Ahead of the season, many believed Saturday’s game between Arizona State and USC could determine the Pac-12 South champion.
Could this now determine the fate of ASU coaching staff?
The Herm Edwards Sun Devils just suffered an abysmal 34-21 Homecoming loss to Washington State after laying a second-half egg against Utah the week before.
Will ASU bounce back with a better performance against USC, who have been plagued by their own inconsistency issues this season (and have already fired their head coach)?
Follow our updates on the game.
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Rachaad White does it again for ASU
ASU running back Rachaad White ran for 47 yards in the first half.
He gave ASU the 24-16 lead in the fourth quarter with a 50-yard rush against USC.
White’s run capped an eight-play, 80-yard practice that was 3:12 behind the clock.
There is 8h13 left to play.
White now has 21 carries for 175 yards and both touchdowns.
Goal: ASU 24, USC 16
ASU couldn’t do anything on their next possession, coming back to three and out, but the defense strengthened and forced USC to three and out on their next possession as well, giving the ball back to the Sun Devils. with 11:24 left in the fourth quarter.
USC’s two-quarter rotation doesn’t seem to help the Trojans. The rotation does not seem to have order as Kedon Slovis or Jaxson Dart do not change possession evenly.
Slovis is 15-for-25 for 124 yards and an interception.
Dart is 6-for-11 for 56 yards.
ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels threw his second interception of the game on a pass that was thrown behind his wide receiver at the end of the third quarter at the USC 49-yard line.
Daniels is 9-for-16 for 124 yards, with both interceptions.
Daniels now has seven touchdown passes and seven pitched interceptions this season.
The Sun Devils were able to force the Trojans to kick a punt after the interception with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Trojans closed 17-16 on a 52-yard field goal from Parker Lewis with 3:09 left in the third quarter.
USC training spanned nine plays and 41 yards and took 5:08 on the clock.
Lewis, a Scottsdale Saguaro High product, is 3-4 on field goals in the game.
ASU went 3-and-out on previous possession.
The Sun Devils moved away from the ball in the second half. Will they try to get back to establishing it now?
Goal: ASU 17, USC 16
The Sun Devils tallied 7 plays and 64 yards to open the third quarter, scoring on a 29-yard field goal from Cristian Zendejas to take a 17-10 lead.
The Trojans responded with a Parker Lewis field goal for 45 yards to move closer to 17-13.
The USC scoring campaign took 8 plays and totaled 47 yards and came in with 9:17 left in the third quarter.
Goal: ASU 17, USC 13
Kedon Slovis returned to the game as a quarterback for USC and ASU forced the Trojans to punt, but the Sun Devils’ Jayden Daniels threw an interception on Arizona State’s next possession.
USC’s Parker Lewis missed a 51-yard field goal on USC’s next possession with 19 seconds left in the first half and ASU ended the half with a knee.
The Sun Devils will receive the ball to start the second half.
ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels was 7-for-9 for 85 yards in the first half, throwing an interception.
Rachaad White was the star of the Sun Devils, rushing 11 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Kedon Slovis went 11 for 21 for 89 yards and an interception for USC in the first two quarters and Jaxson Dart was 3 for 6 for 24 yards.
ASU recorded two turnovers in the first half, but the Sun Devils looked much better overall than in the game against Washington State last week.
Can they put together a solid second half to end their two-game losing streak?
ASU running back Rachaad White put ASU in the lead against USC with a 47-yard rush for a touchdown with 7:35 left in the second quarter.
ASU’s goal push took just three games: a 2-yard run from Jayden Daniels, a 26-yard pass from Daniels to White, and an impressive run from White.
Practice traveled 75 yards and took just 1:04 on the clock, giving the Sun Devils a 14-10 lead with 7:35 left in the second quarter.
Goal: ASU 14, USC 10
DeaMonte Trayanum ran 16 yards to ASU 43 on ASU’s lone play of the next possession before fumbling for the ball.
ASU intercepted USC’s Jaxson Dart in the end zone in the ensuing USC push, but the interception was overruled by another penalty against the Sun Devils.
Dart managed to get the ball into the end zone nine yards a few plays later for the touchdown to give USC a 10-7 lead with 8:39 left in the second quarter.
USC’s practice was six plays and 43 yards.
Key ASU defensive player Deandre Pierce left the game with an injury on the journey.
Goal: USC 10, ASU 7
The Trojans brought Jaxson Dart to QB after the ASU score, replacing starting QB Kedon Slovis, a Scottsdale Desert Mountain High alum.
Slovis was 5-for-10 for 54 yards and an interception in the first quarter.
Dart helped the Trojans level the game as USC broke through and scored 7-3 with a 38-yard field goal from Parker Lewis (who went to Scottsdale Saguaro High).
The USC drive was 10 plays and 54 yards and took 4:30.
Dart went 1 for 4 for 14 yards on the drive.
Three ASU penalties helped USC.
Goal: ASU 7, USC 3
The Sun Devils scored on their second possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead over USC with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.
The ASU touchdown came on a 14-yard run by running back DeaMonte Trayanum to cap a 94-yard run in 12 games that took nearly six minutes on the clock.
Jayden Daniels completed a key pass to Bryan Thompson for 11 yards at USC 21 for a first down on a fourth and three plays to keep the Sun Devils’ run alive.
ASU’s score came after a very slow start to the game.
ASU intercepted USC quarterback Kedon Slovis in the game’s opener but had to punt after losing three goals in his first possession.
USC were forced to kick after seven games in their second possession.
Goal: ASU 7, USC 0
A fox briefly delayed the ASU soccer game against USC twice during the first quarter of their game at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday.
The fox also ran into the stands during the match and eventually came out through the tunnel onto the field.
The fox quickly captured the attention of viewers of the show.
ASU full-back Case Hatch and cornerback Jack Jones are not dressed for the game and wide receiver Johnny Wilson is also out for the Sun Devils.
USC will be without DE Nick Figueroa, who was a high school teammate with ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels at San Bernardino Cajon High, and left tackle Courtland Ford.
The Arizona State football team announced its uniform suit for Saturday’s “Salute to Service” game against USC.
The team goes for an almost complete gold look, while paying homage to former ASU star Pat Tillman.
The jersey is in gold with brown numbers and letters with a brown and gold flag on the sleeves.
The pants are gold. The studs are gold. The socks are golden.
Do you feel a theme?
The helmet is also in gold, with a brown stripe down the middle and a PT42 sticker on the side, in honor of Tillman, who died in Afghanistan while serving in the US military.
You can read more about the uniform suit of ASU vs USC (and get a reaction to the look) here.
USC vs ASU TV news
The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
Dave Flemming is expected to provide play-by-play for the ESPN broadcast, with Rod Gilmore as analyst.
Arizona State fans can stream the game on ESPN 620 AM while USC fans can find it on 790 AM KABC.
Interestingly, ASU secondary reporter Jordan Simone will not participate in the radio call on Saturday after he tweeted that he had been fired from his job for comments he made on a recent podcast.
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ASU appear to have the edge in the top picks and predictions for the game, with many believing the Sun Devils will bounce back against the Trojans.
ESPN rates ASU’s odds of winning at 63.3%.
Numberfire rates the Sun Devils’ probability of winning at 90.8%. Yes, 90.8%.
The Tipico Sportsbook line for the game has Arizona State as a 9.5 favorite.
Michelle Gardner of the Republic of Arizona previewed and predicted the game in her ASU scout report against USC.
Click here for more picks and predictions for the Pac-12 contest.
It’s been an eventful week for the Sun Devils since their loss to Washington State, with many calling for the sacking of Herm Edwards (as well as athletic director Ray Anderson).
A broadcaster on the team was also apparently fired for comments he made on the state of the program.
Here are some stories to catch up on before the ASU vs. USC game begins.
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