No. 15 USC rolls over rival UCLA 36-14 for 7th straight win

UCLA running back Brandon Stephens, front, is tackled by Southern California defensive back Marvell Tell III after making a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Sam Darnold passed for 267 yards and hit De'Quan Hampton for two touchdowns, leading No. 15 Southern California past UCLA 36-14 Saturday night in the Los Angeles rivals' 86th crosstown showdown.

Ronald Jones II rushed for 121 yards and two TDs for the surging Trojans (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12), who won their seventh straight game after a dismal start to the season.

USC claimed the Victory Bell for the second consecutive year, overcoming Darnold's two early interceptions and eventually taking apart UCLA's solid defense for 527 total yards.

Jordan Lasley caught two first-half touchdown passes from Mike Fafaul for UCLA (4-7, 2-6). The Bruins are assured their first losing season in coach Jim Mora's half-decade in charge after five losses in their last six games.