Slide show: ASU football vs. USC Trojans


Photos by Connor Radnovich

In only its fourth game, ASU has already played in arguably the most important game it will play all season.

The Sun Devils needed a win against the USC Trojans Saturday night in order to avoid falling to 0-2 in the Pac-12 conference play. Behind the efforts of junior quarterback Taylor Kelly and senior running back Marion Grice, ASU rolled USC 62-41.

The Sun Devils held a 20-14 lead over the Trojans going into the second half, but USC quickly seized control with a touchdown 46 seconds into the third quarter.

The Sun Devils responded 21 seconds after that on a DJ Foster touchdown catch, retaking the lead, and again 47 seconds later on a Alden Darby interception, starting the onslaught. They scored two more times in the quarter to build a comfortable lead they would hold for the rest of the game.

It was a tough night for USC as the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards, Marqise Lee, left the game with an apparent left knee injury in the fourth quarter.

The school also fired head coach Lane Kiffin in the early hours of Sunday morning after the team arrived back in Los Angeles. USC named assistant coach Ed Orgeron as interim coach for the remainder of the year.

With the dominating win over the Trojans, the Sun Devils move into the AP Top 25 at No. 22.

Notes:

Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain of the band Journey played the national anthem before the game.

ASU faces Notre Dame this Saturday in the Shamrock Series game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Written by Troy Lopez