USC defeats Arizona but WR Drake London injured
Keontay Ingram rushed for a career-high 186 yards to help Southern California overcome the loss of star receiver Drake London as the Trojans hung on to send Arizona to its 20th consecutive loss with a 41-34 decision Saturday in Los Angeles.
The Trojans (4-4, 3-3 Pac-12) snapped a two-game losing streak but saw London leave the field on a cart with 4:16 left in the second quarter with an air cast on his right leg. London, who entered the game with 79 catches for 1,003 yards, later returned to the sideline, using crutches for what was described as a right ankle injury.
USC led 35-14 at halftime, but the Wildcats (0-8, 0-5) battled back in the second half, gaining momentum with a 37-yard interception return by linebacker Anthony Pandy to make the score 35-21 with 10:44 remaining in the third quarter.
Arizona cut its deficit to 38-28 with 12:50 to go on quarterback Will Plummer’s 16-yard scramble, inching within a touchdown after a 25-yard field goal with 6:04 left.
The teams then traded field goals before USC gathered in an onside kick with 1:25 left and ran out the clock.
Ingram, in his first season at USC after three years at Texas, carried 26 times en route to his career-high rushing total.
Kedon Slovis started at quarterback for USC, completing 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart played most of the second and fourth quarters, making his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in an impressive debut against Washington State on Sept. 18, when he threw for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
Dart went 12 of 18 for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
London had nine catches for 81 yards, suffering the injury while being tackled scoring his second touchdown.
Plummer threw for 264 yards on 20-of-34 passing.
USC gained 360 yards in the first half, scoring touchdowns on five of six drives. Slovis and Dart each threw two touchdown passes before halftime.
–Field Level Media