, quarterback Josh Rosen threw for a whopping 421 yards and three touchdowns to Jordan Lasley. The Bruins now sit at a 5-6 record for the year, while the Trojans have completed the season with a 10-2 record, leading to them being the champions of the South Division for the Pac-12.

The week before, USC had already secured their spot as division winners and a shot at the conference title with a win in Colorado. Despite this, the team managed to end the season on a high note as they notched their 16th straight victory at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. All that's left now is to see which team will win the Northern Division of the conference.

Both Darnold and Rosen are touted as being high-draft picks for the NFL, and the game was sure to have dozens of NFL scouts looking at both players. The strange thing about this is the game was the first meeting of both quarterbacks, and could also be their last. Neither quarterback has played against each other previously because Darnold was playing as a redshirt back in 2015 and Rosen suffered a shoulder injury just last year. Combined with the draft this upcoming April and it is very likely that both players will be in the pros the next time they play against each other.

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