Happy ending at Coliseum for Kessler, Trojans

USC quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles out of the pocket Saturday during the Trojans' 40-21 win over UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

LOS ANGELES — How fitting that Cody Kessler needed to backtrack during his final trip off of the L.A. Coliseum field as USC’s quarterback.

Kessler was alerted that his mother, Christie, was waiting a few yards back, and so he turned around for a celebratory hug after the Trojans beat crosstown rival UCLA 40-21 on Saturday to mark a high point near the end of Kessler’s career, which has had more than its share of detours and roadblocks on the path to success.

“It’s such a great feeling,” said Kessler, a Centennial graduate. “I was

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