USC Football: What Oregon Means for Arizona

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Nov 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) carries the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Oregon defeated USC 62-51. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Against Oregon: Marqise Lee and the USC offense exploded for 615 total yards and 51 points against the Ducks. The Trojans averaged 7.7 yards per play and converted eight of 13  third downs. Lee led the team with 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns, along with 251 yards returning kicks. He averaged 31 yards a return. Nelson Agholor also got in on the action with six catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.

What that means for Arizona State: This was the USC offense we’ve been waiting for, and it is for real. For the first time this season Lane Kiffin let his offense go crazy. Lee was unstoppable. Matt Barkley, despite two interceptions (one of which should have been negated by a blatant pass interference that went uncalled), was at his best, throwing for 482 yards and four touchdowns. The emergence of Agholor was a pleasant surprise and he could be a big weapon going forward. Meanwhile, Silas Redd continued his strong season with 91 yards at 5.1 yards per carry and two touchdowns.

Arizona State has the best pass efficiency defense in the conference and sits 13th nationally in that category. They also rank second in the country in sacks and tackles for loss. This game will be a much stiffer test for the Trojan offensive line and the offense as a whole. However, if Kiffin keeps his foot on the gas like he did against Oregon, there’s no reason to believe this offense can be stopped.

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