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McKnight helps USC avoid another upset

Oct 14, 2007 - 12:57 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Joe McKnight made sure Southern California wasn't upset for a second straight week.

The highly touted freshman set up the eventual game-winning score with a 45-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter as the 10th-ranked Trojans bounced back from last week's stunning loss to Stanford with a 20-13 victory over Arizona Saturday.

The Trojans (5-1, 3-1 PAC 10), who lost All-American left tackle Sam Baker to a hamstring injury in the first half, was lethargic on offense until McKnight returned the ball to the Wildcat 25 at the 10:47 mark of the fourth quarter.

"I know what he's got - he's just a fantastic football player," said USC coach Pete Carroll of McKnight. "It's just a confidence deal.

"He has so much stuff and he's going to continue to make good plays. The punt return was exhilarating."

On the next play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez, making his first career start in place of injured John David Booty, hooked up with Fred Davis for a 25-yard scoring pass to put USC ahead, 17-13. It was Sanchez's first career TD pass.

"That first touchdown pass ... I couldn't sleep all last night thinking about it," Sanchez said. "I just wanted to get one under my belt at least."

"But more than anything we just needed a win more than a touchdown pass. I just couldn't lose this game - we couldn't lose this game, we weren't going to let it happen."

McKnight also scampered 59 yards on the Trojans' final drive, which covered 86 yards and was capped off with a 24-yard field goal by David Buehler with 57 seconds left.

"I really haven't been proving to people what I can do so I hope I've proven it to them now," McKnight said.

For the game McKnight rushed for a team-high 76 yards on 13 carries. Sanchez completed 18-of-30 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted twice.

The Trojans took a 10-0 lead after an 18-yard TD run by Chauncey Washington in the first quarter and a 27-yard field goal by Buehler midway through the second quarter.

Arizona (2-5, 1-3) struck back after Buehler's field goal with an eight-play drive that covered 74 yards, capped off by a one-yard scoring plunge by quarterback Willie Tuitama.

Late in the first half Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason intercepted Sanchez at the USC 46 and returned it to the USC 19, which set up a 28-yard field goal by Jason Bondzio to knot the score at 10.

Arizona then broke a 10-10 tie on its first possession of the second half on a 45-yard field goal by Bondzio.

Tuitama finished 30-for-43 for 233 yards and Mike Thomas caught 12 passes for 83 yards for the Wildcats.

"It's a tough loss. I thought we had a great opportunity, but we let it slip away in the late third, early in the fourth," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "I thought we could take the game into the fourth quarter and make some plays but we never did.

"They made the plays in the fourth quarter to ice the game."








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 0 10 3 0 13
    USC (10) 7 3 0 10 20 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON 18 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK), 11:18.
    USC 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 27 YD, 6:14. USC
    10-0
    ARIZONA - TD, APAIATA TUIHALAMAKA 1 YD RUN
    (JASON BONDZIO KICK

    Oct 13 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG USC
    DAVID BUEHLER 23 YD
    ARIZONA 13
    USC (10) 20 0:57 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Arizona vs. USC(10)Oct 13 6:53 PM
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  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    FRED DAVIS 25 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    ARIZONA 13
    USC (10) 17 10:47 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 0 10 3 13
    USC (10) 7 3 0 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON 18 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK), 11:18.
    USC 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 27 YD, 6:14. USC
    10-0
    ARIZONA - TD, APAIATA TUIHALAMAKA 1 YD RUN
    (JA

    Oct 13 6:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARIZONA
    JASON BONDZIO 45 YD
    ARIZONA 13
    USC (10) 10 11:14 LEFT, 3RD QTR

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    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 0 10 10
    USC (10) 7 3 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON 18 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK), 11:18.
    USC 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 27 YD, 6:14. USC
    10-0
    ARIZONA - TD, APAIATA TUIHALAMAKA 1 YD RUN
    (JASON BOND

    Oct 13 5:01 PM


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    FG ARIZONA
    JASON BONDZIO 28 YD
    ARIZONA 10
    USC (10) 10 1:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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  • NCAAF
    TD ARIZONA
    APAIATA TUIHALAMAKA 1 YD RUN
    (JASON BONDZIO KICK)
    ARIZONA 7
    USC (10) 10 5:31 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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  • NCAAF
    FG USC
    DAVID BUEHLER 27 YD
    ARIZONA 0
    USC (10) 10 8:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 0 0
    USC (10) 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON 18 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK), 11:18.
    USC 7-0

    Oct 13 4:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    CHAUNCEY WASHINGTON 18 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    ARIZONA 0
    USC (10) 7 3:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. USC(10)Oct 13 4:01 PM
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