After historic loss to Notre Dame, USC bounces back with commanding win at Arizona State
By Joey Kaufman
TEMPE, Ariz. — The turnovers, floundering rushing attack and overmatched defense were afterthoughts for USC on Saturday night.
It faced few problems at Arizona State.
The Trojans, who looked woeful a week earlier in their second-worst loss ever to longtime rival Notre Dame, a thumping that also dashed their hopes of a College Football Playoff appearance, put together a dominant performance in a 48-17 victory over the Sun Devils.
“It’s a big confidence builder for our team,” center Nico Falah said. “It’s a feel-good win.”
Southern California defensive backs Marvell Tell III (7), Jalen Greene (10) and Jack Jones try to knock down a pass in the end zone intended for Arizona State receiver Harry N’Keal, center, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State’s Kyle Williams (10) came up with the catch for a touchdown to end the half. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball prior to an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Southern California head coach Clay Helton fires up his players prior to an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)