Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans tight end Bryson Lloyd (49) runs up field to score a 49 yard touchdown as Arizona Wildcats cornerback Shaquille Richardson (5) and safety Wayne Capers Jr. (12) pursue during the first half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

USC vs. Arizona: Trojans Cling To A 28-26 Lead After The Third Quarter

With the way the game opened, the fact that the game opened with USC getting an offsides penalty on the kickoff was expected.

After that though, both teams settled down enough to get the game going. Arizona couldn’t do much with their first possession and were quickly forced off the field. Then with the ball back in Matt Barkley’s hands, he did what he has been doing well this game: targeted Lee for a deep pass for another Trojan touchdown. Leading up to that, USC went 87 yards in 7 plays, with the ground game getting some face time for the first real time in the game. Backup RB D.J. Morgan is playing for some respect, gaining 50 yards on seven touches. But it would be–surprise surpise–Marqise Lee that got the job done once again. Lee sprinted 44 yards into the endzone for his second touchdown on the day and while he was at it, he set a new USC single game record for receiving yards.

And there is still a quarter and a half left to play.

But Arizona proved they were not out of this game, coming back to score when Matt Scott ran it in from ten yards out, closing the game to 28-20. They took just 1:18 off the clock on that scoring drive.

USC continued to let up on Arizona, and it did not benefit them to do so: while continuing to put the ball on the ground even though throwing has yielded much success, RB Morgaon fumbled and the Widldcats recovered. They would score again courtesy of a nine-yard pass to Wildcat WR Dan Buckner, cutting the lead down to two points. After an unsuccessful two-point conversion that would have tied it up, USC clutches a 28-26 lead.

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