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Arizona State vs. USC: Sun Devils blow second half lead

Arizona State couldn't take advantage of a series of Trojan mistakes as they came up short on the road in a 38-17 loss on Saturday.

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Devils and Wildcats even in Pac-12 South standings

With the Devils dropping four straight and the Wildcats turning their season around, the major college football teams in Arizona are now tied in the Pac-12 South.

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Arizona State vs. USC final: Sun Devils lose 38-17

The USC Trojans handed the Arizona State Sun Devils their fourth consecutive loss with a 38-17 win Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. ASU held the lead as late as midway through the third quarter, but the Trojans' defense clamped down as the offense kicked into gear to pull out in front.

Matt Barkley threw three interceptions in the first three quarters, one of which was taken back for a touchdown by Alden Darby to give ASU a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

USC's ability to come back after mistakes was the story of the day. The Trojans turned the ball over three times in total, including a fumble by Marqise Lee to start the game and set up the Sun Devils' first touchdown.

After ASU took the lead in the third quarter, 17-14, following Barkley's third interception, the Trojans began to take over. Two consecutive drives ended in scores from running back Curtis McNeal, and USC took a comfortable 28-17 lead to the fourth.

Arizona State couldn't do much on offense to close the game, and USC snapped its two-game losing streak to keep hopes of a Rose Bowl trip alive.

Box Score Hero: McNeal took the throne from Lee by rushing for 163 yards and two scores. He also added a 22-yard touchdown catch.

Rankings Ramifications: No. 19 USC would have surely fallen out of the rankings with a loss, but they now have a chance to move up with a win.

But Did They Cover? USC's dominant second half allowed them to cover, as they were favored by 10.5.

Next Week's Schedule: USC visits rival UCLA with a trip to the Pac-12 Championship game on the line. ASU will look to end its losing streak against Washington State.

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ASU fall behind, 28-17, after 3rd quarter

The Arizona State Sun Devils trail the USC Trojans, 28-17, after three quarters of play Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. ASU has been able to take advantage of USC mistakes to stay within striking distance, but the Trojans took over in the last half of the third quarter.

Arizona State's Carl Bradford made a spectacular play to start the third, knocking down a Matt Barkley pass and grabbing the ball himself for the interception. The Sun Devils would move down the field after the turnover before stalling inside the 10. ASU was forced to settle for a field goal.

All 17 of Arizona State's points have come off of USC turnovers.

The Trojans came back to capture the lead for the first time on the ensuing possession. A nine-play, 59-yard drive was finished by a 5-yard touchdown run from Curtis McNeal.

A failed fourth-and-1 attempt may prove to be the death blow as the Sun Devils gave the ball back to the Trojans at midfield with just more than four minutes to go in the quarter. USC would face their own fourth-and-1 just minutes later, and convert on their way to another touchdown.

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Sun Devils knotted with Trojans at 7 after 1st

The Arizona State Sun Devils are tied, 7-7, with the USC Trojans after one quarter of play in Los Angeles.

ASU is looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak to become bowl eligible, and they got off to a hot start.

The Sun Devils got the scoring started with 10:51 left in the first quarter. Wide receiver Chris Coyle got behind the defense and Taylor Kelly hit him with a 31-yard touchdown strike. That capped a five-play, 38-yard drive that followed a fumble by USC wideout Marqise Lee. The star would make up for the mistake a few drives later.

USC's offense struggled to move the ball in its first three drives, but got a quick strike from Lee to tie the game last in the quarter. Matt Barkley hit the receiver on an 80-yard touchdown for USC's first points of the day.

Things would get wild after that. ASU fumbled the ensuing kickoff back to the Trojans. On the next play, ASU intercepted Barkley to get the ball back. The Sun Devils have the ball to start the second quarter.

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Ronnie Lott previews this weekend's ASU/USC game

One of the best safeties of all time spoke with House of Sparky this week to break down ASU's game with USC.

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Opponent Q&A: Devils' D needs to pressure USC

SB Nation's ASU and USC bloggers get together to preview Saturday's noon showdown as the Sun Devils look to hand USC its fourth loss of the season.

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Will Sutton recovered as Sun Devils prep for USC

The defensive tackle should be at full strength in Los Angeles this week as the Sun Devils face USC.

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ASU vs. USC: The most important game of 2012

Saturday's game between ASU and USC is about as must win as must win games come. Here are the best and worse case scenarios for the Sun Devils as both teams face the possibility of irrelevancy following this game.

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The 2012 Sun Devils are not like the 2011 team.

Despite the appearance, there is a big difference between last year's and this year's team

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Todd Graham says 'don't give up' on ASU football

The Sun Devils have stumbled after a fast start to the season, and fans are becoming restless. Head coach Todd Graham doesn't think worry is necessary.

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ASU's Graham Not Ready To Call Fat Lady Just Yet

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham knows what his team is capable of. He just needs everyone in Sun Devils nation to be patient enough to see it.

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USC opens as 10 point favorite over ASU

Coming off a loss to No. 3 Oregon, the Trojans open as a touchdown-and-a-half favorite over the Arizona State Sun Devils.

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