Cal Falls to USC, 30-9
Oct. 14, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trojans kept Cal off the scoreboard until late in the third quarter, and the Bears struggled with turnovers in their eighth straight loss in the series against USC, 30-9, on Thursday night.
Zach Maynard committed four of Cal's five turnovers, and the Bears dropped their sixth straight conference game dating back to last season.
Maynard threw for 294 yards and ran for a touchdown and his half-brother, Keenan Allen, had a career-high 13 catches for 160 yards but it wasn't enough to overcome the litany of mistakes.
Cal was behind 23-0 early in the third quarter before the offense finally got going, with Maynard leading the Bears to a 27-yard Giorgio Tavecchio field goal and then scoring on a 3-yard run with 6 seconds left in the third to cut it to 23-9.
But Maynard's third interception midway through the fourth quarter led to Curtis McNeal's 2-yard touchdown run that made it 30-9 with 5:14 remaining.
The Bears turned the ball over four times in the first half and failed to convert a fake punt as they fell behind 20-0 at the break.
Cal's defense did a decent job defending Barkley and the Trojans' high-powered offense but USC took advantage of short fields for its scores.
Allen fumbled on Cal's fourth play from scrimmage to set the tone for the game, but the Bears survived that miscue thanks to an odd play call by USC coach Lane Kiffin.
On fourth-and-goal from the 8, the Trojans lined up in an off formation and snapped the ball diagonally to Rhett Ellison, who dropped it for a fumble that was recovered by Cal's Trevor Guyton.
The Trojans capitalized on the next turnover as Nick Perry forced a fumble by Maynard that led to Andre Heidari's first field goal.
USC then broke the game open with 17 points in the second quarter, getting a 39-yard TD catch from Lee over fellow freshman Stefan McClure, a field goal after Chris Galippo intercepted Maynard's pass deep in Cal territory and a 7-yard TD pass from Barkley to Brandon Carswell after punter Bryan Anger was stopped on a fake that made it 20-0.
Barkley completed 19 of 35 passes for a season-low 195 yards. Robert Woods, the nation's top receiver, was held to five catches for 36 yards.
Cal's only sustained drive of the first half ended in the final minute when Maynard threw into triple coverage and was intercepted in the end zone by Dion Bailey.