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Despite two interceptions by Alford, USC bows to Arizona State, 31-16

The Trojan roller coaster fell earthward again this week despite two interceptions by Xavion Alford. The gulf in yards gained between the two teams (passing – USC: 220, ASU 145; rushing – USC: 92 yards; ASU 282 yards) — especially rushing — goes a long way to explain the game’s final score. Penalties were balanced, down conversions were balanced, time of possession was almost the same. The difference was that the Sun Devils ran like the devil and turned that yardage into points on the scoreboard.

The USC Trojan quarterback puzzle continued, with Kedon Slovis and Jaxson Dart taking turns at not playing up to potential. Each threw an interception, and neither racked up many yards in the air, although Slovis completed twice as many passes for almost twice as many yards.

Injured in last week’s game against Arizona, Trojan wideout Drake London has been confirmed to have broken his ankle and will be for the remainder of the season.

This week, the UCLA Bruins have a bye week. Next week the Trojans will play on the road at Berkeley.

USC football schedule

Opponent Date and Time Location W|L Score
San José State Sep 4 (Sat) 2 p.m. PT Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum W 30-7
Stanford Sep 11 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. PT

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 28-42
at Washington State Sep 18 (Sat) 12:30 p.m. PT Pullman, WA W 45-14
Oregon State Sep 25 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 45-27
at Colorado Oct 2 (Sat) TBD Boulder, CO W 14-37
Utah Oct 9 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 42-26
at Notre Dame Oct 23 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. PT Notre Dame, IN L 16-31
Arizona Oct 30 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum W 34-41
at Arizona State Nov 6 (Sat) TBD Tempe, AZ L 31-16
at California Nov 13 (Sat) TBD Berkeley, CA    
UCLA Nov 20 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    
vs Brigham Young Nov 27 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    
Pac-12 Championship Dec. 3 TBD Las Vegas, NV