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No. 21 USC rolls over Arizona State 48-17 behind Jones

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Ronald Jones II tucked in behind a blocker, made a cut off his hip and shook off an Arizona State tackler. It turned into a race from there, and no way was anyone going to catch Southern California's gifted running back.

USC bounced back from a lopsided loss to Notre Dame with perhaps its best all-around game of the season, riding the legs of Jones and the arm of Sam Darnold to a dominating 48-17 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

Jones ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, Darnold revved up USC's offense with three scoring passes and the Trojans racked up 607 total yards to remain atop the Pac-12 South.

''You never want that lingering mentality coming off a loss,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''Usually the better teams can clear it out. That's what these kids did tonight.''

USC (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) was thumped 49-19 by No. 9 Notre Dame last week, a loss that all but knocked the Trojans out of the national-title picture.

Instead of remaining on their heels, the Trojans attacked Arizona State from the start, taking shots down the field early to set up a running game that ran around and right through the Sun Devils.

Darnold completed 19 of 35 passes for 266 yards, and Tyler Vaughns had six catches for 126 yards with a pair of scores. Jones helped the Trojans pick up 341 yards rushing after they were limited to 76 against the Fighting Irish.

''Coach always talks about getting 11 guys right just doing their job and when we do things like that we're hard to stop,'' Jones said.

Arizona State (4-4, 3-2) relapsed on defense after consecutive strong showings, missing tackles and assignments while giving up multiple big plays.

The Sun Devils fell behind 31-3 before gaining some momentum on a bizarre play to end the first half but couldn't stop the Trojans to keep it going.

Manny Wilkins threw for 259 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for Arizona State.

''Our defense has to be better,'' Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. ''We gave up too many chunk plays.''

Darnold picked Arizona State apart early when he wasn't being pressured, hitting Deonta Burnett on a 32-yard TD pass on the opening drive and Vaughns on a 42-yard catch-and-run score late in the first quarter. Darnold later threaded a pass between three Arizona State defenders for a 19-yard touchdown pass to Vaughns that put the Trojans up 28-3.

One bizarre play gave Arizona State a spark.

Wilkins completed a Hail Mary to Kyle Williams on the final play of the first half, a play initially ruled short of the goal line by the officials.

USC's players trotted off the field while a few of Arizona State's lingered as the officials went to a replay review. After about five minutes, they ruled Williams caught the ball in the end zone before falling out to the 1.

Arizona State's PAT team took the field, but had to wait as the Trojans' special-teams unit returned from the locker room. Brandon Ruiz's extra point cut USC's lead to 31-10, and the Sun Devils pulled within two touchdowns on Wilkins' 1-yard dive to open the second half.

Arizona State's penchant for missing tackles gave USC the momentum back when Jones, who had a 67-yard scoring run in the first half, shed several defenders on a 64-yard dash to make it 38-17.

''We prepared ourselves, but a couple of us didn't come ready to play today,'' Arizona State linebacker D.J. Calhoun said. ''You win together, you lose together.''

THE TAKEAWAY

USC got its mojo back after the letdown in South Bend, dominating Arizona State on both sides of the ball.

Arizona State's defensive renaissance appears to be over. The Sun Devils were overmatched by USC's size and speed, unable to put up much resistance while falling two games behind the Trojans in the Pac-12 South.

PENALIZED SUN DEVILS

Arizona State entered as the nation's third-least penalized team at 31 yards per game. The Sun Devils were unusually sloppy against USC, racking up 10 penalties for 99 yards, including four personal fouls.

McGRATH STILL KICKING

Chase McGrath earned the starting kicker's job at USC as a walk-on coming out of fall camp and it's proven to be a wise choice by the Trojans. McGrath made two of three field goals against Arizona State and is 10 for 13 on the season.

UP NEXT

USC hosts Arizona next Saturday with the Pac-12 South lead on the line.

Arizona State hosts Colorado next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:03
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
48
17
Touchdown 1:13
8-B.Barnett incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 14-Y.Ross at ASU 37. 14-Y.Ross runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
37
yds
0:00
pos
47
17
Field Goal 10:41
40-C.McGrath 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
55
yds
00:36
pos
41
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:10
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
17
Touchdown 10:10
25-R.Jones runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
87
yds
01:13
pos
37
17
Point After TD 11:30
1-B.Ruiz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
17
Touchdown 11:30
5-M.Wilkins runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
75
yds
03:30
pos
31
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
1-B.Ruiz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
10
Touchdown 0:00
5-M.Wilkins complete to 10-K.Williams. 10-K.Williams runs 47 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
47
yds
00:01
pos
31
9
Field Goal 0:58
40-C.McGrath 51 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
39
yds
02:58
pos
31
3
Point After TD 6:02
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
3
Touchdown 6:02
14-S.Darnold complete to 21-T.Vaughns. 21-T.Vaughns runs 19 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on ASU 30-D.Tautalatasi Personal Foul.
7
plays
103
yds
02:51
pos
27
3
Point After TD 14:24
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 14:24
25-R.Jones runs 67 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
80
yds
00:00
pos
20
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:25
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 2:25
14-S.Darnold complete to 21-T.Vaughns. 21-T.Vaughns runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
65
yds
01:18
pos
13
3
Field Goal 6:55
1-B.Ruiz 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
77
yds
02:25
pos
7
3
Point After TD 11:27
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:27
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
03:33
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 29 15
Rushing 16 5
Passing 10 9
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 7-16 1-12
4th Down Conv 1-3 1-2
Total Net Yards 587 326
Total Plays 81 61
Avg Gain 7.2 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 341 79
Rush Attempts 46 30
Avg Rush Yards 7.4 2.6
Net Yards Passing 246 247
Comp. - Att. 19-35 18-31
Yards Per Pass 7.0 8.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-20 6-31
Penalties - Yards 8-60 10-99
Touchdowns 6 2
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 2-48.0 8-42.1
Return Yards 76 59
Punts - Returns 3-22 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-17 4-59
Int. - Returns 1-37 0-0
Kicking 8/9 3/3
Extra Points 6/6 2/2
Field Goals 2/3 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
21 USC 7-2 141771048
Arizona St. 0-5-3 377017
246 PASS YDS 247
341 RUSH YDS 79
587 TOTAL YDS 326
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.3% 266 3 0 146.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 2558 20 10 143.3
S. Darnold 19/35 266 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 216 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
132 888 10
R. Jones II 18 216 2 67
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 68 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 242 0
V. Malepeai 11 68 0 14
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 103 0
A. Ware 6 22 0 7
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 48 3
S. Darnold 4 19 0 39
M. Fink 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 82 1
M. Fink 2 13 0 13
C. Jountti 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
C. Jountti 2 5 0 3
J. Toland IV 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
J. Toland IV 1 4 0 4
R. Peters 47 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
R. Peters 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 126 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 478 3
T. Vaughns 6 126 2 42
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
61 788 8
D. Burnett 4 49 1 32
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 287 3
T. Petite 2 42 0 37
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 64 0
M. Pittman Jr. 2 23 0 15
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 49 0
A. Ware 1 8 0 8
J. Lewis IV 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
J. Lewis IV 1 6 0 6
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 2 0
V. Malepeai 1 6 0 6
T. Sidney 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 35 0
T. Sidney 1 5 0 5
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 114 1
R. Jones II 1 1 0 1
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 404 3
S. Mitchell Jr. 0 0 0 0
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Houston Jr. 0 0 0 0
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 42 0
V. Jones Jr. 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 3.0
U. Nwosu 3-0 3.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
R. Green 3-0 3.0 0
Y. Ross 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
Y. Ross 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 6/6
SEASON FG XP
10/13 39/39
C. McGrath 2/3 51 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 48.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 44.5 1
R. Budrovich 2 48.0 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 25.5 38 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.3 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 5.4 21 0
A. Harris 3 7.3 21 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Wilkins 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 259 1 0 145.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.8% 2096 9 3 141.7
M. Wilkins 17/29 259 1 0
B. Barnett 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 19 0 1 29.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 40 0 1 87.2
B. Barnett 1/2 19 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Richard 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 70 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
100 379 5
D. Richard 15 70 0 17
E. Benjamin 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 30 0
E. Benjamin 1 17 0 17
M. Cosgrove 22 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
M. Cosgrove 2 6 0 4
N. Ralston 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 22 0
N. Ralston 1 4 0 4
M. Wilkins 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 -9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 51 4
M. Wilkins 10 -9 1 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Harry 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 86 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
54 713 3
N. Harry 3 86 0 70
J. Harvey 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 422 1
J. Harvey 1 32 0 32
J. Humphrey 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 143 1
J. Humphrey 2 18 0 12
R. Newsome 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 31 0
R. Newsome 2 10 0 8
D. Richard 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 65 0
D. Richard 1 5 0 5
C. Hodges 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
C. Hodges 1 4 0 4
K. Ballage 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 79 0
K. Ballage 1 2 0 2
N. Ralston 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 32 0
N. Ralston 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Sam 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 2.0
C. Sam 2-0 2.0 0
D. Calhoun 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Calhoun 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Ruiz 1 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
12/16 25/26
B. Ruiz 1/1 39 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Sleep-Dalton 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 42.1 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 39.5 2
M. Sleep-Dalton 8 42.1 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Ballage 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 23.1 25 0
K. Ballage 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Harry 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
N. Harry 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 3:33 9 75 TD
10:41 USC 45 1:11 3 4 Punt
6:50 USC 25 1:28 3 0 Punt
3:43 USC 25 1:18 7 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:35 USC 20 0:00 3 80 TD
12:42 USC 9 2:23 7 31 Fumble
8:53 USC 12 2:51 7 88 TD
3:56 USC 38 2:58 12 29 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 USC 23 1:13 4 77 TD
7:57 USC 41 2:49 8 39 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:12 USC 30 0:36 13 55 FG
8:23 USC 47 6:42 13 41 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:27 ARIZST 25 0:34 3 4 Punt
9:20 ARIZST 2 2:25 5 77 FG
5:13 ARIZST 28 1:21 3 -5 Punt
2:17 ARIZST 25 1:26 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:24 ARIZST 25 1:34 5 17 Punt
10:11 ARIZST 40 1:09 3 5 Punt
5:57 ARIZST 16 1:56 4 -1 Punt
0:45 ARIZST 24 0:44 6 39
0:01 USC 47 0:01 1 47 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARIZST 25 3:30 11 75 TD
10:10 ARIZST 25 2:00 5 22 Punt
5:03 ARIZST 20 3:46 10 50 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:36 ARIZST 25 2:05 4 -5 Punt
1:36 ARIZST 10 0:23 2 88 INT
0:57 ARIZST 32 0:30 2 6 Game