LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Khalil Tate and Arizona’s offense erased their whole 22-point deficit with 4 touchdowns in roughly 11 minutes, Ronald Jones II and Sam Darnold knew they needed to reply the Wildcats’ big-play quarterback with a number of memorable moments of their very own.
Southern California’s offensive stars acquired it completed in a victory that put the Trojans accountable for the Pac-12 South.
Jones rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 17 USC overcame Tate’s large second-half rally for a 49-35 victory over 23rd-ranked Arizona on Saturday night time.
Darnold handed for 311 yards and two TDs for the Trojans (Eight-2, 6-1 Pac-12), who led 28-6 halfway by means of the third quarter earlier than Tate lastly acquired the Wildcats (6-Three, Four-2) rolling. Arizona evened it at 35 on Zach Green’s TD run and a 2-point conversion with Eight:23 remaining.
But Jones ran wild within the fourth quarter, racking up 96 yards whereas scoring the tiebreaking landing with 5:37 to play and including one other rating with Three:09 left because the Trojans pulled away.
“We knew we had to win this game,” mentioned Jones, who additionally had a 98-yard TD run erased by a penalty. “We want a championship bad, and we’re going to do anything we have to.”
USC is alone atop the Pac-12 South after its 15th consecutive victory on the Coliseum. One victory within the Trojans’ closing two video games towards Colorado and UCLA will put them within the convention title recreation subsequent month.
Tate, an Inglewood native and highschool clbadmate of a number of Trojans, rushed for 161 yards and handed for 146 yards and two TDs. After being bottled up within the first half, he rushed for a 32-yard TD and threw a 30-yard scoring move within the third quarter.
“We got a little momentum going, and our guys made some tremendous plays in the second half,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez mentioned. “It’ll hurt for 24 hours, but we’ll come back with a better plan.”
Tate was sacked 5 instances, and he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions to USC’s Ajene Harris and John Houston because the Wildcats’ four-game successful streak ended.
“I wasn’t sharp on my reads,” Tate mentioned. “I was off on a lot of my coverages. … We didn’t make a lot of adjustments (in the second half). We just saw some tendencies in their defense that we needed to exploit.”
Jalen Greene returned a blocked punt for a landing within the first quarter for the Trojans. Tyler Vaughns and Steven Mitchell caught TD pbades for USC, and Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for 122 yards and one other rating.
Arizona: The charmed October is over, however the Wildcats performed one other thrilling, high-scoring recreation. This loss will not do a lot to dampen the optimism round a program that gave the impression to be at a crossroads one month in the past.
USC: The Trojans have been criticized all season lengthy for not badembly this program’s annual sky-high expectations, however they may wrap up the Pac-12 South title subsequent week. If they earn a spot within the convention title recreation, they’re going to play it coming off a bye week, since USC would not play on Thanksgiving weekend. The Trojans’ first convention title since 2008 has by no means been nearer.
Darnold went 20 of 26 and improved to 11-Zero on the Coliseum as a starter, however solely after throwing his 11th interception of the season in the long run zone to kill a 97-yard drive within the first quarter. Darnold known as the interception “one of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made on the football field.”
Jones broke a 52-yard run through the Trojans’ closing TD drive and have become the primary USC tailback with consecutive 1,000-yard speeding seasons since LenDale White in 2004 and 2005.
Arizona: The Wildcats’ first week as a ranked workforce since 2015 ended with a loss, however they’re going to be proper on the bubble.
USC: The Trojans ought to be again within the high 15, and so they’ll stay the second highest-ranked Pac-12 workforce behind Washington. The Trojans and Huskies do not face one another within the common season, however they may have a date in Santa Clara subsequent month.
Arizona: Hosts Oregon State on Saturday within the Wildcats’ residence finale.
USC: At Colorado on Saturday for the ultimate street recreation of the common season.
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