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Pac-12: USC scores on three punt returns in rout of California

Published November 9, 2013 9:41 pm
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Berkeley, Calif. • Nelson Agholor had two of Southern California's NCAA-record-tying three punt returns for touchdowns and Javorius Allen scored three times to help the Trojans beat California for the 10th straight time, 62-28 on Saturday.

Agholor started the scoring for USC (7-3, 4-2 Pac-12) with a 75-yard return and added a 93-yarder late in the second quarter to help USC win for the fourth time in five games under interim coach Ed Orgeron.

Josh Shaw also returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a score earlier in the second quarter for the Trojans, who tied the record last achieved by Oklahoma against UCLA in 2003 when Antonio Perkins returned three punts for scores.

The Trojans had far too much speed for the Golden Bears (1-9, 0-7) to handle as Allen scored on runs of 43 and 79 yards and a 57-yard screen pass from Cody Kessler to extend USC's dominance over Cal. Allen gained 192 yards on seven offensive touches.

The Trojans haven't lost in this series since a triple-overtime defeat in Berkeley in 2003, outscoring the Bears by an average of 20 points in that span and not trailing at any point in a game since 2007.

The Bears failed to give first-year head coach Sonny Dykes a home victory against an FBS opponent in six games. Their only home win came was a 37-30 decision over Portland State of the lower-level FCS on Sept. 7. Cal has not beaten an FBS opponent anywhere since a 31-17 win at Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012.

The 14-game skid against FBS teams is the longest active one in the country, and many of those games haven't even been close.

Washington 59, Colorado 7 • In Seattle, Keith Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as part of a huge first half in which Washington racked up nearly 500 yards on offense, and the Huskies routed Colorado o become bowl-eligible for the fourth straight season.

Price was masterful in the first half. He completed 22 of 29 throws for 312 yards and two scores. He found backup tight end Joshua Perkins sliding out the backdoor for a 6-yard TD pass that gave the Huskies a 17-7 lead, then hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a 15-yard jump ball on the last scrimmage play of the first half for a 31-7 lead at the break.

Washington (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) ran 59 plays and finished with 464 total yards in the first half.

Sefo Liufau found Paul Richardson for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter that served as the lone highlight for the Buffaloes. Colorado (3-6, 0-6) lost its 14th straight conference game. Standings

Conference All Games



Stanford 6 1 219 142 8 1 287 175

Oregon 5 1 281 134 8 1 465 161

Oregon St. 4 2 222 157 6 3 335 250

Washington 3 3 148 159 5 3 335 196

Wash. St. 2 4 154 253 4 5 268 294

California 0 7 138 321 1 9 239 447


Ariz. St. 5 1 272 160 7 2 393 227

Southern Cal 4 2 198 148 7 3 290 196

Arizona 3 2 156 141 6 2 287 167

UCLA 3 2 140 126 6 2 298 180

Utah 1 5 148 180 4 5 268 226

Colorado 0 6 89 244 3 6 218 364

Thursdays's game

Stanford 26, Oregon 20

Fridays's game

Southern Cal 31, Oregon St. 14

Saturday's games

Southern Cal 62, California 28

Arizona St. 20, Utah 19

Washington 59, Colorado 7

UCLA at Arizona, late






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