Player Of The Game
Linebacker Marquis Flowers forced three turnovers. Flowers had two interceptions and a forced a fumble. He also added seven tackles.
Marquis Flowers had a part in three USC turnovers.
Play Of The Game
Matt Scott shakes off a blow to the head and hits David Richards on a crossing route to put Arizona up 39-28. Richards was pasted by a pair of USC players, but held onto the ball.
Leading 28-26, USC has the ball at the Arizona 29-yard line but face a fourth and two. The Trojans try to get cute and run a reverse. Arizona corner Jonathan McKnight stays home and wraps up Marquise Lee, holding him short while safety Vince Miles comes over to make sure Lee comes up a yard short. The Wildcats take over at their own 28 and seven plays later Ka'Deem Carey scores from seven yards out.
USC took over with :55 seconds left at their own 13-yard line, needing a field goal to tie. Although they had no timeouts, they only managed five plays. The first three plays gained 38 yards, but ate up over 35 seconds as the Trojans never played with a sense of desperation and never spiked the ball to attempt to spike the clock.
Time Of Possession
Arizona held the ball for 11:05 of the fourth quarter, outscoring USC 13-8.
Matt Scott took two shots to the head on the same play. He appeared to vomit during a timeout, but was able to connect with Richards on the Cats' final score. Scott did not return for the Wildcats's final drive, instead they had to go with B.J. Denker. Scott will be further evaluated by medical personnel, but appeared coherent on the sideline and during a postgame interview with ESPN/ABC.
Marquise Lee had 16 catches for 349 yards and two scores. The yardage total set a Pac-12 single game yardage record and was the fifth most in NCAA Division I history.
Not So Fast Mr. Lee
Usually it is LEE Corso saying "not so fast my friend" but on Saturday it was Austin Hill. Hill may not have set a Pac-12 record but he was just a few yards off as he amassed 259 receiving yards. That was the second best total in UA history. Jeremy McDaniel had 283 in 1993 in a four-overtime game against California.
The two teams combined for 1,206 yards. USC had 618 of those yards.
Matt Scott accumulated 469 yards of total offense, throwing for 369 and running for an even 100. He becomes the first Arizona quarterback to rush for 100 yards since Ortege Jenkins. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.
The two teams combined for 27 penalties, 18 at the half. That is not unusual for USC who are the most penalized team in the Pac-12.
Carey rushed for 121 yards on 28 carries. He also added two receptions, giving him 30 touches for the third straight game. It was his fourth straight game rushing for over 100 yards and his sixth of the year.
Matt Barkley passed for 493 yards, a USC single game school record.
Scott’s 469 yards of total offense rank as the fourth‐most in a single game at Arizona and push his career total over the 5,000‐yard mark to 5,022. Scott now has 3,089 yards of total offense this season, which ranks as the No. 3 single‐season total at Arizona. Scott has four games over 400 yards of total offense this season to claim four of the top‐10 spots in program history.
If USC falls to Oregon (or anyone else) and Arizona runs the table, then Arizona would be the Pac-12 Southern Division champions and play in the Pac-12 championship game.
Carey To Fullback?
Ka'Deem Carey served as the lead blocker on several plays when Matt Scott kept the ball. Carey had great success taking on Trojan linebackers to spring Scott.
"Matt Scott is a stud." - Rich Rodriguez