Inside the Numbers: UCLA vs. USC

We go inside the numbers to learn more about the Trojans' loss to crosstown rival UCLA at the Coliseum.

1- The number of conference losses for USC under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Going into their final regular season game of the year, the Trojans had yet to lose to a Pac-12 opponent. It's also the number of games USC has left, bowl games that is, as UCLA's loss to Arizona State last week clinched the Pac-12 South for the Sun Devils.

2- The number of straight years USC has lost to crosstown rival UCLA. In 2012, it was a rainy 38-28 loss at the Rose Bowl and in 2013 it was a lackluster 35-14 loss at the Coliseum. It's also the number of total losses under Orgeron.

"Obviously a disappointing performance by the team," said Orgeron. "I think it was the worst performance we have had since we have started back together. We started off very slow, weren't able to run or pass the ball. We couldn't stop Hundley on the quarterback draw. We didn't play well on special teams. No excuses. We just didn't play well."

3- The number of fumbles from both USC and UCLA at the Coliseum. The first came from the Bruins' Shaq Evans on a punt return, the second on USC's Cody Kessler and third on Javorius Allen. All were recovered by UCLA.

4- The number of games USC tailback Javorius Allen has rushed for over 100 yards. Against UCLA, Allen had 20 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. The only rushing touchdown for the Trojans. Allen's three other 100-yard games came against Oregon State, California and Colorado.

"Buck has been a tremendous story this year and he has turned into a wonderful back for us," said Orgeron on Allen's performance against UCLA. "Buck is a good player. He played decent tonight. No one played well enough to beat a rival team, and that is our responsibility."

5- The number of touchdowns UCLA scored. All five of which came from runs. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had a pair and Paul Perkins, Eddie Vanderdoes and Myles Jack each ran for one as well.

"It's been a while, especially a quarterback running the ball," said Orgeron on if he has played a quarterback that well. "There were some concerns on the quarterback draw. They got us a couple of times. We were prepared, but they got us."

8- The number of games Orgeron has been interim head coach of the USC football program. Coming into the Trojans' match-up with UCLA, Orgeron looked like a front-runner after injecting some fun and a winning streak into the lackluster program. But a loss to the Trojans' two biggest rivals—UCLA and Notre Dame—is causing questioning as to if he deserves the job.

"We just been going one game at a time and I'm sure we just going to continue on as planned and see what happens," said Orgeron on his discussions with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden. "There's been some in and out discussions for what goes on for planning and stuff like that. What's the game plan like and stuff like that, he's been very good to me. Regardless of what situation comes up that's what we're going to do. Things are going to happen in your time that are supposed to happen. I'm just going t keep on working."

20- The number of USC seniors and redshirt juniors who played their last home game at the Coliseum on Saturday. Included in that list are TB John Akiba, DE Michael Arakelian, S John Auran, OLB Morgan Breslin, WR De'Von Flournoy, OT-OG David Garness, OT Kevin Graf, TE-OLB Kevin Greene, CB Torin Harris, TB Alec Jaffe, OLB Devon Kennard, C-OG Abe Markowitz, OG John Martinez, PK Craig McMahon, TB Silas Redd, OLB Marquis Simmons, WR Cody Skene, LB-FB Simione Vehikite, S Demetrius Wright and LB Kyle Yatabe.

40- About the number of recruits who were in attendance for the Crosstown Showdown. This list includes Beaumont (TX) Ozen five-star CB Tony Brown on his official visit to USC, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star offensive lineman Damien Mama and Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive back Adoree Jackson. After the game, Mama—along with a few other recruits—were spotted talking with UCLA players.

"I'm going to eat dinner with my family tonight, wake up tomorrow and go recruiting," said Orgeron in response to if he was worried about the effect the loss to UCLA could have on recruiting. "We have a plan on recruiting and we're going to do what we need to do."

314- The total number of offensive yards by USC against UCLA. The Trojans had a slow start and couldn't build their energy back up throughout the course of the game, ultimately losing 35-14.

"We started fast on defense, but we weren't able to convert that offense," said Orgeron on their slow start. "We didn't move the chains. We felt we got behind a little bit. We played well in spurts, but the sacks really hurt us. The kickoff returns, kicking the ball into the middle of field hurt us. We just weren't very consistent and overall didn't play well."


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