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    [h=3]Colorado Daily – USC[/h]–
    Football 101: Why Colorado has an uphill climb in the Pac-12
    Buff fans knew that it was going to be a difficult climb to the top of the Pac-12 South, but this is getting ridiculous.
    The SEC West may have four teams in the latest top ten poll, but the Pac-12 South is no picnic.
    This week, the Pac-12 South has four teams in the national top 25: No. 16 Arizona; No. 17 Arizona State; No. 20 Utah; and No. 22 USC. The other team in the Pac-12 South not named Colorado is UCLA. The Bruins, the preseason No. 7 team, fell out of the rankings this week, but still had enough votes to come in at No. 26 nationally.
    So, yes, Buff fans, in order to be the No. 5 team in the Pac-12 South, you have to be better than all but 25 teams in the country.
    A tough row to hoe for a team which hasn’t been north of .500 since 2005.

    First Look: USC stat pack
    Top 20 rankings:
    - Third down conversion, offense – 18th
    - Third down conversion, defense – 20th
    - Completion percentage – 6th
    - Red zone defense -*11th
    - Time of possession – 19th
    - Turnovers lost – 4th
    Bottom 20 rankings:
    - Penalties – 117th
    - Penalty yardage – 111th
    - Kickoff returns – 100th
    - Kickoff return defense – 116th
    - Net punting – 105th
    - Punt return defense – 116th
    - Tackles for loss allowed – 121st


    USC “survives” against Arizona
    From the Orange County Register … USC quite simply survived.
    Arizona’s Casey Skowron missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt with 12 seconds left to preserve USC’s 28-26 victory Saturday night in front of 56,574 fans at Arizona Stadium.

    USC survived a furious Arizona rally. A 2-point conversation attempt that would have tied the game. And the final field-goal try, which sailed wide right.

    Tailback Buck Allen put the Trojans in position to win.

    The redshirt junior tailback ran through, past and over Arizona defenders en route to a career game Saturday night. And boy, did USC need it.

    Fresh off a devastating loss and in danger of falling out of the Pac-12 South Division race, the Trojans (4-2, 3-1) rode their determined tailback as far as he could take them.

    Allen rushed for a career-best 205 yards and three touchdowns. His output included 34- and 48-yard touchdown runs in the first half and a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter that saw him drag multiple tacklers down the field.

    “He was tough to bring down,” Arizona safety Jared Tevis said of Allen. “A couple of times, guys were trying to strip the ball out before even securing the tackle and that’s where they got a couple of big runs.”

    … “I said this to the team: ‘God’s got a plan, but we’re not exactly what his plan is for us yet,’ ” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He’s sure testing our will, our resolve, our leadership, our character. I couldn’t be more proud of our team just to continue to fight.”





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