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LAst Night's Action: Trojans, Bruins Kick Their Way to Victory

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USC Trojans defeat Arizona State Sun Devils 34-33. A failed extra point was the difference in this game.

Midway through the fourth quarter after having trailed the Trojans by as much as 22-7 in the third quarter, Steven Threet hooked up with Jamal Miles for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Sun Devils the 33-29 lead pending the extra point. The Sun Devils opted to go the safe route kicking for the extra point rather than going for the two-point conversion. How did that go?

Trojans’ offensive tackle Tyron Smith didn’t like it too much blocking the kick with his face that allowed Torin Harris to grab the ball and run it back to give the Trojans two points.

Now trailing 33-31 and not needing a touchdown, the Trojans methodically went down the field eating up just under four minutes off the clock to give Joe Houston a 29-yard chip attempt to give the Trojans the lead. Well it would have been a chip-shot had not Houston missed a 27-yarder in the first quarter that hit the right upright and a 35-yarder in the second quarter that went wide right.

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But Houston kicked the ball down the middle of the uprights giving the Trojans the 34-33 lead.

Not to be outdone Arizona State’s kicker Thomas Weber had a chance with 1:34 left in the game to win it for his team with a 42-yarder. But that went wide-right which immediately raised questions as to why field goals were so tough to kick in Southern California.

The win gives the Trojans six victories making them bowl… Oh, never mind.