Arizona at USC Postgame Notes
Oct. 11, 2013
Arizona at USC
USC Postgame Notes
USC, in Ed Orgeron's debut as the Trojans' interim head coach, improves to 28-8 against Arizona. USC improved to 15-8-1 when playing its game under a new head coach. Troy has won four such games (including Lane Kiffin in 2010, Pete Carroll in 2001 and Paul Hackett in 1998).
Tonight's game was USC's first-ever non-Thanksgiving/non-bowl Thursday game in the Coliseum. The last time USC played a home game on a Thursday was in 1938 on Thanksgiving, a 42-7 win over UCLA.
Tonight's 38-31 win over Arizona marked the seventh consecutive game in the series decided by seven points or less.
USC's 546 total yards tonight is a season high and marks the third time this year Troy exceeded 500 yards in total offense. Troy has also rushed for at least 200 yards in three of the past four games (249 tonight).
USC WR Nelson Agholor's 62-yard TD reception was a season-long catch and the second-longest of his career (he had a 76-yard TD against Oregon last year).
Agholor's seven receptions were a career best. His 161 receiving yards are a season high and the second time in his career with 100 or more receiving yards (he had a career-best 162 against Oregon last year).
USC So. TB Tre Madden's 63-yard TD reception was his team-best fourth and a career-long catch. The last USC runner who had more TD catches in a season was FB Stanley Havili with five in 2007. The last TB who had more was Reggie Bush with seven in 2004.
USC So. QB Cody Kessler's 62-yard and 63-yard first-quarter TD passes were his second and third-longest completions this season (he had one for 80 to Marqise Lee against Boston College). Kessler finished with a career-best 297 yards passing (previous best was 295 at ASU).
Kessler's 34-yard 3rd-quarter run was a career-best and tied for the second-longest run by a Trojan this season. It was USC's longest run by a quarterback since Carson Palmer scrambled for 54 yards in a win against California in 2001.
The last time USC had two TD passes of at least 62 yards or more in the same game was last year in USC's 62-51 loss to Oregon (76 to Agholor, 75 to Lee).
USC had five players rush for 30 or more yards (Redd-80, Davis-38, Allen-37, Isaac-36 and Kessler-34). It was the first time the Trojans had five players rush for 30 or more yards since 1990 vs. Arizona State (Royster-97, Foley-60, Lockwood-58, Strother-49, Spears-32)
USC Fr. TB Justin Davis' 11-yard second-quarter TD run was his team-best sixth this year. He has had at least one TD run in four of USC's six games, including three at ASU.
USC RS Fr. WR Victor Blackwell made his first career start tonight.
USC Sr. TB Silas Redd made his season debut tonight and finished with a team-best 80 yards on 19 carries.
USC Jr. OLB J.R. Tavai had eight tackles and 2.5 for a loss by halftime and finished with 10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss.
USC So. DE Leonard Williams finished with a team-leading 12 tackles. It was also a season high in tackles by a Trojan.
USC RS Fr. TB Javorius Allen's 20-yard second-quarter run was a career-long. His 1-yard TD plunge in the second quarter and four-yard run in the fourth quarter were his first two TDs of his USC career.
FB Soma Vainuku's second-quarter punt block was USC's first this season.
Fr. TB Ty Isaac's 22-yard third-quarter run was a career-long.
USC has scored at least 36 points in three straight games against Arizona after not having scored more than 24 in the previous five.
USC So. P Kris Albarado finished with four punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey exceeded 100 yards rushing for the eighth game in a row. He had 138 yards rushing but did not score a rushing touchdown, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive games scoring a touchdown.
USC held Arizona scoreless in the first quarter and has allowed just seven points in the first quarter this season.
Arizona's defense came into tonight's contest allowing 14.2 points per game, ninth in the country and second in the Pac-12.
Arizona Postgame Notes