In the annual crosstown rivalry, UCLA headed to the Coliseum to take on Southern Cal. At the half the score is UCLA 14, Southern Cal 7.
There were some extra curricular activities during warm-ups, as is to be expected, and the game started with the same level of intensity.
UCLA went three-and-out, giving up a sack no second down and punted away to the Trojans, who responded with their own 3-and-out, ending with a drop from Marqise Lee and some pushing and shoving between the two squads after a push by Myles Jack (playing defense in this one).
Caleb Benenoch and Ishmael Adams took the extra curricular activity too far and Benenoch was ejected for throwing a punch after the play on UCLA's next drive, another 3-and-out. That drive was answered by another punt by the Trojans (an absolute shank).
UCLA capitalized on the bad field position on the legs of Brett Hundley on several designed QB runs for first downs, with the drive ending on a short TD run by Myles Jack (playing as exclusively as a short yardage running threat on offense) to take a 7-0 lead.
Cassius Marsh ended the Trojans next drive with back-to-back sacks, beating both left and right tackle with a swin move inside and a speed rush outside. Very impressive series by him.
UCLA drove down thanks to big receptions by Paul Perkins and Devin Lucien, the drive ended with another short TD run by Eddie Vanderdoes (yes, our starting DE) to give UCLA a 14-0 lead.
The Trojans scored on their next drive, helped by a pass interference on Brandon Sermons and a couple of poor reads by Eric Kendricks. Javorious Allen scored to make it a 14-7 game.
A big return by Ishmael Adams (his 2nd of the day) gave UCLA great field position again and the Bruins responded with a nice drive, but the "doffense" was stuffed on a 4th and 1 inside the 20 to give the ball back to Southern Cal. The defense stepped up with another 3-and-out and the half closed out at 14-7 UCLA.