Arizona State’s historic 62-41 defeat of USC on Saturday night earned national attention. The sports world, and even some general news outlets, was intrigued by the Sun Devils’ resounding victory against one of college football’s preeminent programs.
The firing of Trojans coach Lane Kiffin a few hours after the end of the game added to the interest in the story.
Devils in Detail offers the following “bits and bytes” from the ASU vs. USC matchup:
“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.”
“Between the sanctions and injuries, the Trojans played at Arizona State on Saturday night with 56 recruited scholarship players; teams are allowed 85 scholarships. The lack of depth was evident at times in that game, and in the end, Kiffin was held ultimately responsible.”
“Arizona State finally saw how good they can be as a team when they play mistake free football. Coming off their first loss of the season, the tale of the tape for the Sun Devils in their past two games had been missed opportunities. They cleaned that up by only turning the ball over once on offense while going six of eight in the red zone against the Trojans defense, who coming into the game had the top red zone defense in the country.”
“After leading 21-20 right after halftime, USC’s defense allowed 28 straight Sun Devil points, giving Arizona State a 48-21 advantage. The Sun Devils would set a new record for points scored against USC in the win and total over 600 yards of offense while doing so.”