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USC-ASU Football Live Blog

September 24th, 2011 by

By Josh Green

Good evening and welcome inside Sun Devil Stadium as ASU takes on USC in its Pac-12 opener. ASU has not beat USC since 1999.

The student section is out in full force, but the rest of the stadium is somewhat empty.

USC wins the toss and elects to defer.

First Quarter

13:29- Cameron Marshall runs 70 yards for the touchdown and ASU takes an early 7-0 lead. Crowd going nuts. Marshall didn’t even start the game.

USC now with the football, which means all eyes will be on star receiver Robert Woods.

10:59- USC picks up one first down but nothing more. Trojans forced to punt it back to the Sun Devils. ASU will start from its own 2-yard line.

9:09- ASU is unable to do anything and is forced to punt. USC will take over from its own 47-yard line.

5:42- Interesting playcalling from USC. They had a 3rd and long from ASU’s 29-yard line but decide to run the ball. Trojans settle for a field goal and it’s now 7-3.

2:54- ASU will go for it on 4th-and-5 from the USC 37-yard line.

After the timeout, ASU decides to punt. USC will take over from its own 20-yard line.

0:08- Trojans go three-and-out, ASU takes over at midfield. Serious dust storm going on at Sun Devil Stadium. Debris flying everywhere.

0:00- End of the first quarter, ASU leads USC 7-3.

Second Quarter

13:49- ASU had the ball inside USC’s 5-yard line, but red-zone woes continue. Cameron Marshall fumbles and USC recovers. Looks like the play will be reviewed.

Play is reviewed and overturned. ASU ball at the USC 5-yard line.

12:43- Sun Devils capitalize on the second chance as Brock Osweiler connects with Gerell Robinson for a touchdown. ASU up 14-3 with 12:43 left in the half.

9:55- USC going for it on 4th-and-2 and Matt Barkley finds Robert Woods to convert. Trojan ball at the Sun Devil 41-yard line

7:09- Matt Barkley had Robert Woods wide open for a touchdown, but Deveron Carr deflects the ball at the last minute and the Trojans will be forced to settle for a field goal. ASU leads 14-6.

5:42- ASU goes three-and-out and USC gets a great return and has the ball at the ASU 13-yard line.

Vontaze Burfict intercepts a Matt Barkley pass and ASU is back in business at midfield.

2:07- Osweiler finds Jamal Miles on a swing pass for a touchdown ans ASU now leads 21-6. USC takes over at its own 25-yard line. Big series right here, as USC will have the ball to start the 2nd half.

1:28- Matt Barkley finds Robert Woods for a 57-yard completion, and USC has the ball inside ASU territory at the 14-yard line.

0:51-USC isn’t able to take advantage of the big play and settles for yet another field goal. ASU leads 21-9.

0:00- End of the first half, ASU leads USC 21-9.

Third Quarter

13:50- USC opens up the half with three straight passes and is now in Sun Devil territory, at the 39-yard line.

12:16- Barkley finds Marquise Lee for a 24-yard touchdown, and the Trojans are right back in the game. ASU leads 21-16. USC made that drive look very easy.

10:43- ASU is unable to do anything on offense and is forced to punt. Nervous time at Sun Devil Stadium.

7:28- USC is simply doing anything it pleases on offense so far. Trojans at the ASU 13-yard line looking to take the lead for the first time in the game.

6:41- Marc Tyler gives USC its first lead of the game as he runs it in for a 10-yard touchdown. Trojans making it look very easy so far in the half. USC does fail the 2-point conversion though, so it leads 22-21.

4:11- Brock Osweiler leads ASU back on a much needed scoring drive, as the Sun Devils now have a 28-22 lead. Big big score. ASU’s defense needs to prove it can stop USC.

3:17- ASU gets a huge break as Colin Parker forces a Marc Tyler fumble. USC was driving but now the Sun Devils have the ball at their own 25-yard line. Huge swing of momentum.

1:23- ASU can’t capitalize on the turnover and is forced to punt. USC takes over at its own 9-yard line.

0:00- After three quarters of play, ASU leads USC 28-22. Should be a fun finish.

Fourth Quarter

12:18- USC again moving the ball at will, now at the ASU 19-yard line.

10:21- USC fumbles again in the red-zone, and again ASU recovers. Sun Devil football at their own 18-yard line. Absolutely huge.

6:52- ASU with the ball at the USC 5-yard line. First and goal after the timeout.

6:48- Cameron Marshall runs it in from 5-yards out, and ASU has a 36-22 lead after the two-point conversion.

6:48 – Kickoff goes out of bounds; USC starts from their own 40.

6:37 – Shelly Lyons picks off Matt Barkley, returns the interception for a touchdown. Holding penalty on USC is declined. ASU now leads the game 43-22. That’s now 14 points in 11 seconds.

5:18 – USC has 4th and inches, gets a false start penalty. Now a 4th and 6.

4:58 – Barkley throws an incomplete pass, turns the ball over on downs. That’s now five turnovers for USC.

3:17 – ASU first down to the USC 17, clock continues to move.

0:29 – ASU milking the clock, but turns the ball over on downs at the USC 7. Will still come out victorious.

0:00 – ASU wins!! The Sun Devils come out on top, 43-22. Their first win over USC since 1999.

Key stats – Brock Osweiler: 25-32, 223 yards, 2 TDs, NO interceptions; Cameron Marshall: 25 carries, 141 yards; ASU had 6 penalties for 78 yards

ASU plays Oregon State next week at home as well. That game will be aired live on the Blaze 1330 AM and blazeradioonline.com. Time TBD.

Until then, have a great evening! ASU wins, 43-22!

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