TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Ronald Jones II tucked in behind a blocker, made a lower off his hip and shook off an Arizona State tackler. It became a race from there, and no method was anybody going to catch Southern California’s gifted operating again.
USC bounced again from a lopsided loss to Notre Dame with maybe its finest all-around recreation of the season, driving the legs of Jones and the arm of Sam Darnold to a dominating 48-17 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night time.
Jones ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, Darnold revved up USC’s offense with three scoring pbades and the Trojans racked up 607 whole yards to stay atop the Pac-12 South.
“You by no means need that lingering mentality coming off a loss,” USC coach Clay Helton mentioned. “Normally the higher groups can clear it out. That is what these children did tonight.”
USC (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) was thumped 49-19 by No. 9 Notre Dame final week, a loss that every one however knocked the Trojans out of the national-title image.
As an alternative of remaining on their heels, the Trojans attacked Arizona State from the beginning, taking photographs down the sector early to arrange a operating recreation that ran round and proper by means of the Solar Devils.
Darnold accomplished 19 of 35 pbades for 266 yards, and Tyler Vaughns had six catches for 126 yards with a pair of scores. Jones helped the Trojans decide up 341 yards dashing after they had been restricted to 76 towards the Preventing Irish.
“Coach at all times talks about getting 11 guys proper simply doing their job and after we do issues like that we’re onerous to cease,” Jones mentioned.
Arizona State (Four-Four, Three-2) relapsed on protection after consecutive robust showings, lacking tackles and badignments whereas giving up a number of large performs.
The Solar Devils fell behind 31-Three earlier than gaining some momentum on a weird play to finish the primary half however could not cease the Trojans to maintain it going.
Manny Wilkins threw for 259 yards and accounted for 2 touchdowns for Arizona State.
“Our protection needs to be higher,” Arizona State coach Todd Graham mentioned. “We gave up too many chunk performs.”
Darnold picked Arizona State aside early when he wasn’t being pressured, hitting Deonta Burnett on a 32-yard TD move on the opening drive and Vaughns on a 42-yard catch-and-run rating late within the first quarter. Darnold later threaded a move between three Arizona State defenders for a 19-yard landing move to Vaughns that put the Trojans up 28-Three.
One weird play gave Arizona State a spark.
Wilkins accomplished a Hail Mary to Kyle Williams on the ultimate play of the primary half, a play initially dominated in need of the objective line by the officers.
USC’s gamers trotted off the sector whereas just a few of Arizona State’s lingered because the officers went to a replay badessment. After about 5 minutes, they dominated Williams caught the ball in the long run zone earlier than falling out to the 1.
Arizona State’s PAT group took the sector, however needed to wait because the Trojans’ special-teams unit returned from the locker room. Brandon Ruiz’s further level lower USC’s result in 31-10, and the Solar Devils pulled inside two touchdowns on Wilkins’ 1-yard dive to open the second half.
Arizona State’s penchant for lacking tackles gave USC the momentum again when Jones, who had a 67-yard scoring run within the first half, shed a number of defenders on a 64-yard sprint to make it 38-17.
“We ready ourselves, however a few us did not come able to play at present,” Arizona State linebacker D.J. Calhoun mentioned. “You win collectively, you lose collectively.”
USC acquired its mojo again after the letdown in South Bend, dominating Arizona State on either side of the ball.
Arizona State’s defensive renaissance seems to be over. The Solar Devils had been overmatched by USC’s measurement and pace, unable to place up a lot resistance whereas falling two video games behind the Trojans within the Pac-12 South.
PENALIZED SUN DEVILS
Arizona State entered because the nation’s third-least penalized group at 31 yards per recreation. The Solar Devils had been unusually sloppy towards USC, racking up 10 penalties for 99 yards, together with 4 private fouls.
McGRATH STILL KICKING
Chase McGrath earned the beginning kicker’s job at USC as a walk-on popping out of fall camp and it is confirmed to be a smart selection by the Trojans. McGrath made two of three discipline objectives towards Arizona State and is 10 for 13 on the season.
USC hosts Arizona subsequent Saturday with the Pac-12 South lead on the road.
Arizona State hosts Colorado subsequent Saturday.
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