SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup

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Logo of the Crosstown Cup
UCLA-USC Lexus Gaunlet (2001–2009)

The SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup is a year-long all-sports college competition between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans.[1][2] While UCLA and USC have had a sports rivalry since the 1920s, the official yearly head-to-head all-sports competition began with the 2001–2002 season as the Lexus Gauntlet. After the 2008–2009 season, Lexus' sponsorship ended. For the next five seasons USC and UCLA continued to keep track of the scores and yearly winners.[3][4][5][6][7] Without an official sponsor, the competition was referred to as the Crosstown Gauntlet from fall 2009 to spring 2014.[3][8] Starting with the 2014–2015 season, the series was sponsored by The Southern California BMW Centers and renamed the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup.[1][2]

During the original Lexus sponsorship, a Northern California version of the Gauntlet was held between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley for three seasons.

Scoring Structure[edit]

Points are awarded for each NCAA-sanctioned sport that the two schools compete face each other in. Each of the 19 varsity sports that the two schools compete against each other in are worth 10 points in total. All regular season and postseason head-to-head competition in a single sport counts as a series, and all of the points for that sport are awarded to the winner of the series. Points are split in the event of a series tie. For sports without head-to-head competition, such as both men's and women's golf, all of the points for that sport are awarded based on which school finishes higher in the conference tournament. In sports with both head-to-head and multi-competitor events, such as swimming and track and field, only the head-to-head results are counted. For example, as there is only one match played, a single football victory is worth 10 points, while all head-to-head Men's water polo victories count as a series worth 10 total points. Currently, with 19 active sports in which UCLA and USC compete against each other, there are 190 points available in a season, with 100 needed to clinch an overall win.[1][2] In the event of a tie after all points have been settled, there are three tiebreakers. The first tiebreaker is regular season head-to-head wins. If a tie remains, next is postseason head-to-head wins. Finally, the third tiebreaker is whichever school won the most conference championships in head-to-head sports.

Under the original Lexus sponsorship and the unsponsored period from 2009–2014, the scoring structure was slightly different. Instead of each sport being worth 10 points, only football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball were worth 10 points. All other sports were worth 5 points. As a result, there were originally 110 points available with 57.5 points needed to win. After the two schools began competing in women's sand volleyball for the 2012–2013, this changed to 115 points available and 60 needed to win.[9]


The football portion of the Gauntlet, UCLA vs. USC

The Southern version covers Los Angeles rivals, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. It began with the 2001 fall season.

Winners by year[10][11][12]
Year Winner Score
Lexus Gauntlet
2001–2002 USC 55–55*
2002–2003 UCLA 55–55**
2003–2004 USC 57.5–52.5
2004–2005 UCLA 67.5–42.5^
2005–2006 USC 60–50
2006–2007 UCLA 72.5–37.5
2007–2008 USC 67.5–42.5
2008–2009 USC 65–45
Crosstown Gauntlet
2009–2010 USC 65–45
2010–2011 USC 72.5–37.5
2011–2012 USC 62.5–47.5
2012–2013 UCLA 65–50
2013–2014 USC 60–55
SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup
2014–2015 UCLA 95–85
2015–2016 USC 120–70
2016–2017 UCLA 105–85
2017–2018 UCLA 115–75
Total Wins USC 10–7
* USC won with the first tiebreaker: regular season head-to-head wins (16–15)
** UCLA won with the second tiebreaker: postseason head-to-head wins (4–0)
^ UCLA clinched the Gauntlet prior to the conclusion of the athletic season, and the resulting trophy inscription showed the score 70–40. Afterwards, USC won back 2.5 points with a victory over UCLA in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship


The football portion of the Gauntlet, Cal vs. Stanford

The Northern version matched Bay Area rivals Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. It began with the 2004 fall season and ended after the 2007 spring season.

Winners by year[13][14][15]
Year Winner Score
2004–2005 Stanford 70–65
2005–2007 77.5–57.5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "UCLA, USC to Compete for SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup".
  2. ^ a b c "USC And UCLA To Compete For SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup".
  3. ^ a b "USC clinches Gauntlet Trophy over UCLA", Fox Sports West, April 25, 2011
  4. ^ "USC wins 4th straight Gauntlet title", Pedro Moura,, April 25, 2011
  5. ^ "", University of Southern California, April 30, 2012
  6. ^ "", May 1, 2012
  7. ^ "UCLA Athletics on Twitter". Twitter.
  8. ^ "Throwing Down the Gauntlet", Stephanie Graves, Fox Sports West, April 26, 2011
  9. ^
  10. ^ USC Repeats as Lexus Gauntlet Trophy Winners!, USCTrojans, May 2, 2009
  11. ^ "USC Captures 2013–14 Crosstown Gauntlet Trophy".
  12. ^ "UCLA-USC: The Greatest Rivalry in College Sports". ucla-usc.
  13. ^ "Stanford Crowned 2005 Lexus Gauntlet Champion – – Stanford University". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06.
  14. ^ "Alice Barnes Honored as Stanford Claims Lexus Gauntlet – – Stanford University". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06.
  15. ^ "Stanford Claims 2007 Lexus Gauntlet Championship – – Stanford University".

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