Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans welcome the Arizona State Sun Devils to town Saturday night, looking for their 11th straight win over the Sun Devils. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

USC Defeats Arizona State At Home, 34-33

USC has beaten ASU 11 straight times.

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USC Wins Against Arizona State

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Joe Houston’s 29-yard field goal with just over three minutes remaining proved to be the difference as the USC Trojans slipped by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 34-33, in Pac-10 action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Matt Barkley converted 26-of-37 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (6-3, 3-3 Pac-10) as they won for the second time in the last three outings. However, Barkley made things tough on himself and the Trojans as he suffered two interceptions and was sacked four times.

The Sun Devils (4-5, 2-4), losers of two of their last three, were led by Steven Threet who converted 24-of-40 passes for 228 yards and three scores, but like Barkley he too was picked off two times and taken down for four sacks.

The only scoring of the first quarter came courtesy of Threet who drove ASU 72 yards in just four plays, capped by a 10-yard TD pass to Gerell Robinson.

Barkley responded by tossing touchdown passes of 15 and two yards to Marc Tyler and David Ausberry, respectively, to make the score 14-7 in favor of the hosts heading into the break.

In the third quarter USC’s Malcolm Smith intercepted a pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to lift the Trojans to a commanding 22-7 advantage after the squad succeeded on a two-point conversion.

Threet and Robinson matched up again midway through the third frame, this time on a 21-yard effort, but less than three minutes later Barkley again rebounded for the Trojans with a 22-yard TD pass to Stanley Havili to make the score 29-14.

The ensuing kickoff saw LeQuan Lewis race the length of the field, 100 yards, to draw the Sun Devils back to within eight points at 29-21.

ASU’s defense stepped up and pressured Barkley as Omar Bolden picked off a pass and brought it back 66 yards for the score, but in an attempt to tie the game at 29-29 the Sun Devils tried and failed on a two-point conversion, leaving them with a two-point deficit at 29-27.

With 6:59 remaining in the fourth, Threet hooked up with Jamal Miles on a nine-yard TD pass, but for whatever reason the Sun Devils opted to try for the PAT instead of going for another two-point conversion. The kicked ended up being blocked and returned the other way by Torin Harris for two points, which meant the Trojans were still within striking distance at 33-31.

Houston’s successful field goal made up for his two misses early in the contest.

USC managed to control the ball for almost 37 minutes, despite converting just 4-of-15 on third down.

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USC Leading Arizona State At Halftime, 14-7

USC had many opportunities to put points in the scoreboard, but missed on many, but lead Arizona State 14-7.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley has thrown two touchdowns to running back Marc Tyler and wide receiver David Ausburry, he also has completed 15 of his 22 pass attempts for 122 yards. Barkley also threw an interception in the endzone after the Trojans blocked a punt by safety TJ McDonald.

Arizona State’s lone touchdown score came from quarterback Steven Threet throwing a pass to receiver Gerell Robinson.

The USC defense has fared better against the Arizona State offense as they sacked Threets four times. USC has only allowed 142 yards of offense.

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USC Vs. Arizona St: Last 10 Games

The USC Trojans look to get back on track after last week's loss to Oregon with a night game tonight against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Trojans have beaten the Sun Devils in each of the last 10 seasons, with their last loss coming in 1999, with a 26-16 ASU win at the Coliseum. Here's a look at the last 10 matchups:

  • 2009: No. 12 USC 14, at ASU 9
  • 2008: at No. 8 USC 28, ASU 0
  • 2007: No. 11 USC 44, at No. 7 ASU 24
  • 2006: at No. 3 USC 28, ASU 21
  • 2005: No. 1 USC 38, at No. 14 ASU 28
  • 2004: at No. 1 USC 45, No. 15 ASU 7
  • 2003: No. 10 USC 37, at ASU 17
  • 2002: at No. 8 USC 34, ASU 13
  • 2001: at USC 48, ASU 17
  • 2000: USC 44, at ASU 38 (2 OT)

The 2005 game, which was vacated as part of the NCAA sanctions involving Reggie Bush, was a memorable one, as USC overcame a 21-3 halftime deficit to run all over the Sun Devils in the second half, out-rushing them for the game 373 yards to 68. The average score of the last 10 matchups has been 36-17 USC.

The Trojans lead the all-time series against ASU 17-9-0.

For more USC news and information, be sure to read SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Arizona St: By The Numbers

The USC Trojans tonight will look to beat the Arizona State Sun Devils for the 11th straight time. Here is a look at Saturday's matchup, by the numbers:

  • USC is ranked 13th nationally, second in the Pac-10 in total offense, averaging 479.4 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 38th nationally, fifth in the Pac-10 in total defense, allowing 340.5 yards per game
  • USC is ranked 15th nationally, third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, averaging 36.8 points per game
  • ASU is ranked 55th nationally, fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing 23.3 points per game
  • USC is ranked 22nd nationally, third in the Pac-10 in rushing offense, averaging 200.5 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 14th nationally, second in the Pac-10 in rushing defense, allowing 109.4 yards per game
  • USC is ranked 21st nationally, third in the Pac-10 in passing offense, averaging 278.9 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 82nd nationally, seventh in the Pac-10 in passing defense, allowing 231.1 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 28th nationally, fifth in the Pac-10 in total offense, averaging 432.3 yards per game
  • USC is ranked 98th nationally, eighth in the Pac-10 in total defense, allowing 427.0 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 35th nationally, fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, averaging 32.0 points per game
  • USC is ranked 78th nationally, seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing 27.9 points per game
  • ASU is ranked 82nd nationally, eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing offense, averaging 139.0 yards per game
  • USC is ranked 57th nationally, sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing defense, allowing 151.3 yards per game
  • ASU is ranked 16th nationally, third in the Pac-10 in passing offense, averaging 293.3 yards per game
  • USC is ranked 114th nationally (out of 120 teams), last in the Pac-10 in passing defense, allowing 275.8 yards per game

Expect a lot of passing tonight at the Coliseum.

For more USC news and information, be sure to read SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Looks To Rebound Against Sun Devils Saturday Night At Coliseum

(Sports Network) - The USC Trojans conclude a three-game homestand this weekend, as they entertain the Arizona State Sun Devils in Pac-10 action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Trojans limp into their finale of the homestand, as they have dropped three of their past four outings overall. Two of those losses have come at home, including a 53-32 defeat to top-ranked Oregon this past weekend. USC is now under .500 in Pac-10 play, as the program is clearly on the decline.

ASU meanwhile, got back into the win column with a 42-0 blanking of Washington State over the weekend. It was the team's first shutout since a 31-0 triumph of Washington State in 2008, as the Sun Devils rebounded nicely from a 50-17 whipping at California the prior week.

As for the all-time series, USC holds a 17-9 lead over ASU and the Trojans have won each of the past 10 meetings, including a 14-9 decision last season.

QB Steven Threet threw for 300 yards and three TDs, as the Sun Devils rolled past WSU over the weekend. Street completed 26-of-32 tosses and had no picks, which was surprising considering he had thrown 13 heading into the game. The ground game chipped in with 118 yards and three more TDs against WSU, and ASU has had some success running the ball, averaging 139.0 ypg for the season. Deantre Lewis leads the way with 461 yards, while Cameron Marshall adds 429 yards and a team-high seven TDs. Both players scored last weekend and the duo combined for 83 yards on 18 carries. Marshall also tallied his first receiving TD in the victory.

ASU's defense turned in a big performance after being gashed by Cal, as the unit kept WSU to just 264 total yards in a shutout effort. The Sun Devils surrendered just eight rushing yards, while recording five sacks and three takeaways. It was clearly a big effort from a defense that had just eight takeaways and nine sacks to its credit through the first seven outings. Junior Onyeali had three of the team's sacks and a pair of forced fumbles last weekend, while Vontaze Burfict logged five stops and a forced fumble. Burfict has clearly been the team's best tackler on the season, as his 59 stops are 24 more than the next closest player on the roster.

The Trojans were able to move the ball, gaining 377 total yards, but just weren't able to keep up with Oregon in a 53-32 loss last weekend. Three turnovers from QB Matt Barkley didn't help matters either, though he did throw for 264 yards and a TD. Barkley has been better then he showed last weekend and on the season he has completed 63.1 percent of his pass attempts, with 21 TDs against just six INTs. Ronald Johnson has been his primary target with 43 catches for 529 yards and eight TDs, while Robert Woods has also been effective with 574 receiving yards and six scores. Last weekend, the duo totaled 11 receptions for 124 yards and a score. As for the ground attack, USC is churning out a healthy 200.5 ypg behind a 5.6 yard per carry average. Allen Bradford is averaging 7.5 yards per carry for a team-best 596 rushing yards, while Marc Tyler adds 507 yards and a club-best eight TDs.

USC has had some issues on defense this season and the unit offered little resistance against Oregon's powerful attack last weekend. Oregon dialed up 599 yards of total offense and scored seven TDs. USC was gashed for 311 yards on the ground and the defense is now surrendering 151.4 rushing ypg. The pass defense has been even worse, as the Trojans are giving up 275.8 ypg. T.J. McDonald has done all that he can to give the defense a shot and he has 55 stops and a team-high three INTs on the year.

The Trojans have struggled with consistency, but they are still the better of the two teams here. Expect them to put some points on the scoreboard and continue their dominance of the Sun Devils.

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