September 25, 2011 in Sports

Pac 12 roundup: Arizona State runs over USC

 
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Arizona State’s Cameron Marshall runs for a first-half touchdown Saturday night against USC.
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Cameron Marshall ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona State forced four turnovers to end an 11-game losing streak to Southern California with a 43-22 win over the No. 23 Trojans Saturday night at Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) survived a first-quarter dust storm and a third-quarter flurry by USC to hand the Trojans (3-1, 1-1) their first loss after three home wins.

The Sun Devils got past the Trojans with a balanced offense, with Marshall powering through the Trojans while Brock Osweiler hit 25 of 32 passes for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Arizona State had no turnovers while its defense forced USC quarterback Matt Barkley into three, the final a 41-yard interception return by Shelly Lyons that put the Sun Devils up 21 midway through the fourth quarter.

USC’s players spent the buildup to the game talking about how dirty the Sun Devils were, but the Trojans were the ones who had a hard time keeping their cool, struggling to stay composed in Arizona State’s end while safety T.J. McDonald was hit with three personal foul penalties.

(10) Oregon 56, Arizona 31: LaMichael James rushed for a school-record 288 yards and broke the school mark for career rushing touchdowns with two scores to lead the Ducks (3-1, 1-0) over the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) at Tucson, Ariz.

Oregon, the two-time defending Pac-10 champion, won its 13th consecutive conference game, blowing open a 35-3 lead then holding off a Wildcats rally before pulling away.

All but the last of the Ducks’ seven touchdown drives lasted less than 3 minutes. Darron Thomas passed for two scores and ran for two more

Nick Foles completed 33 of 55 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats.

UCLA 27, Oregon State 19: Richard Brehaut threw for a touchdown and ran for another and the struggling Bruins (2-2, 1-0) came to life with a victory over the Beavers (0-3, 0-1) at Corvallis, Ore.

Brehaut, who was named starter for the game after Kevin Prince struggled in last week’s loss to Texas at the Rose Bowl, completed 7 of 11 passes for 146 yards for the Bruins.

The loss spoiled redshirt freshman Sean Mannion’s debut as starter for the Beavers, who fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996. Mannion completed 24 of 40 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown, but he was also intercepted and had a costly fumble for a UCLA score.

Ohio State 37, Colorado 17: In his first college start, Braxton Miller tossed two touchdown passes to Devin Smith as the Buckeyes (3-1) rebounded for a victory at Columbus, Ohio, that extended the error-prone Buffaloes’ (1-3) school-record road losing skid to 19 in a row.

Jordan Hall rushed for 84 yards and a TD and also had a 90-yard kickoff return to set up another score for the Buckeyes, who lost 24-6 last week at Miami to drop out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in almost seven years.

Miller hit on 5 of 13 passes for 83 yards, just one more completion than Ohio State had in the punchless loss. But he threw scoring strikes covering 32 and 17 yards to Smith and also ran for 83 yards on 17 carries.

Colorado has not won a road game since Oct. 27, 2007, at Texas Tech.


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