USC Upends Arizona at the Coliseum

 Markese Stepp (30) Runs for some of his 66 yards on 13 carries. (Earl Heath Photo)
Markese Stepp (30) Runs for some of his 66 yards on 13 carries. (Earl Heath Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

All home comings are not perfect but, USC tried to make it that way with a 41-14 win over Arizona at the Coliseum in front of an announced crowd of 53,826.

The Trojans (4-3, 3-1 Pac 12) capitalized on five Arizona  turnovers jumping out to a 17-0 halftime lead.

Kedon Slovis connected on 19 of 28 for 232 yards and two touchdowns. One was to Michael Pittman Jr. who had 4 catches for 69 yards and another to Tyler Vaughns (7 catches for 73 yards).

Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Markese Stepp (ankle) both left the game. The true Freshman Kenan Christon  got things going in the fourth quarter touchdown run giving the Trojans a 34-0 lead with a 55 yard run. 

Christon finished the day with 103 yards on 8 carries to lead USC in rushing. John Houston Jr. and Kanai Mauga led the defense with 5 tackles each that gave up just 278 yards. 

Kahalil Tate (Serra High /Gardena) was held in check by the Trojan Defense completing just six of ten passes for 47 yards in the first half. He was sacked six times and did not play the second half. This was the second straight week Tate had trouble moving the offense.

He was replaced by freshman Grant Gunnel who delivered completing 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception for the Wildcats 4-3, (2-2 PAC-12). Gunnell had started Sept 28 for the injured Tate in a win over UCLA.

“There’s no quarterback controversy right now,” said Wildcats Head coach Kevin Sumlin. “We are moving on from this the depth chart is still the same.”  

U of A’s  JJ. Taylor (Centennial High/Corona) had 80 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also had 100 yards on 4 kick-off returns.

The Wildcats host Stanford next on Sat. USC plays at Colorado this upcoming Friday. The Trojans had several injuries including safety Talanao Hufungo (shoulder), Drake Jackson (ankle), WR Munir McClain (knee) and Drake Jackson (Ankle)