Cats fall to sloppy USC

In a game the was winnable for the Wildcats, the USC Trojans made enough plays late to earn a 20-13 win at the LA Coliseum.

USC stuck with shaky first time starter Mark Sanchez and the move paid off. Mostly on the legs of Joe McKnight, USC escaped the shadow of their own endzone to move inside the 10 before settling on a field goal to give the Trojans a seven-point lead.

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.

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