Game Notes: USC-UCLA

For the second consecutive season, USC linebacker Malcolm Smith found the end zone against the Bruins.

Malcolm in the Middle
Steve Smith had a celebrated career with USC.

The wide receiver won two national championships, played for a third and was part of one of college football's great dynasties.

His little brother, senior linebacker Malcolm Smith, one-upped him. He scored a touchdown against UCLA, something Steve never did.

Actually he did it twice.

For the second consecutive season, Smith found the end zone against the Bruins, this time returning a fumble 68 yards, allowing the lethargic Trojans to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

Last year, the former Woodland Hills Taft star intercepted a Kevin Prince pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.

In his last game playing for USC, Smith had nine tackles, 1.5 for loss and recovered a second fumble.

"We just wanted to go out as a team, as seniors and just win this game for ourselves," Smith said. "We've been through a lot as players, this unit, this group of guys with coaching changes and sanctions and everything you could imagine. It's been tough on us but we've grown from it and I'm glad we could all do this together."

Decision Day
While the seniors knew their careers would end in the Rose Bowl, two prominent USC juniors, offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, must now decide if their time as Trojans is also at an end.

Casey and Smith are both regarded as possible first-round selections if they decide to forgo their final seasons of eligibility.

Smith had a key block on Allen Bradford's 47-yard touchdown reception against the Bruins. Casey had two tackles and one for loss.

Smith said he would make his decision by the end of next week, while Casey did not have a timetable.

Both Casey and Smith said they were 50-50 on whether to stay for their senior season or declare for the NFL.

Our House
With Oregon set to play in the BCS championship game, the Trojans will hold the distinction of being the last Pac-10 team to win in the Rose Bowl.

USC defeated Penn State in the 2009 Rose Bowl and beat UCLA on Saturday night in the last regular season Pac-10 game before Utah and Colorado join the conference next season.

Rare Feat
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 109 yards, with 104 and a touchdown coming in the first half. The redshirt sophomore became the first Bruin to top 100 yards rushing against the Trojans since Deshaun Foster ran for 109 yards in 1998.

Injury Report
Safety T.J. McDonald and corner Torin Harris did not dress because of shoulder injuries.

McDonald said he would need six weeks to fully recover, while Harris needs offseason surgery to repair his injury.

UCLA middle linebacker Jordan Zumwalt suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return.


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