Arizona at USC Postgame Notes

    Oct. 11, 2013

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    Arizona at USC
    Thursday, Oct. 10
    Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

    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

    • Arizona's 14 unanswered points to close the game brought the final margin to seven points. Each of the last seven games in the series has been decided by a touchdown or less.
    • Arizona's offense set season highs for total offense (508 yards), passing yards (363) and tied its season high with 25 first downs.
    • Arizona's defense surrendered season-highs for total offense (546 yards), passing yards (297), rushing yards (249), first downs (27) and points (38).
    • Quarterback B.J. Denker broke the 300-yard mark for the first time in his career and set a career single-game high with four touchdown passes. Denker also set career-bests for pass attempts and completions as he finished the game 28-of-44 for 363 yards. He did not throw an interception.
    • Denker had established a new career high for passing yards by halftime (209).
    • Denker completed touchdown passes of 57 yards (to Nate Phillips), 45 yards (to Garic Wharton), nine yards (to David Richards) and 28 yards (to Wharton). He career-long pass completion was 31 yards entering the game.
    • The 57-yard pass reception by Phillips and the 45-yarder by Wharton set career-highs for longest reception, respectively.
    • Running back Ka'Deem Carey broke the 100-yard mark for the eighth-straight game and did so for the 12th time in the last 13 games. Carey finished the game with 138 yards on 21 carries.
    • Carey saw a personal streak of 12-consecutive games with a touchdown snapped. He has still scored a touchdown in 17 of his last 19 games played.
    • Carey amassed 174 all-purpose yards to top the 150-yard mark for an eighth-straight game played.
    • Senior Terrence Miller hauled in a season-high six passes for another season-high of 76 yards.
    • True freshman receiver Samajie Grant had a career-best six receptions for 33 yards.
    • For the fifth-straight game, Arizona started the same 11 players on defense.
    • Drew Riggleman's 58-yard punt in the third quarter was the longest of his career.
    • The Wildcats lost for only the second time (9-2) when winning or tying the turnover battle under head coach Rich Rodriguez. Neither team turned the ball over.
    • Arizona failed to intercept a pass for the first time this season.
    • The Wildcats were penalized five times for 52 yards - the second-most in five games this season.