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12/02/17 - USC is back on top in the Pac-12. The No. 10 Trojans defeated Stanford for the second time this season, beating the No. 12 Cardinal 31-28 in the Pac-12 championship game at Levi's Stadium Friday night. The Trojans (11-2) are conference champions for the first time since 2008, when the conference was the Pac-10. A goal-line stand played a major role in the Trojans' victory, as USC stopped Stanford's Cameron Scarlett on a fourth-down play from the USC 1-yard line with 8:00 remaining in the fourth quarter and USC clinging to a 24-21 lead. USC then went 99 yards for a touchdown that made it 31-21 with 4:22 left, but still had to sweat through a failed onside kick attempt by Stanford with 2:09 left before getting the win. USC beat Stanford 42-24 back on Sept. 9 in Los Angeles, but this one was more difficult. USC quarterback Sam Darnold was 17 of 24 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Ronald Jones II rushed for 140 yards. Bryce Love finished with 125 rushing yards for Stanford (9-4), and quarterback K.J. Costello was 10 of 22 for 192 yards and two scores. - The Sports Xchange
11/19/17 - Junior running back Ronald Jones II rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns, redshirt quarterback Sam Darnold ran in a third and No. 11 USC capped its regular season with a 28-23 victory over UCLA on Saturday. USC (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) already clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 2, but it got all it could handle from its crosstown rival UCLA (5-6, 3-5). The Trojans had particular trouble with the combination of junior quarterback Josh Rosen and junior wide receiver Jordan Lasley. Rosen completed 10 of his passes for 204 of his 421 yards on a 32-of-52 night to Lasley, who set a career yardage high. Lasley hauled in three touchdown receptions, including a 27-yarder in the corner of the end zone with 2:43 remaining to force an onside kick attempt, recovered by USC redshirt senior Matt Lopes. Lasley previously moved UCLA within one score with his acrobatic grab of a deflected, 43-yard toss. That helped set up a 41-yard J.J. Molson field goal to bring the Bruins within four points at 10:19 remaining. USC countered UCLA's prolific passing attack with a consistent pass rush, generating four sacks of Rosen. Senior safety Chris Hawkins, senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Malik Dorton and senior defensive tackle Josh Fatu all recorded one sack. - The Sports Xchange
11/05/17 - With their path to the Pac-12 title game suddenly in peril, No. 17 USC stepped on the gas and left No. 22 Arizona behind them. Ronald Jones II rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns as USC outlasted Arizona for a 49-35 win Saturday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) took sole possession of first place in the South Division. "It's great knowing we control our own destiny," Jones said. "We're really looking forward to going to Colorado and competing in the Pac-12 Championship Game." A win on Nov. 10 seals the South's berth, with USC now holding head-to-head wins against both of the division's two-loss teams, Arizona and Arizona State. Jones scored from five yards out with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter as USC built a 28-6 lead before holding on. He later scored twice on one-yard runs in a span of 2:28 in the fourth after Arizona tied the game at 35-35 on a short TD run by Zach Green.
The Trojans needed the assist from their offense once Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate got rolling. "I was one of the main people hyping (Tate) up on the sideline," Wildcats linebacker Tony Fields II said. "I knew once he scored one, it was going to be a big deal, and that's what happened. Our whole momentum changed." Stymied throughout the first half, Tate's two passing touchdowns to Shun Brown and J.J. Taylor, a rushing score before Green scored and a two-point conversion brought Arizona (6-3, 4-2) roaring back from down 28-6 to force a 35-35 tie with 8:23 left. Jones' first TD in the fourth capped a 72-yard drive with 5:37 remaining. His second TD occurred shortly after Ajene Harris intercepted Tate at the Arizona 25. - The Sports Xchange
10/29/17 - A week after being dominated at Notre Dame, USC did the same sort of thing to Arizona State on Saturday night. Ronald Jones II rushed for 216 yards and two touchdown and Sam Darnold passed for 266 yards and three scores in the No. 21 Trojans' 48-17 Pac-12 victory over Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. "You never want that lingering mentality coming off a loss," USC coach Clay Helton said. "These are very prideful individuals. Usually the better teams can clear it out. It's one step and clear, one play and clear. That's what these kids did. They came out here and had their jaws set and played some of their best football of the season." Jones scored on 67- and 64-yard runs, the second for a 38-17 lead with 10:10 left in the third quarter. His career rushing high is 223 yards against Cal last season.
Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns had six receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Deonta Burnett had four receptions for 49 yards and a score for USC (7-2, 5-1), which had 607 yards total offense, 341 yards rushing. The Trojans and Arizona (6-2, 4-1), the only two one-loss teams in the Pac-12 South, meet in Los Angeles next Saturday. "Maybe our best team effort all the way across the board," Helton said. "When you are trying to win a championship, you have to have one of these victories where you come into a hostile environment and be able to stay in first." - The Sports Xchange
10/14/17 - RB Ronald Jones II has scored at least one touchdown in each of the last 13 games he has played, a nation's-best streak tied with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.