No. 13 USC Bounces Back Against Cal

No. 13 USC hosted California on Saturday in the L.A. Coliseum. The Trojans bounced back after their loss at Stanford to defeat Cal 27-9.

It was not the stylish performance USC Coach Lane Kiffin says he'd like to deliver in Los Angeles, but it does count as a win, which is all the Trojans needed on Saturday night.

Tailbacks Curtis McNeal and Silas Redd both rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season as USC defeated Cal 27-9.

"It's more fun to have a 50-0 game," Kiffin said following the win, "but that doesn't happen every week."

"From the first play we were full force and we didn't take our foot off the pedal," said Redd, who finished with 21 carries for 158 yards. "We bounced back this week and I couldn't be more happy."

Quarterback Matt Barkley, who failed to throw a touchdown pass at Stanford, started to gain back his rhythm against the Bears, find receiver Marqise Lee in the end zone twice. Lee finished with 11 catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think it's great how we bounced back," Barkley said. "We were able to shut out the noise and distractions from what people were saying." Barkley finished the night 22-of-34 for 192, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. "I'm not looking every week to get stats and have a flashy game," he said. "I'm happy with how the offense performed."

It was the Trojans' defense making the most noise on Saturday as the unit piled up seven sacks and two interceptions. "We didn't let up," said safety T.J. McDonald who picked off Cal quarterback Zach Maynard in the third quarter for his first interception of the season, as the Bears neared the goal line.

"I think this game was won at the line of scrimmage," Kiffin said. USC held Cal to just 77-yards rushing. "That is an explosive offense, and at the end of the day, we won it up front."

Junior defensive end Morgan Breslin continues to be the surprise-standout player of the season for the Trojans, though it's probably more accurate to say his outstanding performances are no longer unexpected. Breslin recorded six tackles and three sacks for USC's defense.

No. 13 USC improves to 3-1 on the season as California falls to 1-3. This was the ninth straight victory for the Trojans over the Bears, who now lead the 100 game series 65-30-5.

USC now has a bye week before traveling to Utah the following week for Thursday night football.

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