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USC overcomes penalty problem to hold off Arizona, 24-20

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — AcaCedric Ware ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and Southern California overcame a rash of penalties to hold off Arizona for a 24-20 victory Saturday night.

Check out the highlights of USCs 24-20 win at Arizona! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/7O1qqWs3Af

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 30, 2018

USC (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) dominated the Wildcats while building a 24-point third-quarter lead, but lost two fourth-quarter fumbles to let Arizona (2-3, 1-1) back in it. The Trojans also had 18 penalties for 169 yards, including a pass interference call that negated an interception in the fourth quarter.

.@USC_Athletics brought that #FightOn to the desert. ✌

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— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 30, 2018

Arizonas Gary Brightwell scored on a 1-yard run with 1:40 to play, but Lucas Havrisik missed the extra point and USC recovered the onside kick.

JT Daniels managed the Trojans offense well in the first half before the Trojans went stagnant in the second. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 197 yards and lost a fumble to set up Khalil Tates 32-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Peterson.

Tate threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, but was limited to 38 yards rushing. J.J. Taylor, who had 284 yards rushing against Oregon State last week, was held to 50 yards on 18 carries.

The Trojans controlled Arizona on both sides of the ball while building a 17-0 halftime lead.

WATCH LIVE: Trojans speak to the media following their road win over Arizona. #FightOn https://t.co/KGl4MzXSo4

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 30, 2018

USC racked up 281 total yards in the first half, scoring on Vavae Malepeais 1-yard run in the first quarter and Wares 26-yarder in the second. The Trojans stymied the Wildcats offense, limiting them to 116 yards while intercepting a pass by Tate to set up Michael Browns 42-yard field goal.

Arizona caught a break when a facemask penalty — USCs ninth penalty of the half — tacked on to a 20-yard completion gave the Wildcats a chance for a field goal with no time on the clock. Marvell Tell blocked Havrisiks 28-yard field-goal attempt, preserving the first-half shutout.

The second half continued the same as the first: Arizona gained 13 yards before punting on its first drive, Ware ripped off a 69-yard touchdown run.

After JT Daniels is sacked and fumbles, Arizona scores on its first play – #USC leads 24-14 with 9:34 left to play #FightOn pic.twitter.com/Nrp3kCtiC6

— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) September 30, 2018

Arizonas offense finally showed some life with Tate connecting on two long throws. The second one, 33 yards to Stanley Berryhill III, cut USCs lead to 24-7.

The Wildcats recovered a fumble at USCs 32-yard line after sacking Daniels early in the fourth quarter and Tate hit Cedric Peterson for a 32-yard touchdown on the next play, cutting the lead to 10.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC had a good rhythm going in the first half offensively, but labored after Wares second TD run. And those penalties. The Trojans have plenty to clean up in their week off.

Arizona took too long to get going, unable to fight all the way back from a 24-0 deficit.

UP NEXT

USC has a bye week before hosting Colorado on Oct. 13.

Arizona plays at No. 24 California next Saturday.

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