It was all over but the recovery, but an onsides kick that was dropped gave the USC Trojans enough of a window to complete a massive comeback and defeat the Arizona State Sun Devils 28-27 on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Quarterback Kedon Slovis was 40-55 for 381 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His last pass of the game was this dime on 4th and 9 with the game on the to put the Trojans in front with just 80 seconds remaining.
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Slovis might have impressed the NFL even more here.
4th and 9. Looks off multiple defenders and then accurately throws it over two defenders into a tight window for a TD.pic.twitter.com/9ZhcHKt10S
The only reason USC was in that position was due to an onsides kick recovery with 2:52 remaining that went through the hands the Sun Devils, who would have gone home winners with a recovery.
Because of the shortened season in the Pac-12, this is likely USC’s toughest test during their scheduled six-game slate. They’ll now have the inside track to the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Rose Bowl, and the constant chatter around Clay Helton’s employment status should quiet to a murmur.
At least until next Saturday against Arizona in Tucson.