Trojans Start Hot And Hangs On

 USC D-lineman Christian Rector (89) Celebrates after a game clinching interception. (Photo Credit: USC Athletics/John McGillen)
USC D-lineman Christian Rector (89) Celebrates after a game clinching interception. (Photo Credit: USC Athletics/John McGillen)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The proud USC football team came out furious. After suffering a lopsided loss to Oregon at the Coliseum the Trojans buckled down and came out smoking in front of 47,404 at Sun Devil Football Stadium on the way to a 31-26 win.

Kendon Slovis had the best quarter during his time at USC throwing for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first quarter. The freshman QB completed his first 11 passes.

He connected with Drake London for an eight yard TD to opening the scoring.

He later found Freshman Kenan Christon on a flair pass for a score. He later connected with Christon on a 58 yarder for a score and he ran away from ASU defenders..

He then hit Amon St. Brown for a 95 yarder that helped in a 28-7 first quarter lead. St. Brown finished the day with 8 catches for 173 yards.

Slois finished the day completing 29 of 39 passes for 477 yards. Even after he spent some time in the med tent getting an IV.

Christon led the ground attack rushing  60 yards on 20 carries.

The win helped the Trojans (6-4, 4-2 PAC-12) stay in contention for the South title. “ Some people want to write us off,” said Head coach Clay Hilton. “But don’t write us off quite yet.”

The defense was led by John Houston with 9 tackles 4 solo- followed by Kanai Mauga eight, six of them solo.

Christian Rector had two but he had many pressures and had the play of the game.  With 25 seconds left Rector put pressure on ASU QB Jay Yellen tip a pass then went and picked it out of the air to secure a Trojan win.       

The Freshman Yellen completed 28 of 44 with 4 TD passes for the Sun Devils (5-4, 2-4 PAC-12). WR Frank Darby had 3 receptions for 88 yards.

 Trojan WR Amon Ra St. Brown (8) on his way for some of his 173 receiving yards. (Photo Credit: USC Athletics/John McGillen)
Trojan WR Amon Ra St. Brown (8) on his way for some of his 173 receiving yards. (Photo Credit: USC Athletics/John McGillen)