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USC aims for faster starts as schedule shifts to Washington State

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What’s next for UCLA football? The Colorado Buffaloes

UCLA (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (3-1, 0-1) When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Rose Bowl TV/Radio: ESPN2/TBA UCLA update: The miraculous 34-point comeback against Texas A&M is but a distant memory after UCLA’s lates...

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    MEMPHIS >> It took one snap for Darrell Henderson to set the tone for the Memphis offense last Saturday. One play, 80 yards, a slew of UCLA defenders grasping at air as the Memphis running back streaked down the field at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Memphis’ first play from scrimmage of its 48-45 win over UCLA. The UCLA defense gave up a season-high 560 yards in the loss, the most for the team since 2014. Big plays shattered coordinator Tom Bradley’s...

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    What’s next for UCLA football? The Stanford Cardinal

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    LOS ANGELES >> There are times you can argue a mannequin standing on a sideline would do less damage than a coach. Especially at USC. It’s the best possible answer to explain how an elite Trojans team could be pushed to the limit by a Texas team forced to start a true freshman backup quarterback Saturday at the Coliseum. There were several glaring decisions that explained why the Trojans were hamstrung by their staff and needed some good fortune to escape with a...

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    SAN DIEGO >> Mountain West Conference football is no substitute for the NFL. Not even close. But San Diego State’s athletic department is trying, bless their collective hearts. They sense an opportunity to grasp, a vacuum to fill, an available fan base to be wooed as the only big time football team left in town. They’d be guilty of athletic marketing malpractice if they didn’t at least try. It will help, of course, if the Aztecs continue to win.

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    LOS ANGELES >> Vince Young had an entire fourth to make his magic. Sam Darnold had 39 seconds … and no timeouts. USC’s sophomore quarterback led the Trojans back from the brink of disaster Saturday, engineering a tying drive in the closing minute of regulation, allowing his team to survive Texas in two overtimes, 27-24. The tying points at the end of fourth quarter and winning points at the end of the second overtime were supplied by freshman kicker...

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    LOS ANGELES >> USC and Texas have a flair for the dramatics. In the teams’ first meeting since dueling for the national championship 12 seasons ago in a Rose Bowl classic, considered one of the greatest games in college football history, the rematch came down to the final moments on Saturday night and to the leg of a freshman walk-on. In double overtime, Chase McGrath hit a 43-yard field goal, lifting fourth-ranked USC to a dramatic 27-24 victory over...

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    UCLA defense forced to get creative at linebacker

    MEMPHIS >> UCLA’s defense prides itself on position flexibility and the Bruins had to get extra creative Saturday for its linebackers. Without senior Kenny Young, who was held out due to injury, and junior Josh Woods, who was suspended for the first half due to targeting, the Bruins transformed defensive end Keisean Lucier-South into a hybrid linebacker for their 48-45 loss to Memphis on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The third-year sophomore had one...

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