(Thursday, October 13th)
Final Score: Southern California 30, California 9
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barkley threw two touchdown passes to lift Southern California to a 30-9 win over California in Pac-12 play.
Barkley went 19-for-35 with 195 yards while Curtis McNeal had 86 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for the Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who have won two straight.
"I played alright," Barkley said about his performance. "Not enough good enough to win big games, but there's always something to improve on."
Zach Maynard was 25-for-43 with 294 yards and three interceptions and ran for the lone touchdown for the Golden Bears (3-3, 0-3), who have dropped their past three games.
A sack and fumble from Maynard saw USC recover the ball at the California 30 and the Trojans used the good field position to grab a 3-0 lead on a 39-yard field goal from Andre Heidari with six minutes to play in the first quarter.
The score stayed that way until the second when a six-play, 80-yard drive from the Trojans was capped on a 39-yard touchdown catch from Marqise Lee, giving the team a 10-0 lead.
Maynard was intercepted on the second play of California's ensuing touch and Heidari booted a 29-yard field goal for a 13-0 advantage with 5:13 left in the half.
Following a failed fake punt from California, USC again took advantage of a short field as Barkley and Brandon Carswell hooked up for a seven-yard score and a 20-0 lead.
USC started the second half with the ball and went on a 15-play, 66-yard drive that ate up almost seven minutes of time and saw Heidari cap the drive with a 23-yard field goal for a 23-0 advantage.
California finally got on the board on its next touch as Giorgio Tavecchio hit a 27-yard field goal with 4:07 to play in the third.
The Golden Bears held USC to a three-and-out, and Maynard capped the six-play, 55-yard drive with a three-yard run into the end zone. The extra point was blocked and it was a 23-9 game heading to the fourth.
However, Maynard was again picked off deep in California territory and USC sealed the win with a two-yard score from McNeal with 5:14 to play.
"Mistakes, turnovers, you can't beat a good football team like USC when you turn the ball over five times," California head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We just need to trust our fundamentals and get back to work."
10/14 02:51:07 ET