Already with a conference loss each, neither team wanted another; 0-2 would be a huge hill to climb toward a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.
Advantage: Arizona State.
USC looked good early, rolling over the Sun Devils on a pair of scoring drives in the first half. Davis capped the first with a 26-yard run and Madden the second with a 10-yard reception to put the Trojans up 14-7.
Not much went right after that.
USC closed the first half with a pair of turnovers — an interception on a ball that went off Lee's hands and a fumble by Madden — to set up Zane Gonzalez field goals.
Settling for field goals looked like it might hurt Arizona State when USC quickly marched down the field for a touchdown to open the third quarter.
Lee caught a 51-yard pass on the drive to pass Johnny Morton's school record of 3,201 career receiving yards, and Madden followed with a 24-yard touchdown run that put the Trojans up 21-20.
No worries for the quick-striking Sun Devils.
Kelly found Foster open over the middle on the next play — something the Trojans had trouble defending early in the game — and he raced off for a 74-yard touchdown.
Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against USC last season and made it two straight years with a pick-six, racing off for a 46-yarder after reading Kessler's eyes.
"It was kind of surreal to have a pick six last year and do it again," Darby said.
Arizona State kept the momentum rolling, moving quickly down the field for an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kelly to Grice that put the Sun Devils up 41-21. Grice followed with his third touchdown of the night, a 9-yard run off right tackle that put the Sun Devils up 48-21.
USC tried to rally, pulling within 48-34 on a 48-yard touchdown reception by Madden and Davis' 15-yard scoring run, but Grice put the game out of reach with his 28-yard scamper to the left pylon with just over 7 minutes left.
Worse yet, Lee, USC's All-American receiver, may be down for a while after having to be helped from the field by teammates.
"This one hurts," Kessler said. "I mean I feel that our offense played a pretty good game. There was definitely mistakes and turnovers that were there but we still should have put some more points up on the board."
It still might not have been enough the way the Sun Devils were rolling.
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