USC vs. UCLA score: Live game updates, college football scores, NCAA top 25 highlights today

No. 16 UCLA came up with huge plays on both sides of the ball while jumping out to a 14-0 lead on No. 7 USC after the first quarter of a critical Pac-12 rivalry showdown. The Bruins entered as slight underdogs but frustrated the Trojans in the opening frame by coming up with a huge fourth-down stop and intercepting quarterback Caleb Williams.

Gain Medrano’s interception of Williams set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson to Michael Ezeike on the next play to make it 14-0 — less than a minute after the Bruins capped a 14-play touchdown drive with a Thompson-Robinson scoring run.

The stakes are always high when UCLA and USC meet for their late-season crosstown rivalry, if for no other reason than bragging rights. But the magnitude of this matchup is particularly significant this time as the Trojans and Bruins remain in the Pac-12 title hunt. If USC wins, it will lock up a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game and keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. If UCLA wins, it could find its way to the league title game with a win at California to close the regular season next Friday.

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