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No. 15 USC clinches Pac-12 South in 38-24 win over Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Sam Darnold has seen plenty of what cornerback Ajene Harris can do in practice. He's just thankful he doesn't have to face him when it counts.

Darnold tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another , Harris intercepted two passes, including one he returned for a score, and No. 15 Southern California beat Colorado 38-24 on Saturday to wrap up the Pac-12 South title.

''Always good to have someone like him on defense,'' Darnold said.

The same can be said of Darnold - on offense, of course - after he threw for 329 yards and improved to 18-3 as a starter.

''I've really enjoyed his leadership, whether it's good times or bad,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''When you're the quarterback at USC and to have that much pressure on you and do it with so much class and character on a weekly basis, whether things are going good or bad, and perform for his brothers? He's the definition of believing in the team's success over individual success.''

USC (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12, CFP No. 11) led 27-0 in the third quarter, but needed to weather a late Colorado comeback. The Trojans blocked two field goals to move to 12-0 against the Buffaloes (5-6, 2-6).

Juwann Winfree had a big day for Colorado by hauling in TD passes of 79 and 57 yards. Steven Montez was tackled on a fourth down play near the USC goal line on Colorado's final possession with just over a minute remaining. Montez said he thought it was first down. The confusion stemmed from the fact Montez thought the Buffs picked up the first down.

''It was fourth down - all the way,'' Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. ''I don't know.''

A pivotal play in the game was when Colorado tried to get something going with about a minute left before halftime and down 14-0. Montez forced a pass to the outside that Harris stepped in front of, tip-toed along the out-of-bounds line and headed into the end zone.

Harris had another interception in the fourth quarter that nearly went for a score. As he was being tackled, Harris pitched the ball to Marvell Tell III, who took it about 27 yards for a TD. The replay booth took a look and ruled that Harris' knee was down before the pitch.

''It would've been real sweet for the whole squad,'' Harris said. ''What a great win for us.''

USC will play in the conference title game on Dec. 1 in Santa Clara, California. The representative from the north remains up in the air.

''There's still a lot out there that we have to get ready for,'' Helton said. ''We're going to celebrate tonight and go back to work tomorrow.''

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: This should please Helton - the Trojans turned in big plays on offense, defense and special teams. This should not - a blocked punt that set up a short score by Phillip Lindsay to make it 27-14 in the third quarter.

Colorado: The Buffaloes remain a win away from reaching bowl eligibility for a second straight season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

USC will be trending up after turning in a dominant first half and something less than that in the second.

LOTS OF PRODUCTION

Darnold had four receivers with 59 yards or more yards.

''Finally starting to get a good groove and rhythm with my receivers,'' Darnold said. ''It's really comforting.''

LINDSAY'S IMPACT

Asked what he will remember about Lindsay's time with Colorado after the tailback's final home game, MacIntyre just laughed.

''We got all night?'' MacIntyre said. ''His inner drive is probably the best I've ever seen and been around.''

A NICE RING

Colorado linebacker Trent Headley trotted out to the field on senior day, dropped to a knee near his cheerleader girlfriend and asked her to marry him . She said yes.

THIS & THAT

Ronald Jones II had 142 yards to move past Mike Garrett for sixth place on the Trojans' all-time rushing list. ... Trojans PK Chase McGrath missed a 40-yard field goal and an extra point. ... The last time USC blocked two field goals in a game was Nov. 4, 2011, against Colorado.

UP NEXT

USC: Closes out the regular season against UCLA.

Colorado: After a bye week, travels to Utah on Nov. 25. The Buffs are 32-28-3 all-time against the Utes.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:35
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
24
Touchdown 7:35
12-S.Montez complete to 9-J.Winfree. 9-J.Winfree runs 57 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:21
pos
38
23
Two Point Conversion 8:56
14-S.Darnold complete to 84-E.Krommenhoek. 84-E.Krommenhoek to COL End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
17
Touchdown 8:56
25-R.Jones runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
72
yds
03:40
pos
36
17
Field Goal 12:48
48-J.Stefanou 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
53
yds
01:35
pos
30
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:16
40-C.McGrath 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
52
yds
03:06
pos
30
14
Point After TD 5:30
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
14
Touchdown 5:30
23-P.Lindsay runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
1
yds
00:53
pos
27
13
Point After TD 8:34
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
7
Touchdown 8:34
12-S.Montez complete to 9-J.Winfree. 9-J.Winfree runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
82
yds
00:35
pos
27
6
Point After TD 9:14
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
0
Touchdown 9:14
14-S.Darnold runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
78
yds
02:32
pos
26
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 0:19
40-C.McGrath extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
20
0
Touchdown 0:28
12-S.Montez incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 27-A.Harris at COL 34. 27-A.Harris runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
34
yds
0:00
pos
20
0
Point After TD 7:51
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 7:51
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
99
yds
03:17
pos
13
0
Point After TD 11:59
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:59
14-S.Darnold complete to 6-M.Pittman. 6-M.Pittman runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
60
yds
02:43
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 23
Rushing 9 7
Passing 13 15
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-14 5-17
4th Down Conv 1-3 2-5
Total Net Yards 522 476
Total Plays 72 83
Avg Gain 7.3 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 193 110
Rush Attempts 38 34
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 3.2
Net Yards Passing 329 366
Comp. - Att. 21-34 27-49
Yards Per Pass 9.7 7.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-10
Penalties - Yards 9-79 4-45
Touchdowns 5 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 3-44.7 3-44.7
Return Yards 98 99
Punts - Returns 1-9 1-33
Kickoffs - Returns 2-54 3-66
Int. - Returns 2-35 0-0
Kicking 4/6 4/6
Extra Points 3/4 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/3
Safeties 0 0
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Colorado 5-6 00141024
329 PASS YDS 366
193 RUSH YDS 110
522 TOTAL YDS 476
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 329 2 0 162.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.4% 3198 24 11 148.5
S. Darnold 21/34 329 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 142 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
184 1224 14
R. Jones II 25 142 1 25
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 89 4
S. Darnold 3 31 1 24
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 252 0
V. Malepeai 3 10 0 5
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 232 1
A. Ware 2 7 0 7
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Greene 1 4 0 4
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 15 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 91 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 522 4
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 91 0 30
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 90 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 627 4
T. Vaughns 5 90 0 29
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 79 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
69 911 9
D. Burnett 6 79 1 37
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 182 1
M. Pittman Jr. 4 59 1 32
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 159 1
R. Jones II 1 6 0 6
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 46 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 4 0 4
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 292 3
T. Petite 0 0 0 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
J. Houston Jr. 9-1 0.0 0
I. Langley 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
I. Langley 8-0 0.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
U. Nwosu 5-0 0.0 0
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
A. Harris 5-0 0.0 2
J. Iosefa 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Iosefa 4-0 0.0 0
C. Hawkins 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
C. Hawkins 4-1 0.0 0
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
M. Tell III 3-1 0.0 0
M. Lopes 37 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Lopes 2-0 0.0 0
M. Dorton 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Dorton 2-1 0.0 0
C. Rector 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
C. Rector 2-0 1.0 0
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 4 0.0
Ja. Jones 2-1 0.0 0
B. Pili 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Pili 2-0 0.0 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
Ca. Smith 1-2 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Green 1-0 1.0 0
L. Jimmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
L. Jimmons 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/4
SEASON FG XP
11/15 49/50
C. McGrath 1/2 26 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 44.4 3
R. Budrovich 3 44.7 3 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 31.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 31 0
Ja. Jones 1 31.0 31 0
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 24.9 29 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
T. Vaughns 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Montez 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.1% 376 2 2 124.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 2780 18 9 140.1
S. Montez 27/49 376 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Lindsay 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 68 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
283 1402 13
P. Lindsay 20 68 1 16
S. Montez 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
118 307 2
S. Montez 12 40 0 19
K. Nixon 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
K. Nixon 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Winfree 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 163 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 272 2
J. Winfree 5 163 2 79
B. Bobo 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 113 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 640 5
B. Bobo 10 113 0 27
D. Ross 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 508 2
D. Ross 5 40 0 14
J. MacIntyre 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 348 2
J. MacIntyre 3 33 0 15
L. Shenault 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 159 0
L. Shenault 1 12 0 12
P. Lindsay 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 244 1
P. Lindsay 2 11 0 7
S. Fields 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 623 4
S. Fields 1 4 0 4
C. Bounds 43 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 83 2
C. Bounds 0 0 0 0
J. Poplawski 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Poplawski 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Worthington 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 3 0.0
E. Worthington 8-1 0.0 0
A. Laguda 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
A. Laguda 6-0 0.0 0
L. Jackson III 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
L. Jackson III 5-0 0.0 0
D. Lewis 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
D. Lewis 5-2 0.0 0
D. Wigley 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Wigley 5-0 0.0 0
R. Gamboa 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Gamboa 4-1 0.0 0
C. Mulumba 16 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Mulumba 4-0 0.0 0
N. Landman 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Landman 2-0 0.0 0
T. Udoffia 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
T. Udoffia 2-0 0.0 0
D. McCartney 95 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. McCartney 2-0 0.0 0
M. Mathewes 93 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Mathewes 1-0 0.0 0
N. Fisher 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
N. Fisher 1-0 0.0 0
J. Edwards 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Edwards 1-1 0.0 0
I. Oliver 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 2 0.0
I. Oliver 1-2 0.0 0
T. Hasselbach 96 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Hasselbach 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Stefanou 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
17/21 34/34
J. Stefanou 1/3 39 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Kinney 89 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 43.2 2
A. Kinney 3 44.7 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Blackmon 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 24.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 20.9 28 0
R. Blackmon 2 24.0 28 0
K. Nixon 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 22.9 29 0
K. Nixon 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Landman 53 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 0 0
N. Landman 1 21.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 3:34 9 58 FG Miss
9:42 USC 7 4:32 11 48 Downs
3:56 USC 19 1:18 4 17 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 USC 40 2:43 8 60 TD
11:08 USC 31 3:17 7 69 TD
1:40 USC 30 0:37 3 4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:46 USC 22 2:32 6 78 TD
8:34 USC 25 2:02 5 9 Punt
5:22 USC 35 3:06 8 57 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:36 USC 28 3:40 8 72 TD
7:34 COLO 48 1:16 4 -4 Punt
5:55 COLO 26 0:16 4 4 Downs
1:24 USC 9 1:02 3 -4 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:21 COLO 22 1:30 5 20 Punt
5:02 COLO 45 0:59 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:29 COLO 19 2:22 11 47 Downs
11:59 COLO 25 0:41 3 4 Punt
7:46 COLO 20 6:01 12 50 FG Miss
0:51 COLO 10 0:23 5 88 INT
0:19 COLO 25 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 COLO 25 3:06 7 53 FG Miss
9:09 COLO 18 0:35 2 82 TD
6:23 USC 1 0:53 3 1 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:04 COLO 30 1:35 11 48 FG
8:56 COLO 25 1:21 4 75 TD
6:12 COLO 15 0:13 4 59 INT
5:33 COLO 22 3:48 15 70 Downs