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Arizona falls flat against USC, loses 24-21

Posted By Henry Childs On Nov 14 2010 @ 2:14 am In Arizona | 1 Comment

The USC Trojans pounded away at Arizona all night long, as the Wildcats fell 24-21 to the Trojans in Tucson.

USC used a balance attack to take down Arizona, led by running back Marc Tyler, who had 160 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Quarterback Matt Barkley didn’t play spectacular, but well enough, as he finished 21 of 35 for 175 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.

Before the game, I said that Matt Barkley was the biggest threat to Arizona’s defense. But actually, the running game proved much more dangerous, as the Trojans finished the game with 205 yards on the ground.

For the Wildcats, the offense piled on 404 total yards, but were much more one-dimensional than USC. Nick Foles played tremendously, passing for 353 yards and three touchdowns. But the running game had absolutely no chance, and Arizona as a team only ran for only 51 yards.

The Wildcats came out flat in this game, and the finished flat, too. USC came out with a nothing-to-lose mentality, and it proved costly for Arizona. The offense for UA tried a no-huddle, hurry up offense at times, and it worked sometimes, too. But I was very impressed by the way USC was able to stop a rushing attack that had been playing very well the past month or so.

On a positive note, it looked like Foles has fully recovered from his injury that set him back two games. After a poor game last week against Stanford, the quarterback looked very good tonight. That may mean problems for Oregon, who Arizona plays next, in two weeks. The Oregon secondary is good, but has been known to give up big plays.

The Wildcats now are 7-3, and only 4-3 in Pac-10 play. Like I said, they have a bye next weekend but then travel to Eugene to play the Ducks, and then close out the year against rival Arizona State. The game against number-one Oregon will obviously be a tough one to win, but don’t discount the Sun Devils. They played Stanford tough on Saturday, only losing by four points. If Arizona could win one of these two remaining games, that would be pretty darn good.

Since Arizona doesn’t play next week, I’ll do a Pac-10 preview instead. Come back on Wednesday night for that!

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