LOS ANGELES—The USC Trojans beat the California Golden Bears 24-45 on Thursday, October 27.
The Trojans were led by quarterback Sam Darnold, who completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for five touchdowns and 231 yards. Donald also led the team in turnovers, fumbling the ball twice and giving up an interception to Cal’s Luke Rubenzer.
Running Back Ronald Jones II rushed for 223 yards and scored one touchdown in the win. Wide Receiver Darreus Rogers caught six passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
The Trojans offense was simply too much for the Golden Bears to handle, setting a season record for most yards in a half (451) for the Pac-12. Cal Head Coach Sonny Dykes was critical of the team in the loss.
“We’ve got to tackle better. It’s up to us to teach our guys how to tackle. If we don’t play well, that means we didn’t coach well,” said Dykes.
Cal quarterback Davis Webb passed for 333 yards while completing 34 of 53 passes with one interception and two touchdowns. Wide Receiver Demetris Robertson led the Golden Bears in receiving with nine receptions for 92 yards.
USC has now won four games in a row on their way to a 5-3 record. The Trojans will face Oregon in their next game on Saturday, November 5.