By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
On a chilly 55-degree morning at the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium, the USC Trojans welcomed in Coach Herm Edwards and the Arizona State University Sun Devils to kick-off their season for the first 9 am game for the PAC 12. Between the 12 noon start time on the east coast coupled with the CFB on FOX telecast, the PAC 12 hopes to gain more viewers than they typically would with a 4 pm Pacific Standard Time or a 7:30 PST start time.
Arizona State came out here to play today, they caused 2 turnovers in the first half and another to start the third quarter. They took a 3-point lead into the third quarter and extended that lead to 10 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. They added on to that lead early in the 4th quarter on a 41-yard FG from Cristian Zendejas.
“3 times in the red zone with no points, a year ago we may not win this game.” Explained Coach Helton, but the USC Trojans showed major resolve to complete this comeback, down 2 scores in the fourth quarter. “A game with now fans we need to feed off each other?” Slovis said, of playing with no fans in the stadium. With 3:05 remaining in the game, Kedon Slovis tried to hit Tyler Vaughns in the end zone, but the pass was deflected right into the hands of Bru McCoy from 14 yards out. This brought the Trojans within a single score of the Sun Devils.
What happened next was “Great situational mastery of football,” in the words of Coach Helton. They recover an on sides kick, after their fortunate score, then Kedon Slovis hits London Drake on a 21-yard seam route right on the S in USC in the middle of the end zone, for the go-ahead score, with 1:20 left on the game clock. ASU ran 5 plays and couldn’t move the ball past midfield before giving the ball back to the Trojans, who then sealed the win with a couple kneel-downs in victory formation.
Post-Game Clay Helton said will all sincerity, “that was a major hurdle for us today!” As they look to run the table in the PAC12 south, yet this will be a tough loss to digest for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Kindly share your thoughts on how you saw this gameplay out and do you have faith in the Trojans running the table, by reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or forward any suggestions on what topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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