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After UCLA went three-and-out, C.J. Gable fumbled on USC's first scrimmage play and Korey Bosworth recovered at the Trojans' 20. Two running plays lost a yard before Dominique Johnson threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bell, giving the Bruins their early lead. Craft tossed a backward pass to Johnson before the sophomore wide receiver was successful on the first pass of his career.
USC quickly moved into UCLA territory on a 20-yard pass from Sanchez to Patrick Turner and a roughing the passer penalty, but David Buehler was wide right on a 41-yard field goal, the first of three misses for a kicker who went 8-of-9 in the first 11 games of the season.
The Trojans tied the game on their third possession, scoring on a 12-yard run by McKnight two plays after Sanchez threw an 8-yard pass to Anthony McCoy on fourth-and-4 from the UCLA 35.
That was just the beginning for USC.
Sanchez threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Damian Williams before the first quarter was over, capping a four-play drive in which Sanchez passed for all 60 yards on three completions against the country's second-best pass defense.
Gerald Washington then blocked Aaron Perez's punt, and the Trojans moved to the UCLA 34 before Michael Norris made a leaping interception at the Bruins' 11.
Helped by a roughing the kicker penalty against David Carter, the Trojans moved 70 yards on 16 plays for a 21-7 lead, scoring on a 2-yard run by Stafon Johnson with 1:55 left before halftime.
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