California Shocks No. 19 USC

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Marcus Fields scored on a 3-yard run with 3:30 left and California capitalized on two costly errors by Southern California to upset the No. 19 Trojans 32-31 Saturday.

The Trojans (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10) led 31-10 in the third quarter, but the Golden Bears (4-1, 2-0) scored 16 points in a five-minute span over the end of the third and start of the fourth to rally for only their second win in the Coliseum since 1970.

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  • A 58-yard touchdown run by Petros Papadakis that would have put the game away for USC was nullified on a personal foul with 19 seconds to play in the third.

    Then Antoine Harris fumbled a pass from freshman backup Carson Palmer. Cal's Damian Marzett recovered and ran 40 yards to the USC 37. Three plays later, A.J. Kunkle caught his second TD pass of the game, a 2-yarder from Justin Vedder, as Cal trailed 31-25 with 13:51 left in the fourth.

    Vedder, who was benched in the first quarter, engineered Cal's winning drive as he hit Dameane Douglas with a 13-yard slant pass to set up Fields' 3-yard TD run. Vedder was 28-of-39 for 244 yards, was intercepted once and sacked twice. Douglas had a career-high 13 receptions for 151 yards.

    Fields cut Cal's deficit to 31-18 on a 3-yard TD run -- the Golden Bears' first rushing score of the season -- with 30 seconds to play in the third after a safety by Sekou Sanyika.

    Mike Van Raaphorst threw two touchdowns, including a 77-yarder to R. Jay Soward, who returned a punt 80 yards for another score for the Trojans. Van Raaphorst was 11-of-22 for 203 yards and was sacked five times.

    Both teams had relied on defense to remain undefeated in the Pac-10, but they put on an offensive show before a season-high 65,678 fans at the Coliseum.

    With the game tied 7-7, Windrell Hayes caught a 13-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone from Van Raaphorst to put USC ahead with 8:05 remaining in the second qurter.

    After Cal was forced to punt on its next possession, Van Raaphorst connected with Soward on USC's first play of the series for a 77-yard TD pass. Soward shook off defender Drae Harris near the 25-yard line and scored as USC led 21-7 at 6:15 of the second.

    The Bears made it 21-10 on a 34-yard field goal by Tim Wolleck. Ifeanyi Ohalete blocked a punt to give the Trojans possession. Adam Abrams kicked an 18-yard field goal -- the shortest of his career -- with three seconds left as USC led 24-10 at halftime.

    Soward danced between defenders and then charged up the sideline in returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown that made it 31-10 with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter.

    Ohalete, who returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter last week against Arizona State, came up big late in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass by Vedder in Cal's end zone.

    USC's first touchdown came on a 65-yard run by Papadakis in the opening quarter. On its second possession of the game, Cal tied the game on a halfback option pass from Deltha O'Neal to Kunkle.

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