Here are five key numbers from No. 20 USC’s 28-27 win over Arizona State:


That was USC’s success rate on fourth down, converting on five of eight attempts. The Trojans had a clear game plan to be aggressive in fourth-and-short situations, even when points were available via field goal.


That’s how many games in a row that Drake London has caught a touchdown pass after Saturday’s performance in which he led the Trojans in both receptions and receiving yards.


That was Arizona State’s average yards per rushing attempt. This was something of a stunner, given the Sun Devils came into the game with little experience at running back.


That’s how many punts and kickoffs USC allowed the Sun Devils to return. Punter Ben Griffiths had three attempts, only one of which was returned for a mere 2 yards. Parker Lewis had three kickoffs for touchbacks and one that went out of bounds for a penalty.


That’s how many touches Markese Stepp had, with 14 of them being carries, as we try to figure out the running back rotation. Stephen Carr had 15 touches and Vavae Malepeai 12, though he had the most successful day on the ground, averaging 7.5 yards per carry.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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