NCAA Game Summary - Arizona at Southern California|
(Saturday, December 5th)
Final Score: Arizona 21, (20) Southern California 17
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Foles led an 80-yard drive and threw a
36-yard touchdown pass to Juron Criner late in the fourth quarter, giving
Arizona a 21-17 victory over 20th-ranked USC in the regular-season finale for
Foles was 22-of-40 passing for 239 yards with two touchdowns and one
interception. Criner caught six passes for 71 yards while Delashaun Dean
hauled in five passes for 58 yards and a score.
Foles also rushed for a score for Arizona (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10), which ended its
schedule on a high note with back-to-back conference wins and beat USC for the
first time in eight tries.
"I don't know what USC is going through, I just know that if you beat them you
have to pretty dog-gone good in a lot of different ways. They're still USC and
to beat them...I'm very proud of our players and coaches for that effort,"
said Arizona head coach Mike Stoops.
The Wildcats' four losses this season came by only 10 or fewer points.
Freshman Matt Barkley completed 20-of-37 passes for 144 yards with one
touchdown and one interception. Allen Bradford ran for 66 yards and a score on
11 touches for USC (8-4, 5-4), which was in unfamiliar territory to close out
its 2009 slate.
The Trojans had won seven straight Pac-10 titles, but had their hopes dashed
for an eighth with an embarrassing 55-21 loss to Stanford back on November 14.
"Definitely with the record and some of the losses we've had, it's very
disappointing," said Barkley of the Trojans season.
USC gained its first lead of the game at 17-14 by taking the ball 56 yards in
12 plays to set up Jordan Congdon's 37-yard field goal just about halfway
through the fourth quarter.
Undeterred, Foles led the Wildcats 80 yards down the field, converting a pair
of third-down plays with 13 and 11-yard pass completions, before hitting
Criner up the left sideline for a 36-yard touchdown and a 21-17 lead with 3:14
The Arizona defense held firm, sacking Barkley on first down for a five-yard
loss. Two incompletions brought up fourth down, and a poorly thrown deep ball
by Barkley over the wrong shoulder of Damian Williams up the seam turned the
ball back over to Arizona with 2:20 left to play.
The Wildcats effectively shed all but three seconds from the clock before
turning it back over to USC on downs. A last-ditch heave from the Trojans' own
21 never materialized as Barkley was blind-sided on an Earl Mitchell sack to
end the game.
Arizona got into the end zone on its second turn with the football, thanks in
large part to a Barkley pass that was picked off by Trevin Wade at the
Trojans' 37. Foles' seven-yard pass to Criner converted a 4th-and-5 play and
Dean's four-yard grab on third down put the Wildcats up 7-0 just over six
A pair of punts followed before USC took over at its own 20 late in the
quarter and embarked on a 13-play scoring drive. Barkley kept it himself to
convert a 3rd-and-1 play early on and found Ronald Johnson for a 16-yard
touchdown to tie the game 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.
Arizona responded by shaving nearly eight minutes off the clock during a 15-
play, 90-yard scoring march that ended with Foles' one-yard keeper for a 14-7
The Wildcats had to convert three third-down plays during the trek, and twice
Foles connected with William Wright for big gains of 26 and 19 yards.
Both offenses hit the skids early in the second half until a Bradford five-
yard touchdown run with 1:46 left in the third quarter capped a 53-yard Trojan
drive and tied the game at 14.
Wright caught five passes for 66 yards in the victory...Keola Antolin led the
Wildcat rushing attack with 51 yards on 13 carries...Williams totaled 51 yards
on eight grabs and Johnson nabbed five passes for 50 yards for the Trojans,
who were outgained 321-282 by Arizona...The Wildcats converted 9-of-17 third
downs while USC was 5-of-13...In regard to the all-time series between USC and
Arizona, the Trojans own a commanding 26-7 advantage.
12/05 23:50:25 ET