Arizona upsets No. 10 USC
By The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:46 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. — Matt Scott had 469 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns, helping Arizona overcome a huge day by USC's Marqise Lee to beat the 10th-ranked Trojans, 39-36, on Saturday.
Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12-record 345 yards and two touchdowns to help USC (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) build a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter.
But Scott led Arizona (5-3, 2-3) back, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to David Richards that put the Wildcats up 39-28 with just over 5 minutes left.
The Trojans answered quickly with Silas Redd's second rushing touchdown, from 10 yards, but remain stuck on 799 wins as a program after Matt Barkley's last-ditch pass into the end zone was swatted down for the program's biggest win under new coach Rich Rodriguez.
Scott finished 27 for 50 passing and ran for 100 yards before missing Arizona's final possession with an undisclosed injury.
Austin Hill had 10 catches for 259 yards to help the Wildcats hold on for the upset victory after coming up just short against the Trojans a year ago.
Barkley threw for 493 yards and three touchdowns on 31 of 49 passing, but threw two interceptions. USC had five turnovers and 13 penalties for 117 yards as its national championship hopes faded.
These two teams put on an offensive show last season in the Coliseum, trading big plays while combining for over 1,100 yards. The Trojans won that one, 48-41, surviving Arizona's second-half comeback thanks to Barkley's school-record 468 yards and four touchdowns passing.
They spent the first half of the rematch trying to get out of their own way.
Barkley threw his two interceptions and overthrew tight end Xavier Grimble in the end zone on a fourth down. Redd also lost fumble in the first half, and safety Jawanza Sterling lost a fumble on an interception return.
USC also had some discipline problems, getting eight penalties for 79 yards in the first half. One of those was a taunting call against safety T.J. McDonald that extended Arizona's opening drive, which Scott capped by hitting Johnny Jackson on an 8-yard touchdown pass.
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