Photo Gallery: USC/UCLA Football Service

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

There is nothing stronger than the rivalry between the USC and UCLA football teams, but last Friday, the crosstown rivals joined forces to encourage elementary school students to work hard in the classroom. 

Twenty-one football players from both programs teamed up with the Wise Owls from the 186th Street School for their 11th annual Super Bowl Spirit Day. Click here for a full recap of last Friday's day of service. 

Here are John McGillen's photos of the crosstown rivals giving back to the Los Angeles community...

3-Points: Cal 70, USC 69

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The Trojans are gutted at the buzzer by Tyrone Wallace's game-winning three-pointer.

Click here for the recap and box score.

Buzzer Blues

If the Trojans did not have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. They had several opportunities down the stretch to seal the victory that would end their losing streak, but after failing to make clutch free throws, committing costly turnovers and missing out on key defensive rebounds in the final two minutes, USC put the game in the hands of destiny and Tyrone Wallace, both of whom had the last laugh at the expense of the Trojans.

Mac Is Back

Point guard Jordan McLaughlin had seemingly hit the freshman wall in the past three games, but he pushed through it Thursday night scoring a game-high 20 points on 7/9 shooting. He played with a controlled tempo throughout finding his spots on the floor and coolly knocked down 3/5 from three-point distance. While he missed an important late free throw, the overall performance was huge for his confidence.

Jekyll and Hyde

Head coach Andy Enfield simply put the difference on "shotmaking" when asked how the Trojans could look listless in the first half scoring 26 points on 37.9% shooting and then blitz out of halftime making 65.4% in the final 20 minutes. USC won the second half 43-35, and outside of a few careless turnovers, looked like a dynamic offensive team. SG Katin Reinhardt (16 points on 8/13 shooting) was efficient including drilling a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds. PF Darion Clark and SG Julian Jacobs were tremendously active on both ends of the floor.

Here are the highlights ending in Wallace's buzzer-beater, which made SportsCenter's Top Play of the night:

Trojans Live - Signing Day Special

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After USC wrapped up the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, head coach Steve Sarkisian and 2015 signees S Marvell Tell III and RB Ronald Jones II joined Trojans Live to break down the banner day.

Click here to watch Sarkisian's segments.

Click here to watch Ronald Jones II.

Here is Tell III live at The Lab:

Jimokes Wanted

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The USC football student managers are looking for a fresh set of recruits for the 2015 season. "The Jimokes" play an integral role in the program assisting the team at practices, workouts and game days.

Aside from working at practice, managers experience home and away games from a unique perspective on the field during pregame warmups and on the USC sideline during the game. In addition, managers travel and stay with the team for away games and postseason play. Plus, managers also get all the Nike swag that the players receive.

For more information, click here to email Head Student Manager Anthony Machado.


Trojan Athletic Fund Signing Period Begins

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USC football collected 24 elite signatures on National Signing Day, and now Trojan Athletic Fund opens its Signing Period looking for new members to continue the Heritage Initiative, which has already raised $300 million in support of new facilities and the athletic scholarship endowment. Trojan Athletic Fund has already inked a five-star signature from former football player Matt Koart who gave $1 million, which is the largest gift to the endowment from a former student-athlete.

Click here for more.

The Trojan Athletic Fund comprises a global network of more than 5,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes, and friends who directly contribute to the success of USC's student-athletes. The TAF "Signing Period" will consist of several special events across California, social media campaigns, and other initiatives with the intention of growing the Trojan Family and widening the support for USC's 650-plus student-athletes.

New members who join the Trojan Athletic Fund will not only be impacting the overall success of USC's student-athletes, but will receive exclusive benefits such as priority seating for football and basketball, preferred parking at the Coliseum, Ultimate Sports Card (free admission to all USC sports excluding football and basketball), opportunities to purchase football away, bowl game, and championship tickets, and invitations to special TAF donor events throughout the year.


Full Circle

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Jake Olson has served as an inspiration to so many Trojans as he bravely defeated pediatric cancer despite losing both his eyes to the dreaded disease. Now, he is officially one of us accepting a Swim with Mike scholarship to attend USC starting in the fall.

Click here for ESPN's feature on Jake.

Olson's acceptance to USC was announced at Wednesday night's National Signing Day dinner.  He is a main feature of Pierson Clair's photo gallery from the event and the Trojans Live Signing Day Special.

Making His Marq

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USC tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo was named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by for his instrumental role in the Trojans landing the No.1 recruiting class in the country. Tuiasosopo is credited as the primary recruiter for linebackers Porter Gustin and Osa Masina, the talented duo from Utah.

Click here for the complete story.

He also saw a boost for his own position group reeling in TE Tyler Petite who had previously verbally committed to Duke.


#USCBHM: WBB Pioneers

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The greatest USC women's basketball players of all-time helped make the game what it is today.

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#SCigningDay2015 Recap

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With the full allotment of scholarships, Steve Sarkisian and the USC coaching staff signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

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SCigning Day 2015: DB Iman Marshall

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As the exclamation point and the 24th member of the Class of 2015, USC welcomes Long Beach defensive back Iman Marshall. He had 85 tackles (five for losses) and 16 deflections on defense, plus 19 receptions for 315 yards with eight TDs on offense as a senior corner and wide receiver in 2014. He also averaged 23.1 yards on seven kickoff returns and 11.6 yards on seven punt returns (with a TD). "Biggie" as he is nicknamed, made 2014 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-California, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team and was rated the No. 1 corner in the country.

Click here to see Marshall's epic video announcement choosing USC.

Click here to see Iman Marshall's highlight video with commentary from defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.

To see the 2015 recruiting class in action this fall, click here for season tickets.