GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 45, Arizona 37

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Caleb Williams threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 10 Southern California scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to outlast Arizona 45-37.

The Trojans (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) had an extra week to shake off their first loss of the season, an emotional 43-42 setback at No. 14 Utah.

USC fought off some early missed opportunities - one caused by the officials - against Arizona, racking up 621 total yards to match its best start since 2008. The Trojans have won 10 straight against Arizona.

The Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) nearly kept up with USC offensively, finishing with 543 total yards. Defensively, they struggled with missed tackles and allowed USC to convert 11 of 17 on third down.

Jayden de Laura threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns to Dorian Singer, the last a 5-yarder that cut USC's lead to 45-37 with 1:26 left. USC recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

Arizona kept it close most of the night.

Singer had a spectacular 23-yard touchdown catch from de Laura, fending off a defender to snare it one-handed, and Tyler Loop kicked two field goals.

Williams had a pair of first-half touchdown passes, but the Trojans also missed on some good scoring opportunities.

USC settled for a field goal on its first drive and Denis Lynch missed badly on a 56-yard attempt after Williams' 30-yd TD pass to Terrell Bynum was called back by a holding penalty.

USC appeared to be in good position for more points just before halftime when Williams hit Rice on a 33-yard pass to Arizona's 10. Instead, the officials started the clock before spotting the ball and Williams couldn't spike it before time ran out, leaving USC coach Lincoln Riley incensed.

Williams found Tahj Washington on a 3-yard touchdown to open the third quarter, then found him again on a 47-yard score as he was being hit to put USC up 31-16.

Arizona rallied, closing to 31-29 on de Laura's 19-yard TD pass and Michael Wiley's 10-yard TD run on an option.

USC finally stretched the lead after that. Williams hit Kyle Ford on a 5-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter and Travis Dye leaped in for a 2-yard TD run to make it 45-29.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC had a hard time shaking the Wildcats and had some breakdowns defensively with several key players out, but pulled out a tough road win to stay in the thick of the Pac-12 Championship race.

Arizona was able to keep it close most of the night behind de Laura and the offense. The Wildcats' defense, a weak spot most of the season, let the upset slip through their fingers.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USCAri
USC FG 10:56 Denis Lynch 45 yard field goal 3 0
Ari TD 7:01 Dorian Singer 23 yard TD pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop Extra Point) 3 7
USC TD 2:57 Raleek Brown 6 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 10 7
Ari FG 0:49 Tyler Loop 42 yard field goal 10 10
Second Quarter USCAri
USC TD 12:33 Brenden Rice 2 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 17 10
Ari FG 6:59 Tyler Loop 25 yard field goal 17 13
Third Quarter USCAri
Ari FG 12:07 Tyler Loop 29 yard field goal 17 16
USC TD 10:58 Tahj Washington 5 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 24 16
USC TD 5:08 Tahj Washington 47 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 31 16
Ari TD 3:58 Dorian Singer 19 yard TD pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop Extra Point) 31 23
Ari TD 1:42 Michael Wiley 10 yard TD run (Tetairoa McMillan 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 31 29
Fourth Quarter USCAri
USC TD 13:38 Kyle Ford 5 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 38 29
USC TD 6:24 Travis Dye 2 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 45 29
Ari TD 1:26 Dorian Singer 5 yard TD pass from Jayden de Laura (Jacob Cowing 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 45 37
Team Stats
  USC Arizona
First downs 26 27
  Rushing 10 10
  Passing 13 14
  Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Efficiency 11-17, 65% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 32-210 26-163
Passing Yards 411 380
Return Yards 27 26
Completions-Attempts-Int 31-45-0 26-43-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-22
Punts 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-51 8-76
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 31 45 411 5 0
Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. de Laura 26 43 380 3 1
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Dye 21 118 5.6 1
M. Jackson III 1 53 53.0 0
A. Jones 4 22 5.5 0
C. Williams 5 12 2.4 0
J. Falo 1 5 5.0 0
Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. de Laura 8 54 6.8 0
M. Wiley 10 49 4.9 1
D. Williams 6 43 7.2 0
A. Simpson 1 11 11.0 0
J. Coleman 1 6 6.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Washington 7 118 16.9 2
K. Ford 6 114 19.0 1
B. Rice 5 62 12.4 1
T. Bynum 3 29 9.7 0
K. Hudson 2 26 13.0 0
M. Jackson III 3 19 6.3 0
T. Dye 2 19 9.5 0
C. Williams 1 14 14.0 0
R. Brown 1 6 6.0 1
J. Falo 1 4 4.0 0
Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Singer 7 141 20.1 3
J. Cowing 7 80 11.4 0
T. McMillan 3 62 20.7 0
M. Wiley 4 39 9.8 0
T. McLachlan 2 30 15.0 0
D. Williams 2 27 13.5 0
A. Simpson 1 1 1.0 0
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Shaw 1 17
Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 1 27 27.0
Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ostendorp 1 51 51.0
J. de Laura 1 35 35.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jackson III 1 10 10.0
Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hudson 1 0 0
Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Simpson 2 26 13.0
W. Uhrich 1 0 0
USC Missed FG
Player Length
D. Lynch 56
D. Lynch 39
Arizona Missed FG
Player Length




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