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4-0, 1st in Pac 12 - South
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
1mHeather Dinich

Forget style points; Week 4 was all about survival

Sam Darnold's downfield passing. Oklahoma's pass defense. Michigan's offense. It wasn't pretty for several top-10 teams. How worried should they be about their Week 4 performances?

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Where is USC in FPI? Well the Trojans dropped to No. 16, though their rating stayed about the same. The model has been down on USC since the preseason, and only beating Cal by 10 didn't impress FPI enough to move the Trojans up.

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No. 5 USC pulls away late for 30-20 win over California

Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Kickoff for Washington vs Colorado has been pushed back to 7:12 p.m. PT.

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USC stops turnover-prone Cal (1:11)

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

USC took care of business in a 30-20 win over Cal, a team that was feeling confident after a 3-0 start and had home field advantage against the Trojans. It was an important win for USC's CFP hopes because they have to turn right around and hit the road again on Friday against a talented Washington State team. Don't forget: somebody has to get left out. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson both won. SEC and ACC should both be in if they keep it up. OU is leading Baylor and TCU is still undefeated. Big 12 is still in great shape. PSU is ranked ahead and coming up next. Big Ten has several contenders. The Pac-12 has some serious CFP competition and needs USC to keep it up.

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Miscues and turnovers abundant in USC - Cal game (1:09)
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Sam Darnold reflects on his performance (1:05)
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Head Coach Helton discusses the great second half by USC (0:46)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

As a result of such massive preseason expectations, USC's first four games have to be considered underwhelming. Still, the Trojans are about to go to 4-0 and at this time a year ago, they were sitting at 1-3. Next week is massive: Friday night at Washington State, which will also enter the game undefeated.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Darnold has had to go short today with his passes. He hasn't completed a pass thrown 15 or more yards downfield today (o-for-8 with an interception). But short passes have been his friend. He's 25-of-29 for 222 yards and 2 TDs on passes less than 15 yards through the air. Darnold entered the day completing 41% of his downfield throws with 5 TD this season

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Trojans' Darnold finds Burnett in end zone for TD (0:42)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

After a scoreless 3rd quarter, USC has scored 17 points in little more than 4 minutes. And Trojans RT Chuma Edoga was blowing kisses to the Cal crowd.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Cal QB Ross Bowers threw into — *raises magnifying glass to the replay* — quadruple coverage for the interception and USC DB Yikili Ross returns it 42 yards.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Points off turnovers: USC 10, Cal 0. Points: USC 23, Cal 13.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Darnold right now against Cal's defense: In pocket: 16-of-22 for 140 yards and an INT Outside pocket: 6-of-11 for 58 yards and a TD. He's also 2-for-12 for 25 yards and an INT on throws 10 yards or more through the air

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USC's Carr reaches out for TD (0:42)
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USC forces Cal fumble for big turnover (0:46)

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Chase McGrath is USC's early-season MVP. The freshman just hit another FG, this one from 46 yards to give the Trojans a 16-13 lead. He's 6-of-7 this year.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC's struggles running the ball against the Cal defensive front shows up again on a failed 4th-and-1. The Trojans have 95 yards on 20 carries, but really 76 on 19 without Darnold's 19-yard scramble earlier.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Cal's once-promising drive fell apart after RB Patrick Laird dropped a pass in the end zone on 1st down. The Bears end up missing a 29-yd FG, leaving the game tied at 13-13 w/8:41 left in the 3rd.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

And for the 2nd-straight week, 5th-ranked USC goes into halftime tied with an unranked opponent. Cal evens it up at 13-13 on a 21-yard FG on the final play of the half. Buckle up.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

USC calls timeout with :29 left in the half, apparently reeling after allowing completions of 27 and 11 yards on consecutive plays. Cal will have 1st and goal from the 2.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Turns out Wharton's knee was down before the ball came out. That's a 25-yard reception by Wharton and first down for the Bears.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Oski the Bear is taking a break to cool down.

Team Stats

Passing Yards306.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards185.851st
Points For37.038th
Points Against24.864th

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