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David Buehler kicked a 27-yard field goal to give USC an early 3-0 lead.
The Bears moved 63 yards on 12 plays to set up Giorgio Tavecchio's 35-yard field goal, tying the game at 3. Interceptions by USC's Kevin Thomas and Taylor Mays in Trojans' territory were wiped out, the first on a roughing the passer penalty against Brian Cushing, the second when Kaluka Maiava committed pass interference.
USC responded by going 70 yards on six plays, scoring on Patrick Turner's diving catch of a 19-yard pass from Sanchez to give the Trojans a 10-3 lead, and that's how it stood at halftime. Replays appeared to show the pass to Turner touching the ground, but it was not reviewed.
Sanchez threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Ronald Johnson with 2:59 remaining, capping a 73-yard, 13-play drive and clinching the victory.
The Bears moved into USC territory three times in the third quarter, but came up empty.
First, they appeared to tie the game early in the period, but Riley's 27-yard touchdown pass to Shane Vereen was nullified because of an illegal receiver downfield. Shortly thereafter, on a second-and-5 play from the 10, Riley's pass was tipped by Will Harris and intercepted by Josh Pinkard in the end zone.
The Bears then forced a punt, and Syd'Quan Thompson's 21-yard return gave them the ball at the USC 36, but a sack by Thomas and two incompletions ended that threat.
Finally, Cal moved to the Trojans' 30 before an illegal procedure penalty and an incompletion forced a punt.
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