Wednesday, November 21

UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

When it comes to football, who’s feeling worse – UCLA or USC?

UCLA and USC have both underperformed in 2018. Before they go head-to-head for the Victory Bell on Saturday, Daily Bruin Sports took a look at the two struggling programs to see which school was in more pain in three different categories: coaching, recruiting and quarterbacks. Read more...

Photo: UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Football rises to crosstown rivalry, UCLA sets record for athlete graduation rate

Although Chip Kelly is in his first season with the Bruins, he is no stranger to the magnitude of Saturday’s contest against the crosstown rival Trojans. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Chip Kelly and players see under-tested potential in football’s underclassmen

The Bruins are thin all over the roster. Coach Chip Kelly said UCLA football (2-8, 2-5 Pac-12) had just 57 scholarship players available out of the 105 on the roster at practice Tuesday. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Football players gear up to battle old high school teammates against rival USC

Geography is not the only aspect of a crosstown rivalry. Southern California is a recruiting hotbed, and since UCLA and USC are the only Power Five programs in the area, they target many of the same players. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight finished 26-of-35 for 314 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. It was the first 300-yard passing performance by a UCLA quarterback this season. 
(Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

Arizona State defeats UCLA 31-28 in game of missed chances for the Bruins

TEMPE, Ariz. – One team took advantage of its opportunities, and the other didn’t. Early in the third quarter, graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight’s pass intended for redshirt junior running back Joshua Kelley was tipped at the line of scrimmage, and defensive back Chase Lucas intercepted the pass. Read more...

Photo: Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight finished 26-of-35 for 314 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. It was the first 300-yard passing performance by a UCLA quarterback this season. (Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight finished 26-of-35 for 314 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. It was the first 300-yard passing performance by a UCLA quarterback this season. 
(Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

Redshirt junior tight end Caleb Wilson caught four passes for 54 yards in the first half against Arizona State, including an 8-yard reception where he juked past a defender and stretched for a first down.
(Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

UCLA football trails Arizona State by three points at halftime mark

TEMPE, Ariz.— Joshua Kelley has been UCLA’s most consistent player, so coach Chip Kelly decided to push his luck with the redshirt junior running back. The Bruins dialed up Kelley’s number on 4th-and-1 deep in Arizona State territory, but he lost a yard. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior tight end Caleb Wilson caught four passes for 54 yards in the first half against Arizona State, including an 8-yard reception where he juked past a defender and stretched for a first down. (Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

Redshirt junior tight end Caleb Wilson caught four passes for 54 yards in the first half against Arizona State, including an 8-yard reception where he juked past a defender and stretched for a first down.
(Liz Ketcham/ Assistant photo editor)

Sophomore defensive back Quentin Lake is the only member of UCLA football's starting secondary that measures in at over six feet tall. The Bruins will be tasked with guarding 6-foot-4-inch receiver N'keal Harry against Arizona State on Saturday. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Arizona State’s wide receivers provide latest challenge for UCLA secondary

CeeDee Lamb lit up UCLA’s defense for seven catches, 146 yards and a touchdown. Laviska Shenault tore up the Bruins for 12 catches, 126 yards, and two combined touchdowns. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore defensive back Quentin Lake is the only member of UCLA football's starting secondary that measures in at over six feet tall. The Bruins will be tasked with guarding 6-foot-4-inch receiver N'keal Harry against Arizona State on Saturday. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore defensive back Quentin Lake is the only member of UCLA football's starting secondary that measures in at over six feet tall. The Bruins will be tasked with guarding 6-foot-4-inch receiver N'keal Harry against Arizona State on Saturday. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)