BERKELEY — The Cal defense continued to defy expectations Saturday until six turnovers by quarterback Ross Bowers and a costly roll of the dice by coach Justin Wilcox flipped the script in a 30-20 loss to No. 5 USC.
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The Bears and Trojans were tied at 13-all with 3 minutes left in the third quarter when Wilcox kept his offense on the field for a fourth-and-4 play from the Cal 42.
The Bears had converted all three of their previous fourth-down tries and were 9 for 10 on the year. This time, Bowers threw incomplete to Melquise Stovall, who was seeing his first action of the season, and USC took over.
Seven minutes and 17 unanswered points later, the Trojans were well on their way to a 14th straight win over Cal in front of 46,747 fans at Memorial Stadium.
Cal (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) has not beaten the Trojans (4-0, 2-0) since a triple-overtime victory back in 2003. The Bears are now 3-28-1 all-time against USC teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP Top-25.
The Trojans settled for a 46-yard, go-ahead field goal by Casey McGrath after taking over on downs.
But on Cal’s next play, Bowers fumbled under a heavy rush and the Trojans …read more
Source:: The Mercury News