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September 29, 2013

Final: ASU 62 USC 41

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Marion Grice scored four touchdowns, two on passes from Taylor Kelly, and Arizona State used consecutive big plays in the third quarter to race past Southern California 62-41 on Saturday night.

Arizona State (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) trailed by 1 after USC opened the third quarter with a quick scoring drive.

The Sun Devils ran away from the Trojans after that, scoring a pair of touchdowns 47 seconds apart.

Kelly orchestrated the first, hitting D.J. Foster in stride for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Alden Darby was next, stepping in front of a pass by Cody Kessler for a 46-yard interception return that put the Sun Devils up 34-21.

Tre Madden and Justin Davis each scored three touchdowns for USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12).

It wasn't nearly enough with Arizona State piling up yards while scoring its most points ever against the Trojans and matching the most ever scored against USC.

Behind Kelly and Grice, the Sun Devils racked up 612 total yards against a defense that had not allowed more than 285 yards or 14 points this season. USC allowed 479 yards its previous two games combined.

The nation's scoring leader coming in, Grice pushed his touchdown total to 12 - 18 the past seven games over two seasons - with catches of 11 and 8 yards along with runs of 9 and 28 yards.

Kelly completed 23 of 34 passes for 351 yards.

Madden had 194 total yards, with two touchdowns receiving, and Davis had 122 yards and three scores on the ground.

Kessler threw for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Marqise Lee became USC's career yards receiving leader after catching seven passes for 92 yards.

Already with a conference loss each, neither team wanted another; 0-2 would be a huge hill to climb toward a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

Advantage: Arizona State.

USC looked good early, rolling over the Sun Devils on a pair of scoring drives in the first half. Davis capped the first with a 26-yard run and Madden the second with a 10-yard reception to put the Trojans up 14-7.

Not much went right after that.

USC closed the first half with a pair of turnovers - an interception on a ball that went off Lee's hands and a fumble by Madden - to set up Zane Gonzalez field goals.

Settling for field goals looked like it might hurt Arizona State when USC quickly marched down the field for a touchdown to open the third quarter.

Lee caught a 51-yard pass on the drive to pass Johnny Morton's school record of 3,201 career receiving yards, and Madden followed with a 24-yard touchdown run that put the Trojans up 21-20.

No worries for the quick-striking Sun Devils.

Kelly found Foster open over the middle on the next play - something the Trojans had trouble defending early in the game - and he raced off for a 74-yard touchdown.

Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against USC last season and made it two straight years with a pick-six, racing off for a 46-yarder after reading Kessler's eyes.

Arizona State kept the momentum rolling, moving quickly down the field for an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kelly to Grice that put the Sun Devils up 41-21. Grice followed with his third touchdown of the night, a 9-yard run off right tackle that put the Sun Devils up 48-21.

USC tried to rally, pulling within 48-34 on a 48-yard touchdown reception by Madden and Davis' 15-yard scoring run, but Grice put the game out of reach with his 28-yard scamper to the left pylon with just over 7 minutes left.

Arizona State: Michael Eubank 1 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
USC: Justin Davis 26 yd run (Andre Heidari kick)
USC: Tre Madden 10 yd pass from Cody Kessler (Andre Heidari kick)
Arizona State: Marion Grice 11 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 28 yd FG
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 21 yd FG
USC: Tre Madden 24 yd run (Andre Heidari kick)
Arizona State: D.J. Foster 74 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Alden Darby 46 yd interception return (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Marion Grice 8 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Marion Grice 9 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
USC: Tre Madden 48 yd pass from Cody Kessler (missed kick)
USC: Justin Davis 15 yd run (Andre Heidari kick)
Arizona State: Marion Grice 28 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Deantre Lewis 1 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
USC: Justin Davis 58 yd run (Andre Heidari kick)
Arizona StateUSC
Total Plays7067
Average Gain8.78.1
Average per rush7.56.7
Yards Lost0-18
Fumbles Lost01
Penalty Yards5054
Time of Possesion26:2633:34
Punt Average35.2542.8
Return Yards9078
Taylor Kelly23343513110.3
Michael Eubank110000.0
Cody Kessler20292952210.2
Tre Madden010010.0
Taylor Kelly479019.8
Deantre Lewis564112.8
Marion Grice126325.3
D.J. Foster95005.6
R.J. Robinson2904.5
Michael Eubank2-11-0.5
Tre Madden2012816.4
Justin Davis10122312.2
Javorius Allen21507.5
Cody Kessler5-180-3.6
Jaelen Strong7103014.7
Marion Grice73625.1
Chris Coyle587017.4
D.J. Foster380126.7
De'Marieya Nelson124024.0
Kevin Ozier121021.0
Marqise Lee792013.1
Tre Madden366222.0
Nelson Agholor364021.3
Xavier Grimble239019.5
Victor Blackwell226013.0
Jahleel Pinner2603.0
Soma Vainuku1202.0

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