Pac-12 rewind: USC in control of South after holding off Arizona Wildcats

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 02:04:55 PM. USC has command of the Pac-12 South and can clinch a spot in the conference title game with one more win.
USC's Ronald Jones II and Sam Darnold showed Saturday night in Los Angeles there are other stars to notice in the Pac-12 besides Arizona's Khalil Tate.  Jones in the fourth quarter rushed for 96 yards and two late touchdowns as the Trojans, who allowed Tate and the Wildcats to erase a 22-point deficit in the second half, pulled away for a thrilling 49-35 victory that puts USC in command of the Pac-12 South. Darnold went 20-for-26 for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns, keeping his record as a starter in the Coliseum perfect (11-0). By the time he and the Trojans play there again, they may already be division champions. USC (8-2, 6-1) holds a one-game lead over both Arizona schools, but since they own victories over both all it will take is one more win to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game Dec. 1 in Santa Clara, Calif. USC, which moved up to No. 14 in the new Amway Coaches Top 25 poll, plays at Colorado on Saturday, then finishes at home against cross-town rival UCLA Nov. 18. “We knew we had to win this game,” said Jones, who finished with 194 yards and three touchdowns, and became the first Trojan with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since LenDale White in 2004 and 2005. “We want a championship bad, and we’re going to do anything we have to.” Arizona (6-3, 4-2), which saw its winning streak end at four, scored four touchdowns in about 11 minutes. Tate ended the game with 161 yards rushing and 146 passing. “We got a little momentum going, and our guys made some tremendous...Read more
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