USC rolls to easy win

Despite playing well Arizona was unable the hold the top ranked USC Trojans, losing 49-9. The score was a bit deceiving as the Wildcats hung tough with the nation's best team for about a quarter and a half.

Arizona hung around as long as they could, but the Trojans scored on four straight second half possessions to put things out of reach. Arizona kept Reggie Bush in check, but the Matt Leinart was on top of his game, while LenDale White had one of the better games of his career with three rushing touchdowns.

Leinart was 27-35 for 280 yards and three scores. White had 117 yards to go along with the three touchdowns.

Arizona actually won the first quarter. The Wildcats struck first against scoring a field goal on their second drive and then held USC to only 14 points in the first half..

Wildcat fans were anticipating the blow out, especially when the Trojans were in the red zone with a 7-3 lead. A few plays later, USC was forced to attempt a field goal on fourth down and the kick went wide left.

USC scored another touchdown with 2:54 left in the half to make the score 14-3. The score would not change for the half and Arizona went into the locker room feeling like they could win.

Third down conversions told the story. USC completed 8 of their 12 third down attempts, while Arizona only converted 2-of-13.

A turnover and the missed field goal meant that the Wildcats trailed 14-3 at the half and although the Trojans were clearly in control, all hope was not lost for Arizona.

USC did their best to put the game away by taking the second half kick off and marching the length of the field for their third score and a 21-3 lead.

Things looked bleak until Arizona recovered a Bush fumble and capped the drive when Richard Kovalcheck completed a touchdown pass to Steve Fleming. The Cats attempted a two-point conversion but failed, making the score 21-9 with 4:55 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Arizona score seemed to inspire the Trojans as USC dominated the rest of the USC scored early and often on their next four possessions and sealed the blowout win.

The Arizona offense was fairly effective at times despite getting nothing going on the ground. The Wildcats all but abandoned the run until the fourth quarter. Mike Bell gained 79 yards in the final 15 minutes and finished the game with 74 yards, but he was not a factor over the first three quarters.

The Wildcat defense surrendered almost 600 yards, but they played hard and tough. They had several big hits, forcing the Trojans into three fumbles. Kirk Johnson led the Wildcats with nine solo tackles.

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