11/15/20 TUCSON, ARIZ - The USC Trojans had to rally in the 4th quarter, with only seconds left in the game, behind Kendon Slovis completing 30 of his 43 passes for 325-yards one touchdown to beat the Arizona Wildcats 34-30.
USC running attack of Markese Stepp 12 carries 84-yards one touchdown Stephen Carr 11 carries 83-yards one touchdown, and Vavae Malepeai 5 carries for 13 yards, and one touchdown played a big part during the Trojans come from behind win in Arizona.
Arizona's first game in the Pac-12 Conference showed what their quarterback Grant Gunnell could do after he completed 24 of his 36 passes for 286-yards three touchdowns and one interception. Gary Brightwell led the Wildcats in rushing carried the ball 21 times for 113-yards.
The Trojans had plenty of chances to put the game away early, but turnovers and penalties in scoring position continue to hunt USC in their first two games, but Slovis has proven to be a leader on the field, and USC continues to find ways to win at the end of games.
"At the end, our kids did what they did last week," Helton said. "When it mattered the most, they never panicked, they showed great poise."
USC scored first in the opening quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Markese Stepp, and the extra points try by Parker Lewis was good as the Trojans led 7-0. Arizona tied the game 7-7 after Jamarye Joiner caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Grant Gunnell. ParkerLewis kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Trojans a 10-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
Arizona would tie the game 10-10 in the second quarter after Lucus Havrisik kicked a 25-yard field goal. The Trojans' Stephen Carr would give the lead back to the Trojans17-10 with his 3-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats would trail the Trojans 17-13 at halftime after Havrisik kicked a 32-yard field goal.
Parker, during the third quarter, would kick another field goal from 28-yards out to increase the Trojans' lead to 20-13. The Wildcats responded by tying the game 20-20 after Tayvian Cunningham's 75-yard touchdown pass from Gunnell.
The Wildcats got their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter, 23-20 after Havrisik, kicked a 51-yard field goal, and Arizona's sideline went crazy. The Trojans would regain the lead 27-23 when Slovis threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to his tight-end Erik Krommenhoek.
With 1:25 seconds left in the game, Arizona took the lead 30-27 when Stanley Berryhill III caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Gunnell. The moment of truth came for USC when Slovis led the Trojans downfield seventy-five yards, and with 25 seconds left in the game, threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Malepeai to give USC a 34-30 win to improve their record to (2-0) in the Pac-12 Conference.
USC can thank their defense for bending, but not breaking holding the Wildcats to field goals instead of touchdowns was a key factor to their second come from behind victory this season.
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