No. 20 Fresno State came out of the half trailing by 29 and without any semblance of an offensive rhythm.
The Bulldogs were held to a three and out, but got a break when Nelson Agholor muffed the punt, which the Bulldogs recovered.
Derek Carr managed to settle in a bit and found Davante Adams down the left sideline for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The score came a few plays after Kevon Seymour dropped a would-be interception in the end zone.
With some of their momentum taken away, No. 20 USC moved the ball down the field and settled for an Andre Heidari 39-yard field goal to extend their lead to 38-13.
After a strong defensive stand from the Trojans forced the Bulldogs into a three and out, but were unable to put any points on the board.
The Bulldogs gained some momentum as they moved the ball down the field but Carr was intercepted by Josh Shaw as he attempted to complete a pass to Devante Adams in the end zone.
Shaw’s interception preserved the Trojans’ 25-point lead and put them in position to extend their lead and apply more pressure to the Bulldogs.
Offensively the Trojans struggled for much of the third quarter, but were able to withstand that and losing starting defensive tackle George Uko, who was ejected for making contact with an official.