Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) looks on during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. - US Presswire

USC vs. Arizona: Trojans shocked in Tucson

USC lost any chance of getting back into the national title picture after they blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost 39-36 to the Wildcats on Saturday.

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The Arizona Wildcats pulled off a shocking 39-36 upset over the No. 9 USC Trojans in Tucson Saturday afternoon, as Matt Scott out-dueled Matt Barkley despite suffering a concussion late in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter, with Barkley throwing an interception and turning the ball over on downs on USC's first two drives.

The Trojans offense exploded in the second quarter, though, as wide receiver Marqise Lee wrangled in catches of 50, 49, 32 and 28 yards. But after the 21 point outburst in that fifteen minute period, the USC offense was relatively quiet in the second half with only 15 points to Arizona's 26.

Lee caught a 44-yard touchdown on USC's first drive coming out of the locker room, but the Wildcats then scored on four consecutive drives to take a 39-28 lead. Scott sustained what looked to be a concussion during that offensive eruption, but stayed on the field to lead the Wildcats on their game-winning drive despite vomiting following a shot to the head.

After the Trojans got a Silas Redd rushing touchdown and a two point conversion to cut the deficit to three points, the Wildcats took three and a half minutes off the clock with running back Ka'Deem Carey doing his job in clock-killing mode. Barkley and company were able to move to the Arizona 48 when the got the ball back with less then a minute left but his Hail Mary heave to Lee came up just a bit short.

Box Score Hero: Lost in all the commotion was Marquis Lee's eye-popping final stat line of 16 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Scott got his stock in the Pac-12 raised, too, with 369 passing yards and 3 touchdowns against 1interception.

Rankings Ramifications: Don't be surprised if the Wildcats get some top-25 consideration after this one, but the outcome will affect the Trojans more than anyone. They'll be closer to the 20's than the 10's in the BCS' eyes after racking up their second conference loss.

But Did They Cover? As 6-point favorites, the Trojans didn't do their job.

Next Week's Schedule: The Wildcats will be looking to carry the strong play they showcased Saturday into next weekend's road matchup against the other Los Angeles school, the UCLA Bruins. The Trojans, on the other hand, will be getting their stiffest test of the season as No. 4 Oregon heads into town for a marquee Pac-12 showdown.

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Trojans cling to 28-26 lead in 4th

The USC Trojans have a 28-26 over the Arizona Wildcats heading into the fourth quarter in Tuscon. The Trojans have come back to take the lead, and pushed it to 15 at the start of the third, but have allowed the Wildcats to chip away.

Marqise Lee has been spectacular, having already set the USC and Pac-12 records for receiving yards in a game. The question remains whether the star wideout can top the FBS record of 405. Lee currently has 313 yards receiving.

Lee added to his total with a 44-yard touchdown catch from Matt Barkley early in the third quarter. That capped an 87-yard drive to put USC up two scores and in control.

Arizona battled back, and eventually broke through for their first points of the second half on a 10-yard rushing touchdown to pull the Wildcats with eight points. The play was setup by a 42-yard pass from Scott to Austin Hill.

The Wildcats recovered a fumble by USC's D.J. Morgan on the ensuing drive. It was USC's fourth turnover of the game. Morgan suffered an injury to his leg on the play.

Scott hit Dan Buckner on a 9-yard touchdown following the fumble to put Arizona within two points with 1:42 to play in the third. The Wildcats attempted to tie the game, but failed on a two-point coversion try.

The Trojans failed on a 4th and 2 reverse play to Lee to begin the fourth, and turned the ball over on downs.


Arizona leads USC after first quarter

Needless penalties and a sputtering offense have the USC Trojans trailing the Arizona Wildcats after the first quarter, 10-0. Matt Barkley was intercepted to cut the Trojans' first drive short, and Arizona has been able to capitalize on Trojan mistakes.

Marqise Lee is attempting to jump-start the Trojan offense on his own, with mixed results. He picked up 38 yards on a punt return and added another 57 on a pass from Barkley, but the drive ended on 4th-and-2 at the Arizona 15. The Trojans are winning the time of posession battle, but they've been unable to maintain any momentum.

The Trojan defense was able to make a stop in the red zone, limiting the Wildcats to three late in the quarter. They were able to do so in spite of repeated penalties, including a dead ball personal foul on Leonard Williams when he pulled the helmet off an Arizona runner. An earlier personal foul on an Arizona drive handed them a free first down and eventually resulted in a Wildcat touchdown.

Barkley is 9-for-13 for 107 yards in the first quarter. Silas Redd hasn't been much of a factor, collecting only 10 yards on 5 carries.

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