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Jones runs wild late, No. 17 USC beats No. 23 Arizona 49-35

LOS ANGELES (AP) When Khalil Tate and Arizona's offense erased their entire 22-point deficit with four touchdowns in roughly 11 minutes, Ronald Jones II and Sam Darnold knew they had to answer the Wildcats' big-play quarterback with a few memorable moments of their own.

Southern California's offensive stars got it done in a victory that put the Trojans in charge of the Pac-12 South.

Jones rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 17 USC overcame Tate's big second-half rally for a 49-35 victory over 23rd-ranked Arizona on Saturday night.

Darnold passed for 311 yards and two TDs for the Trojans (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12), who led 28-6 midway through the third quarter before Tate finally got the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) rolling. Arizona evened it at 35 on Zach Green's TD run and a 2-point conversion with 8:23 remaining.

But Jones ran wild in the fourth quarter, racking up 96 yards while scoring the tiebreaking touchdown with 5:37 to play and adding another score with 3:09 left as the Trojans pulled away.

''We knew we had to win this game,'' said Jones, who also had a 98-yard TD run erased by a penalty. ''We want a championship bad, and we're going to do anything we have to.''

USC is alone atop the Pac-12 South after its 15th consecutive victory at the Coliseum. One victory in the Trojans' final two games against Colorado and UCLA will put them in the conference title game next month.

Tate, an Inglewood native and high school classmate of several Trojans, rushed for 161 yards and passed for 146 yards and two TDs. After being bottled up in the first half, he rushed for a 32-yard TD and threw a 30-yard scoring pass in the third quarter.

''We got a little momentum going, and our guys made some tremendous plays in the second half,'' Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. ''It'll hurt for 24 hours, but we'll come back with a better plan.''

Tate was sacked five times, and he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions to USC's Ajene Harris and John Houston as the Wildcats' four-game winning streak ended.

''I wasn't sharp on my reads,'' Tate said. ''I was off on a lot of my coverages. ... We didn't make a lot of adjustments (in the second half). We just saw some tendencies in their defense that we needed to exploit.''

Jalen Greene returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first quarter for the Trojans. Tyler Vaughns and Steven Mitchell caught TD passes for USC, and Aca'Cedric Ware rushed for 122 yards and another score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona: The charmed October is over, but the Wildcats played another exciting, high-scoring game. This loss won't do much to dampen the optimism around a program that appeared to be at a crossroads one month ago.

USC: The Trojans have been criticized all season long for not meeting this program's annual sky-high expectations, but they could wrap up the Pac-12 South title next week. If they earn a spot in the conference title game, they'll play it coming off a bye week, since USC doesn't play on Thanksgiving weekend. The Trojans' first conference title since 2008 has never been closer.

STILL LEARNING

Darnold went 20 of 26 and improved to 11-0 at the Coliseum as a starter, but only after throwing his 11th interception of the season in the end zone to kill a 97-yard drive in the first quarter. Darnold called the interception ''one of the worst mistakes I've ever made on the football field.''

HISTORIC RUNS

Jones broke a 52-yard run during the Trojans' final TD drive and became the first USC tailback with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since LenDale White in 2004 and 2005.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Arizona: The Wildcats' first week as a ranked team since 2015 ended with a loss, but they'll be right on the bubble.

USC: The Trojans should be back in the top 15, and they'll remain the second highest-ranked Pac-12 team behind Washington. The Trojans and Huskies don't face each other in the regular season, but they might have a date in Santa Clara next month.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Hosts Oregon State on Saturday in the Wildcats' home finale.

USC: At Colorado on Saturday for the final road game of the regular season.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:09
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
49
Touchdown 3:09
25-R.Jones runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
69
yds
02:14
pos
35
48
Point After TD 5:37
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
42
Touchdown 5:37
25-R.Jones runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
82
yds
02:41
pos
35
41
Two Point Conversion 8:23
14-K.Tate complete to 9-T.Ellison. 9-T.Ellison to USC End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good. Penalty on USC 27-A.Harris Offside declined.
plays
yds
pos
35
35
Touchdown 8:23
34-Z.Green runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
47
yds
02:19
pos
33
35
Point After TD 12:19
30-J.Pollack extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
35
Touchdown 12:19
14-K.Tate complete to 21-J.Taylor. 21-J.Taylor runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:37
pos
26
35
Point After TD 13:56
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
35
Touchdown 13:56
28-A.Ware runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
00:49
pos
20
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:17
30-J.Pollack extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
28
Touchdown 1:17
14-K.Tate complete to 6-S.Brown. 6-S.Brown runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
57
yds
00:59
pos
19
28
Point After TD 4:30
30-J.Pollack extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
28
Touchdown 4:30
14-K.Tate runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
01:27
pos
12
28
Point After TD 6:04
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
28
Touchdown 6:04
25-R.Jones runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
46
yds
00:21
pos
6
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:18
43-L.Havrisik 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
52
yds
03:40
pos
6
21
Point After TD 6:04
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 6:04
14-S.Darnold complete to 4-S.Mitchell. 4-S.Mitchell runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
48
yds
01:33
pos
3
20
Point After TD 8:50
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 8:50
14-S.Darnold complete to 21-T.Vaughns. 21-T.Vaughns runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
72
yds
05:21
pos
3
13
Field Goal 14:20
43-L.Havrisik 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
53
yds
03:02
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:29
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:34
30-J.Pollack to ARI 28 FUMBLES. punts -17 yards from ARI 28 blocked by 6-M.Pittman. 10-J.Greene runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
12
yds
02:32
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 30
Rushing 13 14
Passing 8 15
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 5-15 5-12
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 348 637
Total Plays 74 78
Avg Gain 4.7 8.2
Net Yards Rushing 234 331
Rush Attempts 43 52
Avg Rush Yards 5.4 6.4
Net Yards Passing 114 306
Comp. - Att. 14-31 20-26
Yards Per Pass 3.7 11.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-32 1-5
Penalties - Yards 3-32 14-123
Touchdowns 4 6
Rushing TDs 2 4
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 4-36.5 4-42.8
Return Yards 135 150
Punts - Returns 3-39 2-37
Kickoffs - Returns 4-96 6-117
Int. - Returns 1-0 2--4
Kicking 5/5 7/7
Extra Points 3/3 7/7
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
22 Arizona 6-3 06141535
17 USC 8-2 71472149
114 PASS YDS 306
234 RUSH YDS 331
348 TOTAL YDS 637
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Tate 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.2% 146 2 2 93.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.2% 930 8 5 157.7
K. Tate 14/31 146 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Tate 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 161 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 1087 9
K. Tate 26 161 1 54
J. Taylor 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 51 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 569 4
J. Taylor 12 51 0 14
N. Wilson 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 360 3
N. Wilson 2 7 0 5
T. Johnson 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 86 1
T. Johnson 1 7 0 7
T. Ellison 9 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Ellison 1 5 0 5
Z. Green 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 280 7
Z. Green 1 3 1 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Brown 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 78 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 431 5
S. Brown 8 78 1 30
T. Ellison 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 431 2
T. Ellison 3 36 0 18
J. Taylor 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 33 2
J. Taylor 1 16 1 16
S. Poindexter 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 142 0
S. Poindexter 1 11 0 11
J. Nunley 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 143 1
J. Nunley 1 5 0 5
T. Johnson 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 155 0
T. Johnson 0 0 0 0
T. Wood 8 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 1
T. Wood 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Cruikshank 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 2 0.0
D. Cruikshank 9-1 0.0 1
T. Fields II 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 1 0.0
T. Fields II 9-2 0.0 0
C. Schooler 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-4 2 0.0
C. Schooler 8-1 0.0 0
L. Burns 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
L. Burns 5-0 0.0 0
S. Young Jr. 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
S. Young Jr. 5-0 0.0 0
J. Belknap 86 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Belknap 4-0 0.0 0
D. Flannigan-Fowles 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 3 0.0
D. Flannigan-Fowles 3-4 0.0 0
K. Wilborn 14 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Wilborn 2-0 0.0 0
F. Connolly 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Connolly 2-0 0.0 0
L. Tharpe, Jr. 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
L. Tharpe, Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
J. Whittaker 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
J. Whittaker 2-0 0.0 0
L. Bruno 60 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
L. Bruno 1-2 1.0 0
B. Rutt 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Rutt 1-0 0.0 0
I. Hayes 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Hayes 1-0 0.0 0
J. Wallace 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
J. Wallace 1-2 0.0 0
T. Wallace 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Wallace 1-0 0.0 0
P. Zellers 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
P. Zellers 0-2 0.0 0
D. Miller 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
D. Miller 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Havrisik 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
3/4 2/2
L. Havrisik 2/2 44 0/0 6
J. Pollack 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
10/14 46/48
J. Pollack 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Pollack 30 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 36.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 38.1 1
J. Pollack 4 36.5 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Johnson 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 24.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 27.1 35 0
T. Johnson 4 24.0 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Brown 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 13.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 17.1 31 2
S. Brown 3 13.0 31 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.9% 311 2 1 195.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 2869 22 11 147.2
S. Darnold 20/26 311 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 194 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
159 1082 13
R. Jones II 27 194 3 52
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 122 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 225 1
A. Ware 14 122 1 42
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 58 3
S. Darnold 5 10 0 10
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 319 3
S. Carr 3 10 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 537 4
T. Vaughns 4 59 1 22
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 123 0
M. Pittman Jr. 3 59 0 21
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
63 832 8
D. Burnett 2 44 0 41
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 153 1
R. Jones II 3 39 0 33
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 98 0
J. Greene 2 30 0 22
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 431 4
S. Mitchell Jr. 1 27 1 27
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 2 25 0 17
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 62 0
A. Ware 1 13 0 13
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 140 0
S. Carr 1 10 0 10
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 292 3
T. Petite 1 5 0 5
T. Sidney 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 35 0
T. Sidney 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 0.5
J. Houston Jr. 7-3 0.5 1
C. Hawkins 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 1.0
C. Hawkins 7-0 1.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 1.0
U. Nwosu 6-2 1.0 0
J. Iosefa 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
J. Iosefa 6-2 1.0 0
I. Langley 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
I. Langley 5-0 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 4 0.0
Ja. Jones 5-0 0.0 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
Ca. Smith 4-0 0.0 0
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 2 0.5
M. Tell III 4-2 0.5 0
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
A. Harris 2-2 0.0 1
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
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
M. Dorton 1-3 1.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Green 1-0 0.0 0
L. Jones 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 7/7
SEASON FG XP
10/13 46/46
C. McGrath 0/0 0 7/7 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 44.3 1
R. Budrovich 4 42.8 1 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 23.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 25.0 29 0
V. Jones Jr. 5 23.0 29 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
Ca. Smith 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 5.8 9 0
A. Harris 1 9.0 9 0
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 0 0
M. Pittman Jr. 1 17.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:06 ARIZ 16 2:32 6 12 TD
9:24 ARIZ 35 1:07 4 11 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:20 ARIZ 20 3:02 10 53 FG
8:45 ARIZ 15 0:59 3 5 Punt
5:58 ARIZ 37 3:40 10 38 FG
0:46 ARIZ 17 0:39 3 4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 ARIZ 32 3:03 14 55
7:49 ARIZ 34 1:15 3 -1 Punt
5:57 ARIZ 25 1:27 6 75 TD
2:16 ARIZ 43 0:59 5 57 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 ARIZ 25 1:37 4 75 TD
10:42 USC 47 2:19 6 47 TD
5:37 ARIZ 25 0:00 1 75 INT
3:09 ARIZ 25 0:41 4 2 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 USC 20 2:47 8 63 Downs
8:04 USC 2 4:36 12 97 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 USC 33 5:21 12 67 TD
7:37 ARIZ 48 1:33 4 48 TD
2:11 USC 40 1:18 7 23 Punt
0:01 USC 48 0:00 1 0 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:43 USC 4 3:47 8 20 Punt
6:25 ARIZ 46 0:21 2 46 TD
4:22 USC 20 1:51 3 -2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:17 USC 25 0:49 7 75 TD
12:14 USC 27 1:13 3 6 Punt
8:18 USC 28 2:41 8 72 TD
5:23 USC 31 2:14 5 69 TD
2:21 ARIZ 50 1:55 7 38 Game