BERKELEY — The Cal protection continued to defy expectations Saturday till six turnovers by quarterback Ross Bowers and a pricey roll of the cube by coach Justin Wilcox flipped the script in a 30-20 loss to No. 5 USC.
The Bears and Trojans have been tied at thirteen-all with three minutes left within the third quarter when Wilcox stored his offense on the sector for a fourth-and-four play from the Cal forty two.
The Bears had transformed all three of their earlier fourth-down tries and have been 9 for 10 on the yr. This time, Bowers threw incomplete to Melquise Stovall, who was seeing his first motion of the season, and USC took over.
Seven minutes and 17 unanswered factors later, the Trojans have been properly on their option to a 14th straight win over Cal in entrance of forty six,747 followers at Memorial Stadium.
Cal (three-1, zero-1 Pac-12) has not crushed the Trojans (four-zero, 2-zero) since a triple-extra time victory again in 2003. The Bears at the moment are three-28-1 all-time towards USC groups ranked within the prime-10 of the AP Prime-25.
The Trojans settled for a forty six-yard, go-forward area objective by Casey McGrath after taking up on downs.
However on Cal’s subsequent play, Bowers fumbled beneath a heavy rush and the Trojans took over on the 2. Stephen Carr’s 2-yard run gave the Trojans 10 factors in a span of forty nine seconds and made it 23-thirteen.
It solely received worse. Bowers, who usually performed fairly properly throughout Cal’s three-zero begin, was intercepted on a deep cross by Ykili Ross, who returned the ball forty nine yards to the Bears’ 33. Six performs later, Sam Darnold threw an eight-yard TD cross to Deontay Burnett and the Trojans have been up 17 factors with 10:fifty six left.
Bowers accomplished 22 of fifty passes for 303 yards, however had 4 interceptions and two misplaced fumbles. He threw an eight-yard TD cross to Jordan Veasy with 1:fifty three left to finish the scoring.
The Cal protection, which held its two earlier opponents scoreless within the second half, generated two extra takeaways, growing its season complete to eleven. And, after giving up 14 performs of no less than 20 yards of their first three video games, the Bears didn’t permit one all day.
USC, profitable for the thirteenth straight time over two seasons, was held to fewer than four hundred yards (359) for the primary time in 14 outings.
Darnold, considered probably a No. 1 decide in subsequent yr’s NFL draft, was 26 of 38 for 223 yards, throwing principally intermediate passes. He had two TDs and an interception.
Cal missed an opportunity to take the lead halfway by way of the third quarter when Bowers’ nicely-thrown move from the 14 went by means of the arms of Patrick Laird, who was wanting again into the solar as he tried to make the catch whereas crossing into the top zone.
Three performs later, Matt Anderson missed to the left on a 29-yard area objective try.
Anderson’s second subject objective of the sport, a 21-yarder, tied the rating at thirteen-all on the ultimate play of the primary half.
* Cal gamers who sat out with accidents: WR Demetris Robertson, OG Valentino Daltoso and OLB Cameron Saffle. USC held out RB Ronald Jones, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and OLB Porter Gustin.