Trojans Fall at Home to Cal

 JT Daniels completed 21 of 43 passes for 180 yards in a loss to Cal (courtesy photo)
JT Daniels completed 21 of 43 passes for 180 yards in a loss to Cal (courtesy photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

USC had its dim Pac-12 title hopes dashed as they fell to Cal 15-14 at the Coliseum.

The Trojans jumped out to a 14-0 lead at half as freshman QB JT Daniels hit Tyler Vaughns on a pair of touchdown passes.

The first came on a two yard pass from Daniels at the 14:13 mark of the 2nd quarter. This came three plays after a 44-yard run by Aca’Cedric Ware to the Bears six.

Then Daniels connected with Vaughns on a 23 yarder at the 7:29 mark of the period.

Turn out that would be the only scoring of the game for USC.

Vaughns had a solid day finishing the game with eight catches for 91 yards.

Daniels finished the day completing 21 of 34 for 180 yards. Ware had rushing 103 yard on the night.

Amon Ra St. Brown had eight catches for 53 yards as the Trojans 5-5 (4-4, Pac-12) lost their second straight at home after reeling off 19 wins in a row.

“Obviously it was a tough loss for our team overall” said USC head coach Clay Helton. “It was two really good defenses battling it out there tonight. We made to many mistakes across the board against a good defense and came up short.”

Marvel Tell III of Pasadena led the Trojans defense with 8 tackles, 4 solo. Senior Cameron Smith had 7 (5 solo). Ajane Harris (Crenshaw High) Chipped in with six.

Cal QB Chase Garbers completed 14 of 26 for 93 yards for the Bears

6-4, (3-4, Pac-12)

The Trojans travel to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA.