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BRUINS WIN THE ANNUAL ALL-SPORTS TROPHY FROM THE TROJANS
For the past couple of decades, an award highlighting the Crosstown Rivalry in SoCal has been given involving all the sports where UCLA and USC compete against each other.
The rules and the name of the annual contest have changed over time – it was notably called the Lexus Gauntlet in the 2000s – but the intensity to establish athletic superiority in Los Angeles, just like one would imagine, has stayed the same.
This school year, for the second straight time and third in the last four years, Bruin Nation has shown their Trojan Family rivals that it’s not just about football as the Bruins captured the Crosstown Cup by the score of 115-75 (each win earning ten points, with five points earned if the two teams split), the 115 points being UCLA’s highest ever.
A video from UCLA Athletics celebrating their winning the Crosstown Cup (click on the link). Courtesy of YouTube.
The Bruins’ women’s soccer team celebrating the vanquishing of their Trojan rivals this year. Photo courtesy of dailybruin.com
Here’s the breakdown of how the two schools fared against each other in the 19 sports where they field teams, with 100 points needed to clinch the Cup…
- Football: USC, 28-23
- Men’s Basketball: UCLA, 82-79 and 83-72
- Women’s Basketball: UCLA, 59-46 and 84-70
- Women’s Soccer: UCLA, 3-2 (OT)
- Men’s Volleyball: UCLA, 3-0 and USC, 3-2
- Women’s Volleyball: USC, 3-2 and UCLA, 3-0
- Beach Volleyball: UCLA – 3-2, 3-2, 3-2 (Pac-12 Tournament), 3-1 (Pac-12 Tournament), & 3-1 (NCAA Tournament), and USC, 3-2
- Men’s Water Polo: UCLA, 13-11, 12-11, & 7-5 (NCAA Championship Game) and USC, 7-5 (MPSF Championships)
- Women’s Water Polo: USC – 6-4, 11-5, 13-10 (MPSF Championships), and 10-6 (NCAA Semi Finals)
- Men’s Tennis: UCLA – 4-2, 4-3, 4-1 (Pac-12 Tournament), & 4-3 (NCAA Tournament)
- Women’s Tennis: UCLA, 4-0
- Baseball: UCLA – 16-1, 19-2, & 7-3, and USC, 3-2 (at Dodger Stadium)
- Women’s Cross Country: UCLA, 8th-12th (Pac-12 Championships)
- Women’s Swimming & Diving: Tie, 150-150
- Men’s Golf: USC, 1st-6th (Pac-12 Championships)
- Women’s Golf: UCLA, 1st-2nd (Pac-12 Championships)
- Women’s Rowing: USC, 5-2
- Men’s Track and Field: USC, 103-53
- Women’s Track and Field: USC, 86-77
As you can see, while the Trojans dominated in track and field, rowing, and women’s water polo, the Bruins dominated in nearly everything else.
Highlights of UCLA women’s soccer’s 3-2 win over USC in from of a NCAA record crowd of over 11,000 at Drake Stadium in Westwood on November 3rd (click on the link). Courtesy of YouTube.
The significant thing about this, at least to me, is the fact that UCLA has been able to win the Crosstown Cup despite losing to USC in the most visible and biggest revenue sport – football – the past three seasons.
Sorry Trojan students, fans, and alums, but while football may get the most attention, the fact that your Westwood rivals have won the Crosstown Cup three out of the past four years should tell you something.
To spell it out…
It’s not just about football – whether you accept it or not, there ARE other sports out there.
In other words, while (as a UCLA alum) I would LOVE to beat ‘SC on the gridiron and get the Victory Bell painted blue again, I can live with that bell sporting a cardinal color when Bruin Nation shows that their overall athletic department is the better one in L.A. by winning the Crosstown Cup.
For the time being, anyway.
That is, if I were forced to choose.
For now, as another school year winds down; USC had their commencement ceremonies, with those Trojans getting their degrees, on May 10…
The UCLA community should be happy about what their Bruin athletes have accomplished in winning that Crosstown Cup.
I know I am.
Members of UCLA’s beach volleyball team in the middle of knocking USC out of the recent NCAA Championships. Photo courtesy of YouTube.com