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Cal vs. USC Trojans Football Insta-Recap & Rate the Game: Bears Gift the Trojans a 50-49 Victory
USC scored 20 points from California's four turnovers
The California Golden Bears (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) lost to the No. 24 USC Trojans (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) in a 49-50 nail-biter.
California quarterback Fernando Mendoza found first-year running back Jaivian Thomas on a short route to the left on third-and-nine with 1:04 remaining in the game. The 13-yard touchdown reception closed the Golden Bears’ deficit to 49-50, which would allow the home team to tie the game with the point-after.
Instead, California head coach Justin Wilcox opted for a two-point conversion in an attempt to steal the game.
Mendoza struggled to find a teammate in the end zone, and California’s upset bid failed.
The Golden Bears kept the Trojans honest, leading in the second and third quarters. California out-gained USC 527 yards to 497 but gave away four turnovers, which the Trojans converted into 20 points.