The Cats took over the ball with just under a minute left, but threw four short passes and turned the ball over on downs. USC took a knee and escaped a poorly played game with a win. Sanchez was 19-31for 130 yards and threw two picks. All told the USC offense gained just 276 yards and 93 yards came on the final drive of the game.
McKnight made two big plays in the fourth quarter, and they were the difference. His 45-yard punt return set up a 25-yard Fred Davis touchdown catch. He also had a 59-yard run that set up the final field goal.
Despite completing 30-of-43 passes, Willie Tuitama had just 233 yard passing, and just one completion over 20 yards.