NCAAF Game Recap - Arizona at USC
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

USC 41, Arizona 14

Oct 19, 2019, 9:30 PM EDT

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USC (4-3)

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10

14

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Kedon Slovis and USC defense lead 41-14 win over Arizona
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:19 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kenan Christon only got in the game because the first three tailbacks on Southern California's depth chart were all hurt and the fourth-stringer had just fumbled.

With the eye-popping speed that made him California's 100-meter high school champion last May, the freshman scored two blazing touchdowns to clinch a blowout win over Arizona.

Although the Trojans are barely outrunning their injury woes, they've still got talent that can burn. They're also still leading the Pac-12 South after a 41-14 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday night.

Christon rushed for 88 of his 103 yards in the fourth quarter of an electrifying debut for the Trojans (4-3, 3-1 Pac-12). The San Diego native flew past the Arizona secondary on a 55-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter, and he added a 30-yard TD sprint down the middle less than five minutes later.

"There's a lot of great football players on this team, so it's hard to judge his speed," USC coach Clay Helton said. "But it's nice to have that feeling and know that when the play breaks, if he's even, he's leavin'."

Kedon Slovis threw touchdown passes to Michael Pittman Jr. and Tyler Vaughns as USC remained unbeaten at the Coliseum this season and atop the division alongside Utah, which lost to USC last month.

Although Christon provided the fireworks, USC beat Arizona for the seventh straight time mostly because of a dominant defensive performance against Khalil Tate and the Wildcats (4-3, 2-2), holding them to 167 yards and no points in the first three quarters.

"I believe our defense is all together, so when one makes a play, everybody makes a play," said USC linebacker Kana'i Mauga, who had 13 tackles and an interception in a breakthrough performance. "Everybody was hype on the sideline. It was a great atmosphere."

Tate passed for 47 yards and was sacked six times before touted freshman Grant Gunnell replaced him in the third quarter for the Wildcats, who have lost two straight after a four-game winning streak. USC led 34-0 before Brian Casteel took a short pass from Gunnell 56 yards for Arizona's first points with 12:12 to play.

Gunnell passed for 196 yards and hit Casteel for two touchdowns long after the game was decided.

"We couldn't protect tonight," Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. "They got pressure on us even without blitzing. We've got to be able to run the ball more effectively. We weren't consistent enough."

INJURIES MOUNT

Slovis passed for 232 yards without a turnover as USC won easily despite six more significant injuries for a team that has already used three quarterbacks this season.

The Trojans began the night without their top three cornerbacks and defensive end Christian Rector due to injury, and they lost top safety Talanoa Hufanga to a shoulder injury in the first half and star freshman defensive end Drake Jackson to an ankle injury in the second half. Running backs Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Markese Stepp (ankle) also picked up injuries during the game.

Enter Christon, who looked ready for the spotlight while taking handoffs from Slovis, whose freshman breakthrough performance due to an injury occurred just six weeks ago.

"I just followed my blockers and the O-line opened up a huge hole for me," Christon said of his first TD run.

DEFENSE DOMINATES

USC's defense caused constant problems for Tate from the opening drive, and the Trojans scored their first 10 points on short fields created by Arizona turnovers. Stepp then capped an 87-yard drive by scoring from 12 yards out to put USC up 17-0 shortly before halftime.

Gunnell threw an interception shortly after relieving Tate, leading to three more points for USC.

"We just didn't connect as a unit," said Arizona running back J.J. Taylor, who rushed for 80 yards. "We've got to put everything together to be successful. We've just got to game-plan better for next time."

0 FOR LA

Tate missed his final chance to beat USC during his career with the Wildcats out of nearby Serra High, a hotbed for Trojans talent. The Inglewood native made his first career start against USC as a 17-year-old freshman, but failed in four opportunities for a win over his hometown program.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona: Sumlin said immediately after the game that Tate will start next week, but the Wildcats have a decision to make at the position soon. Tate's struggles in Los Angeles obviously weren't entirely his fault, but Gunnell is the future for a program that might need to move on from Tate's thrilling, but not incredibly successful, tenure.

USC: The Trojans have plenty of work to do, but they're still in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 South with their win over Utah. Injuries could be the biggest obstacle between USC and the league title game, but the Trojans looked fairly sharp while moving one step closer.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Another trip to California to face struggling Stanford on Saturday.

USC: A short week of preparation for a trip to snowy Colorado on Friday night.

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Passing

Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Joiner 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
G. Gunnell 26 16 61.5 2 196 56 1 94.4
USC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Slovis 28 19 67.9 2 232 54 0 117.0
M. Fink 2 2 100.0 0 15 9 0 97.9

Rushing

Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 16 80 5.0 15 0
N. Tilford 7 61 8.7 21 0
USC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Christon 8 103 12.9 55 2
M. Stepp 13 66 5.1 14 1

Receiving

Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Casteel 5 105 21.0 56 2
J. Joiner 2 28 14.0 18 0
USC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Vaughns 7 73 10.4 30 1
M. Pittman Jr. 4 69 17.3 54 1

Fumbles

Ariz F FL
B. Casteel 1 1
S. Berryhill III 1 1
USC F FL
T. Vaughns 1 0

Returning

Ariz KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Taylor 4 25.0 0 32 0 - 0 0
S. Berryhill III 0 - 0 0 2 -0.5 0 2
USC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Vaughns 1 10.0 0 10 3 6.3 0 10
V. Jones Jr. 1 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Aragon 7 250 35.7 53
USC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Griffiths 6 266 44.3 55

Takeaways

USC Int Yds InTD
K. Mauga 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ariz USC
Points For 14 41
Total Yards 385 448
Rushing Yards 138 201
Passing Yards 247 247
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/38 21/30
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 2/1
First Downs 22 16
Penalties - Yards 5/31 10/100
Time Of Possession 2:02 58:58
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/16 7/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/36 6/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ariz USC
USC 6:58 FG Chase McGrath 31 yd FG 0 3
USC 14:37 TD Michael Pittman Jr. 9 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 0 10
2nd Quarter Ariz USC
USC 13:53 TD Markese Stepp 12 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 17
3rd Quarter Ariz USC
USC 6:32 FG Chase McGrath 38 yd FG 0 20
USC 11:31 TD Tyler Vaughns 5 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 0 27
4th Quarter Ariz USC
USC 1:47 TD Kenan Christon 55 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 34
Ariz 2:48 TD Brian Casteel 56 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 7 34
USC 6:40 TD Kenan Christon 30 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 41
Ariz 14:32 TD Brian Casteel 27 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 14 41

Game Information

Stadium: United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 53,826
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