Trojans Take Their Turn Pounding Cal

Chris Howard ran for two touchdowns and Carson Palmer threw for 235 yards as Southern California handed California its 12th straight loss, beating the Golden Bears 55-14 on Saturday.

USC (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10) scored 35 straight points after a game-opening scoring drive by Cal (0-9, 0-7). Troy Polamalu had a 58-yard interception return for a TD, and kicker David Davis scored on a fake field goal early in the third quarter.

The Trojans capped a humiliating afternoon for the Golden Bears and head coach Tom Holmoe, who announced last week he will resign at season's end, with linebacker John Cousins' 89-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 22 seconds to play.

The win was USC's fourth in its last five games and kept its bowl hopes alive. If the Trojans beat UCLA in next Saturday's regular season finale, USC will be eligible for the postseason.

1234 FINAL
USC 7211017=55
CAL 7070=14

CAL-Boller 5-yd run (Jensen kick), 12:03 1st
USC-Howard 25-yd run (Davis kick), 2:04 1st
USC-Kelly 5-yd pass from Palmer (Davis kick), 14:15 2nd
USC-Polamalu 58-yd interception return (Davis kick), 10:01 2nd
USC-Howard 15-yd run (Davis kick), 3:39 2nd
USC-Davis 3-yd run (Davis kick), 12:17 3rd
CAL-Arnold 8-yd pass from Robertson (Jensen kick), 5:23 3rd
USC-Davis 33-yd FG, 0:31 3rd
USC-Davis 26-yd FG, 11:37 4th
USC-Reese 15-yd run (Davis kick), 5:45 4th
USC-Cousins 89-yd fumble return (Davis kick), 0:22 4th

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INDIVIDUAL STATS
RUSHING

USC - Howard 8-61, Palmer 8-45, Reese 6-25, Kelly 2-23, Cassel 1-20, Byrd 9-19, Pierson 4-11, Strong 5-6, Davis 1-3, Dickerson 1-2, Team 2-(-2).
CAL - T.Williams 14-63, Fields 1-18, Ward 1-7, Sparks 1-(-1), Boller 10-(-5), Robertson 5-(-6), Holtfreter 2-(-8).
PASSING
USC - Palmer 19-37-0-235.
CAL - Boller 6-15-2-92, Holtfreter 4-7-1-45, Robertson 3-3-0-18, Ward 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING
USC - Kelly 4-88, Pitts 4-32, Hale 3-61, Landrigan 2-10, Dickerson 2-9, Cassel 1-12, Colbert 1-11, Holmes 1-7, Fletcher 1-5.
CAL - Arnold 4-36, Toler 3-36, Ward 2-62, Fields 2-12, T.Williams 1-5, Swafford 1-4.
Attendence: 33,506


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