TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Graham's mantra since the day he arrived in the desert had been the same: Go, go, go!
Arizona State had lived up to the coach's high-octane expectations for spurts in games and practices, yet had not been able to fully sustain the pace he preaches.
Once the Sun Devils got rolling against Southern California, there was no stopping them.
Playing the pace game to perfection, Arizona State raced past USC 62-41 on Saturday night, leaving the Trojans gasping while taking control of the Pac-12 South.
Marion Grice scored four touchdowns, two on passes from Taylor Kelly, and the Sun Devils racked up 612 total yards while scoring their most points in 30 all-time games against USC.
"This is the first time I've been here that our tempo dominated an opponent," Graham said.
Two plays got them rolling.
Trailing by one after USC opened the third quarter with a quick scoring drive, the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) scored a pair of touchdowns 47 seconds apart to spark the runaway.
Kelly orchestrated the first, hitting D.J. Foster in stride for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Alden Darby was next, stepping in front of a pass by Cody Kessler for a 46-yard interception return that put the Sun Devils up 34-21.
Arizona State ran away from the Trojans from there.
Grice was the nation's leading scorer coming into the game and stretched his touchdown total to 12 — 18 in seven games over two seasons — scoring on catches of 11 and 8 yards and runs of 9 and 28 yards.
Kelly was solid , throwing for 351 yards on 23-of-34 passing
Behind those two, Arizona State finished with its most total yards in a conference game since gaining 667 against Oregon in 2000 and had its most points in a Pac-10/12 game since scoring 65 against Stanford in 2002.
The Sun Devils did it against a defense that had not allowed more 285 yards — 479 total its previous two games combined — or 14 points in a game this season.
"We didn't just win, we went out and dominated tonight," Graham said. "That was impressive. I was impressed with our team."
USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) had some success on offense, finishing with 542 total yards while looking dominant in two early scoring drives.
The running back duo of Tre Madden and Justin Davis led the Trojans, each scoring three touchdowns. Marqise Lee became USC's all-time leader for yards receiving after catching seven passes for 92 yards, but went out in the fourth quarter with an injury to his left knee suffered on a punt return. Kessler also completed 20 of 29 passes for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
It wasn't nearly enough with four turnovers — two on interceptions by Kessler — and Arizona State piling up yards while matching the most points ever scored against USC.