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USC 45 - Cal 7: Cal Scores First Touchdown Against USC Since 2007

When the only positive is that you scored a touchdown against an opposing team for the first time since 2007, well things aren’t going well. After three quarters, Cal trails USC 45-7. After a dominant first half, USC has taken the foot off the gas a little bit as this game is well in hand.

The Trojans fumbled on their second half opening possession but the Cal offense couldn’t get anything going and ended up punting from their own 44. USC then marched down the field before settling for a field goal. USC had first and goal at the 1 yard line but a timely penalty and decent Cal defense held the Trojans to 3. After a USC unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the ensuing kickoff, Cal went 56 yards on four plays and a false start to finally get on the board. Kevin Riley completed a short pass to Shane Vereen, which Vereen turned into a 31-yard touchdown.

Head on over to California Golden Blogs for the fourth quarter discussion.