The Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans have a long and recently one-sided history. The Sun Devils have lost 12 of their past 13 meetings to the Trojans. Their one victory in that span was a 21-point home victory in 2011.
The last time the Sun Devils lined up against the Trojans was November 10th, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils came into the game riding a three-game losing streak. USC was coming off a loss to Oregon and the Trojans were also on losing streak.
After the Arizona State defense forced a turnover, Taylor Kelly found Chris Coyle for a 34-yard touchdown pass to put the Sun Devils up 7-0 early in the first quarter. However, in its next four offensive possessions, Arizona State was forced to punt twice and turned the ball over two times.
USC got on the board with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter when Matt Barkley found Marqise Lee for an 80-yard touchdown pass. The first quarter ended with the teams tied at seven.
Arizona State retook the lead when Alden Darby intercepted Barkley and took it 70 yards for a touchdown. USC tied the game with 35 seconds left in the 1st half with a Xavier Grimble 4-yard touchdown reception.
On USC's first drive of the second half, Barkley threw his second interception of the contest. The Sun Devils were able to capitalize on the turnover and took the lead on a Jon Mora 28-yard field goal. It would be the last time the Sun Devils scored in the game.
USC went on to score 24 unanswered points to end the game. Trojan running back Curtis McNeal scored three touchdowns in the second half, rushing for 163 yards and two scores.
The Trojans were able to rush for 240 yards and pass for 222 yards against the Sun Devils. The Trojans ended the game with a 38-17 victory.
It was USC's only win in its last six games of the season.