Last night’s battle for the Victory Battle was probably one to forget, at least for USC. UCLA came to play, and it showed. The game was close for most of the time, but with the first turnover in the game coming late in the second half, courtesy of USC. The Trojans comeback fell apart, falling to a Bruins team that wanted to keep the Bell on their campus.
In the last 14 years of this historic rivalry, UCLA has only won the Bell three times — 2006, 2012 and now 2013. These last two victory are the biggest for UCLA though, as they still try to prove that they are the best team in Los Angeles. USC still leads the series 44-30-7, but the Bruins are still loaded with talent for years to come, especially in their current quarterback, Brett Hundley.
Hundley was nothing but stellar last night, throwing for 208 yards and rushing for two TDs. Also, the Bruins had NO turnovers of any kind, while to defensive players also got to run in some touchdowns as well. So what does this victory mean in BCS terms?
Honestly, the only thing that was at stake was pride and bragging rights. Both teams were ranked so low that whoever lost would probably drop out, so say goodbye to USC. UCLA will move up a little, but not much. With the Pac-12 Championship game already set, this game was all about who gets the last laugh.
Ultimately, UCLA came out to make a statement last night. They proved they’re the best team in LA, putting an end to USC’s five-game winning streak. So keep ring that Victory Bell Bruins Nation, you earned it in the form of a dominating 35-14 win.