The GIST: Breaking news: the Chargers won a game! On the college front, USC and UCLA split this weekend’s crosstown rivalry games on the gridiron and the court.
🏈Emotional rollercoaster: It wasn’t pretty, but the Chargers escaped with a 20–17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The teams traded late fourth-quarter interceptions (INTs) before Charger cornerback Michael Davis grabbed the final INT with 36 seconds remaining, ultimately leading to Michael Badgley’s game-winning field goal (FG). Amazingly, the Chargers’ special teams came through.
One for the Trojans: USC football fans rejoiced following Saturday’s thrilling 43–38 win over archrival UCLA. UCLA led for much of the game and it seemed like their FG with 52 seconds left would give them the victory. However, the Trojans mounted a furious comeback with quarterback Kedon Slavis hitting wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for the game-winning score. Incredible.
- While the Bruins will conclude their regular season on Saturday against Stanford, the Trojans head to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game against Washington...for now.
🏀One for the Bruins: Saturday’s football game wasn’t the only crosstown rivalry showdown this weekend. On the court, the No. 11 UCLA women got the better of USC with a commanding 73–52 win. Standouts Michaela Onyenwere and Charisma Osbourne led the scoring for the Bruins with 19 and 18 points, respectively. USC went cold in the third quarter and they were unable to pick up their first conference win.