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  • USC

    USC aims for faster starts as schedule shifts to Washington State

    Clay Helton began his weekly teleconference on Sunday evening by acknowledging one of USC’s characteristics of the early season. “You’re very, very happy again when you see a team finishing in the fourth quarter,” said Helton, the Trojans’ coach, “That’s kind of been our hallmark.” The Trojans have either trailed or been tied in the fourth quarter in three of their four games this month, including their 30-20 victory over...

    By Joey Kaufman jkaufman@scng.com @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • UCLA

    What’s next for UCLA football? The Colorado Buffaloes

    UCLA (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (3-1, 0-1) When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Rose Bowl TV/Radio: ESPN2/TBA UCLA update: The miraculous 34-point comeback against Texas A&M is but a distant memory after UCLA’s latest loss to Stanford, a 58-34 drubbing at Stanford Stadium in which the Bruins gave up 405 rushing yards. UCLA is giving up 307.5 rushing yards per game and 6.6 yards a carry. Stanford running back Bryce Love gashed the Bruins with runs of 27, 32,...

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  • UCLA

    UCLA Bruins not pointing fingers after loss to Stanford

    STANFORD >> The four white walls could not shield Jim Mora. The jubilant cheers of Stanford players and fans celebrating their 10th straight victory over UCLA seeped into the head coach’s postgame news conference room as Saturday night turned into Sunday morning at Stanford Stadium. “It’s excruciating,” Mora said as the sounds almost mocked the sixth-year head coach who has yet to beat Stanford in seven tries after Saturday’s 58-34...

    Thuc Nhi Nguyen
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  • USC

    Sam Darnold, USC no strangers to second-half comebacks

    LOS ANGELES >> It has been a recent phenomenon. In three of USC’s past four victories, stretching to last January’s Rose Bowl win, its offense has been forced to overcome late deficits. Against Penn State? The Trojans trailed by 14 points entering the fourth quarter. In this season’s opener against Western Michigan? They fell behind by a touchdown in the third quarter. Last Saturday against Texas? They were down by three points, before...

    By Joey Kaufman jkaufman@scng.com @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

  • USC

    USC finds dependable young receiver ... at tailback

    LOS ANGELES >> There was a lot of extra work going on at USC after Tuesday’s practice. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw passes to a quartet of wide receivers. Offensive coordinator Tee Martin worked with a group of receivers in a corner of the field. One would almost think the Trojans dropped some passes against Texas. “It seemed like they took turns dropping the ball,” Martin said. Three games into the season, the wide receiver situation is...

    Scott Wolf
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  • UCLA

    Struggling Stanford still presents big threat for UCLA football

    LOS ANGELES >> Jim Mora is not fooled by the two-game losing streak or the uncharacteristically porous run defense. The team UCLA faces in its conference opener is still, and will always be, a threat. “They’re still Stanford,” Mora said. “They’re smart, they’re tough, they’re physical, they’re disciplined.” For the first time since 2009, the Bruins and Cardinal will meet as unranked teams on Saturday at 7:30...

    Thuc Nhi Nguyen
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