Crosstown rivalry over the years
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USC-UCLA, the beginning
Coach Howard Jones, shown in 1939 when the Trojans tied UCLA, 0-0, guided USC to national titles in 1928, '31, '32 and '39. USC established its football program in 1888 while UCLA began playing in 1919. The two L.A. rivals first played against each other in the 1929 season opener and again in the 1930 season opener, with the Trojans taking 76-0 and 52-0 victories. The series resumed as an annual game in 1936, when UCLA broke through to forge a 7-7 tie.