Football and Basketball

USC's football program has produced more NFL players than any other university besides Notre Dame, and is amongst the all-time leaders in national championships, All-Americans, and Heisman winners.  UCLA has won more basketball championships and sent the second most players to the NBA, behind only Kentucky.  Yet USC did not always have the upper-hand over UCLA in football, nor the Bruins over the Trojans in basketball.  After Southern California dominated the first several years of competition between the two schools (due mostly to the fact that USC already had established programs when UCLA started play) the two universities have alternated dominance in the respective sports.  In football, especially, the two teams battled back-and-forth with Rose Bowl and national title implications often at stake.
 
 
    
Football
Trojans 48 - Bruins 31 - 7 Ties

National Championships
UCLA 1: 1954
USC 11: 1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004
College Football Hall of Famers
UCLA 14: Troy Aikman, Gary Beban, Randy Cross, Terry Donahue (coach), Kenny Easley, Tom Fears, Billy Kilmer, Donn Moomaw, Jonathan Ogden, Jerry Robinson, Red Sanders (coach), John Sciarra, Al Sparlis, Kenny Washington
USC 33: Marcus Allen, Jon Arnett, John Baker, Hal Bedsole, Ricky Bell, Tony Boselli, Tay Brown, Brad Budde, Paul Cleary, Sam Cunningham, Anthony Davis, Morley Drury, John Ferraro, Mike Garrett, Frank Gifford, Howard Jones (coach), Mort Kaer, Ronnie Lott, John McKay (coach), Mike McKeever, Erny Pinckert, Marvin Powell, John Robinson (coach), Aaron Rosenberg, O.J. Simpson, Ernie Smith, Harry Smith, Lynn Swann, Cotton Warburton, Charles White, Richard Wood, Ron Yary, Charles Young

Series History (black scores indicate school with Conference/Division Title on the line)
Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1929
Col-SC


USC
0
76
First-ever Football game on September 28th, SC wins PCC
1930
Col-LA


USC
0
52
SC ends the series due to lack of competitiveness
1936
Col-SC


Tie
7
7
Series resumes after LA ties for first in PCC in '35
1937
Col-LA


USC
13
19

1938
Col-SC

14
USC
7
42

1939
Col-LA
9
3
Tie
0
0
Both undefeated; SC voted into Rose Bowl, won National Title
1940
Col-SC


USC
12
28

1941
Col-LA


Tie
7
7

1942
Col-SC
13

UCLA
14
7
LA's first rivalry win and Rose Bowl; Victory Bell established
1943
Col-LA


USC
0
20
'43-45, teams play twice per year due to WWII travel restrictions
1943
Col-SC


USC
13
26
SC goes to Rose Bowl '43-45
1944
Col-SC


Tie
13
13
LA 80-yard punt return TD on final play of game to tie
1944
Col-LA

8
USC
13
40

1945
Col-LA


USC
6
13

1945
Col-SC

16
USC
15
26

1946
Col-LA
4
10
UCLA
13
6
LA enters undefeated
1947
Col-SC
18
4
USC
0
6

1948
Col-LA


USC
13
20

1949
Col-SC


USC
7
21

Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1950
Col-LA


UCLA
39
0

1951
Col-SC
18
11
UCLA
21
7

1952
Col-LA
3
4
USC
12
14
Both enter undefeated and untied
1953
Col-SC
5
9
UCLA
13
0

1954
Col-LA
2
7
UCLA
34
0
LA wins National Title, 'no-repeat' rule sends SC to Rose Bowl
1955
Col-SC
5

UCLA
17
7

1956
Col-LA


USC
7
10
SC spoils LA's PCC hopes
1957
Col-SC


UCLA
20
9

1958
Col-LA


Tie
15
15
SC kick return TD and 2-pt. conversion with 6:50 left to tie
1959
Col-SC

4
UCLA
10
3
Both tie for AAWU with Washington, winning score with 8:06 left
Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1960
Col-LA
11

USC
6
17

1961
Col-SC


UCLA
10
7

1962
Col-LA

1
USC
3
14
SC enters undefeated, won National Championship
1963
Col-SC


USC
6
26
Washington later voted into Rose Bowl
1964
Col-LA


USC
13
34
Oregon State later voted into Rose Bowl
1965
Col-SC
7
6
UCLA
20
16
LA 52-yard TD pass with 2:39 left following a TD and onside kick
1966
Col-LA
8
7
UCLA
14
7
Tie for first, SC voted into Rose Bowl, winning score with 6:20 left
1967
Col-SC
1
4
USC
20
21
"Game of the Century", Beban vs Simpson, SC National Champs
1968
Col-LA

1
USC
16
28
SC enters undefeated
1969
Col-SC
6
5
USC
12
14
Both enter undefeated, winning 32-yard TD pass with 1:32 left
Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1970
Col-LA


UCLA
45
20

1971
Col-SC

15
Tie
7
7

1972
Col-LA
14
1
USC
7
24
SC won National Championship
1973
Col-SC
8
9
USC
13
23

1974
Col-LA

8
USC
9
34
SC won National Championship
1975
Col-SC
14

UCLA
25
22

1976
Col-LA
2
3
USC
14
24
LA enters undefeated
1977
Col-SC
17

USC
27
29
SC spoils LA's Pac-8 and Rose Bowl hopes, 38-yd FG with 0:02 left
1978
Col-LA
14
5
USC
10
17
SC won National Championship
1979
Col-SC

4
USC
14
49
SC enters undefeated
Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1980
Col-LA
18
12
UCLA
20
17
LA 58-yard TD pass with 2:07 left
1981
Col-SC
15
10
USC
21
22
Blocked FG on last play, UW goes to Rose Bowl by beating WSU
1982
RB
11
15
UCLA
20
19
LA stops 2-pt. conversion on last play of the game to win
1983
Col


UCLA
27
17

1984
RB

7
UCLA
29
10
SC already clinched Rose Bowl
1985
Col
8

USC
13
17
LA still goes to Rose Bowl after ASU loss, 1-yd TD run with 1:13 left
1986
RB
18
10
UCLA
45
25

1987
Col
5

USC
13
17
Both tie for Pac-10, SC goes to Rose Bowl, TD pass with 7:59 left
1988
RB
6
2
USC
22
31
SC enters undefeated
1989
Col

8
Tie
10
10
SC already clinched Rose Bowl, LA 54-yd FG hits crossbar with 0:02
Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
1990
RB

19
USC
42
45
SC 23-yard TD pass with 0:16 left
1991
Col
25

UCLA
24
21

1992
RB

15
UCLA
38
37
After a SC TD with 0:41 left, LA stops 2-pt conversion
1993
Col
16
22
UCLA
27
21
LA goes to Rose Bowl, intercepted an end zone pass with 0:56
1994
RB

13
UCLA
31
19

1995
Col

11
UCLA
24
20
SC already clinched Rose Bowl
1996
RB


UCLA
48
41
2OT, LA was down 17 in the 4th quarter, 25-yard TD run to win
1997
Col
7

UCLA
31
24

1998
RB
3

UCLA
34
17
LA enters undefeated, already clinched Rose Bowl
1999
Col


USC
7
17

Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
2000
RB


USC
35
38
SC 36-yard FG with 0:09 left
2001
Col
20

USC
0
27

2002
RB
25
7
USC
21
52
SC already clinched conference
2003
Col

2
USC
22
47
SC would win the National Championship
2004
RB

1
USC
24
29
SC undefeated, won National Championship (vacated)
2005
Col
11
1
USC
19
66
SC enters undefeated (vacated)
2006
RB

2
UCLA
13
9
LA knocks SC out of BCS Championship Game
2007
Col

8
USC
7
24

2008
RB

5
USC
7
28

2009
Col

24
USC
7
28

Year Site AP Ranking
Results Notes
UCLA USC W UCLA USC
2010
RB


USC
14
28

2011
Col

10
USC
0
50
LA already clinched South Division due to SC sanctions
2012
RB
17
21
UCLA
38
28
Penultimate game, LA wins South division
2013
Col
22
23
UCLA
35
14

2014
RB
11
24
UCLA
38
20
Penultimate game, LA took lead in South division
2015
Col
22

USC
21
40
SC wins the South division
2016
RB

15
USC
14
36
Penultimate game, SC took lead in South division
2017
Col







Col = Coliseum, RB = Rose Bowl
All games were played at the Coliseum through 1981, with teams alternating "home field"
AP Poll ranked top 20 (1934, '36-61, '68-88), top 10 ('62-67), top 25 ('89-Present)
 
 
Series Notes
UCLA   USC
     
31 Wins (7 Ties)
48
10-8-0
Home Record (1982-) 10-6-1
15-30-6
Coliseum Record (-1981) 30-15-6 
1473
Points Scored 1938
17.1
Points/Game 22.5
7
Times Shutout 4
15
Wins by ≤ 8 15
The conference/division championship was on the line 46 times
(57% of 81 years*)
The conference/division was on the line for both schools 29 times
(USC has won 17, UCLA 11, with 1 tie)
 The game impacted the conference/division champ 17 times

* After game was moved to end of season in 1936
 
 
1967 "Game of the Century"
USC 21, UCLA 20
#1 vs #2 in Coaches Poll
Basketball
Bruins 140 - Trojans 109

National Championships
UCLA 11 (Record): 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
USC 0
College Basketball Hall of Famers
UCLA 7: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gene Bartow (coach), Larry Brown (coach), Gail Goodrich, Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks, John Wooden (coach)
USC 2: Sam Barry (coach), Bill Sharman

• The first official game between the two schools took place in February, 1928, after UCLA was invited to join the Pacific Coast Conference. USC won the game 45-35, but UCLA won the next two games, taking the season series, 2-1.
• USC had a 41-game winning streak from 1932 to 1943, a national record that stood until UCLA eventually beat it in 1980 with a 42nd consecutive win against Cal, on the way to a 52-game winning streak, the current NCAA record of one opponent over another. UCLA defeated USC 42-37 in the first of the two final home games in the 1943 season to break the streak.
• In the 1960–1961 season, USC and UCLA met for the third time on March 3, 1961 in the game that would ultimately decide the AAWU champion and 2nd place. The teams had split the two previous games. USC beat UCLA 86-85 in overtime, and later advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
• In the 1968–1969 season, USC took UCLA, led by Lew Alcindor, to two overtimes before losing 61-55 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In the second game, one night later on March 8, 1969, USC would finally defeat UCLA 46-44, marking the Bruins' first-ever loss in Pauley Pavilion.
• In the 1970–1971 season, UCLA and USC were ranked #1 and #2 for much of the season. #2 ranked USC coached by Bob Boyd suffered its first loss against #3 ranked UCLA, blowing a 9-point second half lead before losing 64-60. In the rematch in the final game of the season, UCLA jumped out to a big early lead and went on to win 72-63. USC would finish the season 24-2 and ranked #2, but only the conference champion, UCLA, could be invited to the 1971 NCAA Tournament, as there were no at-large slots in the bracket. This would be one of the cases for expanding the bracket to 32 teams for the 1975 NCAA Tournament.
• In the 1973–1974 season, the two teams were tied for first in the Pac-8 going into the last game of the season. With the conference championship and berth in the 1974 NCAA Tournament on the line, Bill Walton led UCLA to a blowout victory, 82-52.
• In the 1984–1985 season, UCLA and USC would meet in the game that would decide first place in the Pac-10. USC had already beaten UCLA 78-77 in double overtime at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The second game at Pauley Pavilion on February 28, 1985, was longest game in the series history, finally being decided in quadruple overtime with USC winning, 80-78. USC would be invited to the 1985 NCAA Tournament, while UCLA was invited to and won the NIT.
• In the 2007–2008 season, UCLA and USC met in the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Tournament, for the first time in 225 games in post-season play. The teams had split in the regular season with the Trojans winning at Pauley Pavilion and the Bruins winning at Galen Center. In their third game, a capacity crowd of 18,997 at the Staples Center saw UCLA beat USC 57-54 in the semi-finals.

Series History - Season Records
Season Series Won: UCLA 47-24-19

Year
Winner
Record

Year
Winner
Record

Year
Winner
Record
1927-28
UCLA
2-1

1959-60
UCLA
3-2

1989-90
Tied
1-1
1928-29
USC
2-1

1960-61
USC
2-1

1990-91
Tied
1-1
1929-30
USC
3-0

1961-62
UCLA
2-1

1991-92
USC
2-0
1930-31
UCLA
2-1

1962-63
UCLA
2-1

1992-93
Tied
1-1
1931-32
UCLA
2-1

1963-64
UCLA
3-0

1993-94
Tied
1-1
1932-33
USC
3-0

1964-65
UCLA
3-0

1994-95
UCLA
2-0
1933-34
USC
4-0

1965-66
UCLA
4-0

1995-96
UCLA
2-0
1934-35
USC
4-0

1966-67
UCLA
4-0

1996-97
UCLA
2-0
1935-36
USC
4-0

1967-68
UCLA
2-0

1997-98
UCLA
2-0
1936-37
USC
4-0

1968-69
Tied
1-1

1998-99
UCLA
2-0
1937-38
USC
4-0

1960s
UCLA
25-7

1990s
UCLA
14-6
1938-39
USC
4-0

Year
Winner
Record

Year
Winner
Record
1920s-30s
USC
35-7

1969-70
Tied
1-1

1999-2000
Tied
1-1
Year
Winner
Record

1970-71
UCLA
2-0

2000-01
UCLA
2-0
1939-40
USC
4-0

1971-72
UCLA
2-0

2001-02
Tied
1-1
1940-41
USC
4-0

1972-73
UCLA
2-0

2002-03
USC
2-0
1941-42
USC
4-0

1973-74
UCLA
2-0

2003-04
USC
2-0
1942-43
USC
3-1

1974-75
UCLA
2-0

2004-05
UCLA
2-0
1943-44
UCLA
3-1

1975-76
UCLA
2-0

2005-06
Tied
1-1
1944-45
Tied
2-2

1976-77
UCLA
2-0

2006-07
UCLA
2-0
1945-46
USC
3-1

1977-78
UCLA
2-0

2007-08
UCLA
2-1 (LA)*
1946-47
UCLA
4-0

1978-79
UCLA
2-0

2008-09
UCLA
2-1 (SC)
1947-48
USC
3-1

1970s
UCLA
19-1

2000s
UCLA
13-9
1948-49
UCLA
3-1

Year
Winner
Record

Year
Winner
Record
1940s
USC
25-15

1979-80
Tied
1-1

2009-10
USC
2-0
Year
Winner
Record

1980-81
Tied
1-1

2010-11
Tied
1-1
1949-50
Tied
2-2

1981-82
Tied
1-1

2011-12
UCLA
3-0 (LA)
1950-51
UCLA
3-2

1982-83
UCLA
2-0

2012-13
Tied
1-1
1951-52
UCLA
4-0

1983-84
Tied
1-1

2013-14
UCLA
2-0
1952-53
USC
3-1

1984-85
USC
2-0

2014-15
UCLA
3-0 (LA)
1953-54
USC
3-1

1985-86
Tied
1-1

2015-16
USC
3-0 (SC)
1954-55
UCLA
4-0

1986-87
UCLA
2-0

2016-17
UCLA
2-1 (LA)
1955-56
UCLA
2-0

1987-88
UCLA
2-0

2017-18


1956-57
Tied
1-1

1988-89
UCLA
2-0




1957-58
UCLA
2-0

1980s
UCLA
13-7

2010s
UCLA
12-8
1958-59
UCLA
2-0




*Pac-12 Tournament games, 2002-Pres
1950s
UCLA
22-11








 
 
 
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