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USC vs. Arizona 2012: Behind heart, Wildcats shock Trojans

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.