Instant Recap: ASU football outlasts USC 38-35

The Sun Devils held on for their first road victory of the season

ASU football picked up its first road win of the season against USC in a 38-35 nail-biter at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday.

After trailing by 17 points at one point in the first half, the Trojans and redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears, who was starting for the first time in his career, led a furious comeback effort that resulted in USC taking a 28-24 lead in the third quarter. 

With pressure tilted toward the ASU sideline, the Sun Devils needed a big play, and it came from none other than junior wide receiver N'Keal Harry. Harry returned a 92-yard punt while evading multiple defenders to take a touchdown to the house and give ASU a 31-28 lead. 

In the fourth quarter, the standout receiver also made an unthinkable one-handed grab that is sure to garner national attention this weekend.

After couple defensive stops, including a fourth and one stand in USC territory, the Sun Devil offense and redshirt senior quarterback Manny Wilkins looked to close out the game. 

On third and one, with a chance to close the game out, Wilkins kept the ball on a read option, and he took it all the way into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown run to make the score a two-possession game.

USC added a late score, but an onside kick would fall into the sure hands of Harry, and ASU would prevail.

Among other notable standouts, ASU sophomore running back Eno Benjamin had 192 yards and two touchdowns.


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