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UCLA football hangs with USC but can’t overcome self-inflicted wounds

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

LOS ANGELES — Jordan Lasley either didn’t know that he was out of bounds or didn’t care. He was going to fight for the pass anyway. So on a two-point conversion attempt that quarterback Josh Rosen overthrew to the back of the end zone, Lasley elevated and fully extended to reel in the ball. As he came crashing down, he plowed into the padded goal post. A valiant effort all for naught.

UCLA hung with No. 11 USC in its annual rivalry football game on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome its many mistakes in its 28-23 loss. After three straight wins against the Trojans to start Jim Mora’s tenure in Westwood, the Bruins have now lost three straight in the series.

UCLA, a 16-point underdog, kept the game close despite numerous miscues. UCLA missed a field goal and allowed a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown on a trick play. Ajene Harris, USC’s primary punt returner, faked as if the punt was coming to him and called for a fair catch. The Bruins fell for the trick and converged on the redshirt junior cornerback while Michael Pittman fielded the punt on the other side of the field. UCLA didn’t pick up on the ruse until he had already taken off for 10 yards untouched down the USC sideline.

  • UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) against the USC Trojans during the first half of an NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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