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Nelson Agholor, Cody Kessler propel USC to its 11th straight win over California, 38-30

  • Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, right, can't hold on to a pass in the end zone under pressure from California safety Stefan McClure during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, right, can't hold on to a pass in the end zone under pressure from California safety Stefan McClure during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Southern California wide receiver George Farmer, right, makes a touchdown catch as California cornerback Darius White defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Southern California wide receiver George Farmer, right, makes a touchdown catch as California cornerback Darius White defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, right, fends off California safety Michael Lowe during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor, right, fends off California safety Michael Lowe during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Nelson Agholor caught a career-high 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Cody Kessler passed for 371 yards and four scores in Southern California's 38-30 victory over California on Thursday night.

George Farmer and Randall Telfer also caught TD passes for the Trojans (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12), who beat their upstate rivals for the 11th straight time.

Agholor and Kessler shredded Cal's porous pass defense while USC jumped to an early 31-2 lead before holding on to its fourth win in five games.

Jared Goff passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Bears (5-5, 3-5), whose fourth loss in five games prevented them from clinching bowl eligibility. Cal hasn't won at the Coliseum since 2000, and the Bears couldn't overcome their huge early deficit.