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#20 USC barely survives, Clay Helton allowed to return to Heritage Hall

The Tinseltown drama started early this season, and only a recovered onsides kick keeps the Trojans from imploding in Week 1.

Drake Jackson, Caleb Tremblay, Nick Figueroa and Palaie Gaoteote IV #1 of the USC Trojans taunt Rachaad White of the Arizona State Sun Devils after a tackle during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

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.

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.