BOULDER, Colo. – Sophomore Javorius Allen ran for a career-best 145 yards and three touchdowns and No. 23 Southern California beat Colorado 47-29 in 29-degree weather, tied for the second-coldest kickoff in the Trojans’ storied history.
The Trojans (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Buffaloes (4-7, 1-7) while improving to 6-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
The only downer for the Trojans was getting left out in the cold in the Pac-12 race as No. 19 Arizona State held off UCLA 38-33 earlier Saturday to clinch the South Division.
Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler was 19 of 28 for 184 yards and two TDs.
Allen averaged 6.9 yards on his 21 carries.
The Trojans have played in a handful of 29-degree games. The only time they played in a colder game was on Nov. 30, 1957, when they lost 40-12 at Notre Dame in 20-degree weather, the last time they had to play in snow.
This time, the snow that blanketed the Front Range earlier in the week was plowed off to the side by the start of the game.