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Wildcats shock USC in huge upset

Rich Rodriguez continued his strong first year in Tucson, as Arizona defeated the No. 9 team in the country in a dramatic 39-36 win.

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Arizona ranked No. 24 in AP Poll

The Arizona Wildcats are the only three-loss team in the AP Top 25 Poll following their upset victory over USC.

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Matt Scott wins Walter Camp weekly award

Scott led the Wildcats to one of the biggest upsets of the season and put the nation on notice of how explosive the Wildcats' offense can be.

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SB Nation's Arizona blog reacts to win over USC

The unranked Arizona Wildcats came out of Saturday's game against No. 9 USC Trojans at Arizona Stadium with their biggest victory of the season, upsetting the West Coast powerhouse by the score of 39-36.

It was a marquee win for Richard Rodriguez and his Wildcats, who improved to 5-3 on the season and 2-3 in the Pac-12 conference, though it was ugly. As SB Nation's Arizona Wildcats blog, Arizona Desert Swarm, notes, the victory came with more heart than heady play.

But it was Rich Rodriguez's club that came away with a 39-36 victory against the No. 9 Trojans in Tucson, and it was done with more heart than heady play. And the Wildcats took more than their second victory in Pac-12 play to move to 5-3 on the year. Arizona crushed USC's BCS aspirations and with that the legacy of Barkley, who shunned the NFL for a shot at history.

The Wildcats allowed more than 600 yards to the Trojans, nearly 500 of which came from Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley. Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee accumulated for a staggering 345 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.

Arizona will now head out of state to take on the 6-2 UCLA Bruins on Saturday, Nov. 3, as the Wildcats hope to improve their conference record to .500.

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Arizona vs. USC final: Wildcats win 39-36

The Arizona Wildcats pulled off a shocking 39-36 upset over the No. 9 USC Trojans in Tucson Saturday afternoon, as Matt Scott out-dueled Matt Barkley despite suffering a concussion late in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter, with Barkley throwing an interception and turning the ball over on downs on USC's first two drives.

The Trojans offense exploded in the second quarter, though, as wide receiver Marqise Lee wrangled in catches of 50, 49, 32 and 28 yards. But after the 21 point outburst in that fifteen minute period, the USC offense was relatively quiet in the second half with only 15 points to Arizona's 26.

Lee caught a 44-yard touchdown on USC's first drive coming out of the locker room, but the Wildcats then scored on four consecutive drives to take a 39-28 lead. Scott sustained what looked to be a concussion during that offensive eruption, but stayed on the field to lead the Wildcats on their game-winning drive despite vomiting following a shot to the head.

After the Trojans got a Silas Redd rushing touchdown and a two point conversion to cut the deficit to three points, the Wildcats took three and a half minutes off the clock with running back Ka'Deem Carey doing his job in clock-killing mode. Barkley and company were able to move to the Arizona 48 when the got the ball back with less then a minute left but his Hail Mary heave to Lee came up just a bit short.

Box Score Hero: Lost in all the commotion was Marquis Lee's eye-popping final stat line of 16 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Scott got his stock in the Pac-12 raised, too, with 369 passing yards and 3 touchdowns against 1interception.

Rankings Ramifications: Don't be surprised if the Wildcats get some top-25 consideration after this one, but the outcome will affect the Trojans more than anyone. They'll be closer to the 20's than the 10's in the BCS' eyes after racking up their second conference loss.

But Did They Cover? As 6-point favorites, the Trojans didn't do their job.

Next Week's Schedule: The Wildcats will be looking to carry the strong play they showcased Saturday into next weekend's road matchup against the other Los Angeles school, the UCLA Bruins. The Trojans, on the other hand, will be getting their stiffest test of the season as No. 4 Oregon heads into town for a marquee Pac-12 showdown.

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USC leads Arizona, 28-26, at start of 4th quarter

The USC Trojans have a 28-26 over the Arizona Wildcats heading into the fourth quarter in Tuscon. The Wildcats fell behind two scores, but have made it a game with 15 minutes to play.

Marqise Lee has been spectacular, having already set the USC and Pac-12 records for receiving yards in a game. The question remains whether the star wideout can top the FBS record of 405. Lee currently has 313 yards receiving.

Lee added to his total with a 44-yard touchdown catch from Matt Barkley early in the third quarter. That capped an 87-yard drive to put USC up two scores and in control.

Arizona battled back, and eventually broke through for their first points of the second half on a 10-yard rushing touchdown to pull the Wildcats with eight points. The play was setup by a 42-yard pass from Scott to Austin Hill.

Hill is having his own special day, as he has 199 yards for the game.

The Wildcats came right back and forced recovered a fumble by USC's D.J. Morgan on the ensuing drive. It was USC's fourth turnover of the game. Morgan suffered an injury to his leg on the play.

Scott hit Dan Buckner on a 9-yard touchdown following the fumble to put Arizona within two points with 1:42 to play in the third. The Wildcats attempted to tie the game, but failed on a two-point coversion try.

USC has driven into Arizona territory as the 4th quarter begins.

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Trojans come back for 21-13 halftime lead

The Arizona Wildcats are trailing the No. 9 USC Trojans, 21-13, at halftime on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans are having little trouble moving the ball, but a combination of penalties and Arizona red-zone defense has kept them from running up a big point total. Still, USC came up with three touchdowns before halftime to pull out in front.

USC appeared to be in position to score at the beginning of the second quarter, but running back Silas Redd fumbled the ball away on the Arizona 16-yard line. It was the second straight time a Trojans drive ended inside the red zone.

On USC's next drive, Matt Barkley hit Marqise Lee on a 50-yard pass to set the Trojans up deep in Arizona territory for the fourth time on the day. The Trojans would finally get on the board when Barkley hit Xavier Grimble on a tight end screen for a 12-yard touchdown. Robert Woods made a big block to spring Grimble on the play.

Marquis Flowers picked off Barkley for the second time on USC's next possession, but the Arizona offense stalled in Trojans territory after failing on a fourth-down attempt.

Lee put the Trojans in front on the ensuing possession with a 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Lee has 12 catches for 255 yards through two quarters.

Arizona drove inside the USC 30 on the next possession, but appeared to give the ball away on an interception. Fortunately for the Wildcats, Jawanza Starling fumbled on the return and Arizona was given new life. John Bonano hit a 43-yard field goal attempt to finish the first-half scoring for the Wildcats.

The Trojans went on to add another score before halftime, with Lee making three catches on the drive. D.J. Morgan scored from three yards out to extend the USC lead.

The Wildcats weren't done, and drove into USC territory after a big kickoff return. Bonano hit another field goal to trim the deficit to 5, but the field goal was waived off due to holding. He would miss the next attempt from 37 yards.

The Wildcats get the ball to start the second half.

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Upset-minded Arizona out to 10-0 lead on USC

The Arizona Wildcats have upset on their minds as they have jumped out to an early 10-0 lead over the USC Trojans on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats defense made a big play early, intercepting Matt Barkley in Arizona territory. USC helped Arizona on the ensuing drive, garnering a personal foul taunting penalty and moving the offense into Trojan territory. Matt Scott would connect with Austin Hill on a 30-yard pass two plays later to put Arizona at the ten.

Scott hit Johnny Jackson to cap the drive from eight yards out, putting the Wildcats into the lead with 7:20 left in the first.

USC answered immediately by driving in Arizona territory. The Trojans failed to convert a fourth and 2 from the Wildcats 15 as Barkley sailed a pass over an open receiver in the endzone. The Wildcats made USC pay on the next play from scrimmage, as Austin Hill took a screen pass 56 yards down the field to set the Arizona offensive up for a scoring opportunity again.

The Wildcats appeared to score on a 2-yard carry from Ka'Deem Carey, but the touchdown was called back by a holding penalty. USC would return the favor when Leonard Williams ripped Carey's helmet off on the next play, resulting in a 1st and Goal from the four for Arizona. UA could not capitalize, and settled for a field goal.

The Trojans have a 1st and 10 from midfield as the second quarter begins.

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Wildcats, Trojans prepare for high-scoring battle

Arizona's and USC's offenses have been great this season. Is either team going to be able to stop them?

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JUCO OL Trenton Brown visits Tucson for UofA/USC

JUCO offensive tackle visiting Tucson for clash between Wildcats and No. 9 USC Trojans.

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Arizona vs. USC gameday information

Previewing this weekend's key Pac-12 matchup between Arizona and USC.

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Keys to the game for Arizona vs. USC

Examining what the Wildcats must do well to pull the upset over No. 9 USC.

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Wildcats release awesome teaser video for USC game

Arizona's media department put some serious effort into this teaser video. If this doesn't get you excited, I'm not sure what does.

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Arizona Wildcats release injury report for USC

The Wildcats have a couple of key players whose status is up in the air for Saturday's game.

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Ka'Deem Carey named to Maxwell watch list

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey was named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Wednesday.

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RichRod says UA needs a complete game to beat USC

Arizona finally got its first Pac-12 win on Saturday, and now faces another tough game with USC coming to town.

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