By GREG BEACHAM, AP Game writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Drake London caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 to play, and No. 20 Southern California rallied from a 13-point loss to a 28-27 win over Arizona State in the Pac on Saturday did. Long delayed opener of -12.
Brough McCoy caught a defended 26-yard TD pass with 2:52 left for the Trojans (1-0), and Max Williams recovered the onside kick. On fourth-and-9, Kadon Slovis fired a pass through the middle for London, and the two-sport athlete defeated dual coverage for an electrifying score.
USC’s defense shut down Arizona State (0-1) near midfield with 50 seconds left and a shocking comeback for the ever-present coach Clay Helton’s team.
Until their rally, the Trojans struggled through a game that began at 9 p.m. USC agreed to its initial kickoff in at least 70 years for a national television audience, but it looked like another embarrassment for Helton and Trojan – before it suddenly turned into an exciting win.
Slovak gained 381 yards for USC, while Stephen Carr and Marcus Step scored in the first half. London also caught eight passes for 125 yards, but the Trojans finished after executing three nuances and landed the ball twice more – all inside ASU territory.
Freshman DeMonte Trianum rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, while Rachad White welcomed an equally strong 55-yard TD to the Sun Devils for coach Herm Edwards and new offensive coordinator Zuck Hill Were close to a spectacular victory. .
Jayden Daniels ran for 134 yards and ran for 111 more, but the Sun Devils’ star quarterback threw four straight imperfections to end his last-ditch drive.
New Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was also on the verge of a strong start before breaking through the Trojans.
The USC defense had a good start under new coordinator Todd Orlando, but the Sun Devils showed a knack for big plays like White’s extraordinary run to score on simple screen passes in the second quarter.
Despite trailing the Sun Devils, USC trailed 17-14 at halftime. The Trojans made a stumble at the goal line by Vawe Malpei and later stalled on the down near midfield. Slovis threw an interception with the Trojans in field-goal range just before the break.
Trayanam’s second TD ejected from a run of 17 yards, which led the Surya Devils to 24-14 midway from the third quarter.
It had its biggest moment shortly after Arizona State’s defense, which halted two running plays by the Trojans for a no-down turnover from the Sun Devils 6.
Steppe then finished 6:04 at ASU 23, but the Trojans’ offense finally took a break when McCoy made his first career TD catch when a Contestant pass appeared directly in the end zone.
Arizona State: The first 57 minutes will ease the pain of the final three. Edwards’ overhaul of his coaching staff still appeared to pay off, and the Sun Devils controlled Scramz’s line until late.
USC: Helton would take a big sigh of relief once his players got together at the last possible moment, but the fact that USC’s lines both clashed would be a problem. There were also glimpses of the Trojans’ mistakes and mistakes, but they would only reduce the celebration a little.
The Trojans won, but did little to encourage confidence in their ability to contend for the Pac-12 title. They would likely remain on the ranks, but would require a more inspiring win.
Arizona State: The home opener against California next Saturday, if the Golden Bears have no concern for coronovirus.
USC: Next Saturday in Arizona.
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