Defense rebounds to power Trojans past Sun Devils

USC, Taylor Mays, Arizona State
It wasn’t pretty, and at times scary, but the Trojans managed to escape the desert with a 14-9 victory.  Rebounding from the worst loss of Pete Carroll’s tenure a week ago, USC found themselves in a defensive shoving match and emerged as the last man standing.

Arizona State’s defense lived up to its billing, and fortunate for the USC, so did its offense.  The Sun Devils took the opening kickoff and quickly pushed to the USC 12-yard line on nine plays .  It had the look and feel of “here we go again”, after watching Oregon have its way with the Trojans defense last week.  But USC got a break, which proved to be huge in the end, when Cameron Marshall fumbled and Josh Pinkard recovered to kill the drive.

The defense would then clamp down, stifling the Devils and forcing Dennis Erickson to play his hand with a quarterback change.  Osweiler proved to be just as ineffective as the starting Danny Sullivan, as USC limited Arizona State to just a single touchdown, while forcing 4 turnovers.

The Trojan offense needed every bit of help that the defense could offer.  They sputtered for 4 quarters, with Matt Barkley completing just 7 of 22 passes.  Damian Williams provided the only offensive highlight, and only offensive score, turning a short pass into a 75-yard touchdown run.  Cornerback Will Harris accounted for the other Trojans touchdown, with a 55 yard interception return for score before the end of the first half.

USC managed to avoid Arizona State’s upset bid, but they did lose more bodies.  An ankle injury kept Damian Williams from finishing the game, and Joe McKnight also hobbled off in the fourth.  During the crucial  stretch run, USC played without the services of any starting receivers, the starting running back, starting tight end, and starting fullback.

The Devils dominated this game on paper, but still came up empty.  As well as both defenses played, USC assisted their opponent with 98 yards worth of penalties.  Arizona Sate countered  those generous mishaps with costly interceptions and a fumble to let the visitors off the hook.  The Trojans now have a week to get healthy and prepare to play a red hot Stanford team that defeated Oregon earlier in the day.

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~ by Anthony on November 8, 2009.

One Response to “Defense rebounds to power Trojans past Sun Devils”

  1. […] Arizona Sate countered those generous mishaps with costly interceptions and a fumble to let the visitors off the hook. The Trojans now have a week to get healthy and prepare to play a red hot Stanford team that defeated Oregon earlier …Read More […]

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