USC Blasts Past ASU 44-24

No. 11 Trojans have Rose Bowl in sights again after besting No. 6 Sun Devils
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 4:17 AM CST
Arizona State wide receiver Chris McGaha (13) advances the ball after making a reception while Arizona State wide receiver Rudy Burgess (3) launches Southern California cornerback Cary Harris (7) with...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It seemed like USC's costly  losses had knocked them out of Rose Bowl contention earlier this fall, but a season of top-team upsets, coupled with the Trojans' blowout defeat of No. 6 Arizona State last night, have put Pasadena back on the table. "We didn't play good; they did," ASU coach Dennis Erickson admitted to the Arizona Republic.

If Erickson was referring to his team's pass protection, he was understating it a bit. ASU's linemen, already second worst in the nation for sacks allowed, watched the Trojans take down Rudy Carpenter six times, once sending him to the sidelines with a cut lip. Carpenter's counterpart, John David Booty, threw for four touchdowns on 375 yards.