Saturday, December 4, 2010
By Pedro Moura
Not a great game for Matt Barkley, who looked healthy enough to return to action but was clearly missing something on the Rose Bowl field Saturday night. He threw two picks, only one touchdown and completed less than 60 percent of his passes.
Allen Bradford got one final chance to shine in a USC uniform and did just that, averaging seven yards a carry and really running the ball down UCLA's throats in the second half. Where was this earlier? Bradford had more carries tonight than the previous six games.
BIN THE TRENCHES
The defensive line put together a great pass-rushing night, with a couple sacks by Armond Armstead and consistent pressure on Richard Brehaut, but Johnathan Franklin often appeared to run right through the front four. The offensive line had a respectable game.
Most of the credit for this grade goes to Nickell Robey and Malcolm Smith, who combined to produce all three of UCLA's turnovers. UCLA's final touchdown was scored after the result of the game had essentially been determined.
Not this unit's finest performance, with a horrific fourth-down fake punt attempt in the first half and nothing doing in the return game. But Jacob Harfman had one of his better days punting the ball, and USC was in fine field position more times than not.
Lane Kiffin clearly had his players motivated. After Bradford's touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were jumping around on the sideline and making quite a bit of noise. Play-calling was again questionable at times -- but when hasn't it been?