USC Takes Care Of ASU
LOS ANGELES - Carson Palmer threw for two touchdowns and ran foranother and Justin Fargas ran for 125 yards and another score Saturday as No. 8Southern California defeated Arizona State 34-13.
The Trojans' defense limited Andrew Walter and the high-scoring Sun Devilsto just one second-quarter touchdown and a pair of field goals.
Palmer completed 20 of 34 passes for 214 yards for USC (8-2, 6-1 Pac-10),with scoring throws of 18 and 2 yards in the first half. His 1-yard sneak with4:39 left was the final score.
Ryan Killeen added field goals of 20 and 41 yards for the Trojans.
Walter was 24-of-49 for 297 yards for the Sun Devils (7-5, 4-3), but hethrew two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that led to an early touchdownthat put the Trojans ahead to stay.
Palmer's late score came after Melvin Simmons intercepted Walter's pass andreturned it 10 yards to give the Trojans the ball at the ASU 23 midway throughthe fourth quarter.
Earlier in the quarter, Simmons and Mike Pollard had stopped the Sun Devils'Mike Williams for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Trojans 27 to end an ASUscoring threat.
After Arizona State pulled to 20-13 on Mike Barth's 27-yard field goal astime expired in the third quarter, Fargas gave the Trojans some insurance whenhe scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Fargas carried 26 times and topped the 100-yard mark for the second time atUSC.
Down by 17 in the first half, the Sun Devils closed to 20-10 on a scoringdrive that began 2:06 before halftime. Walter ended the march - which took just1:35 - with a 24-yard throw to Shaun McDonald, who was wide open in the leftside of the end zone.
Palmer's scoring passes were a 2-yarder to Alex Holmes for a 17-3 lead inthe second quarter, and an 18-yarder to Mike Williams in the first quarter.
USC went up 10-3 in first quarter, cashing in on Kenechi Udeze's recovery ofWalter's fumble to set up Palmer's touchdown pass to Williams.
Barth kicked a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter toput Arizona State on the board.
Each team came up with solid defensive efforts near the goal line in thefirst quarter. The Trojans had first-and-goal from the 5 but had to settle forKilleen's 20-yarder, and the Sun Devils had first-and-goal from the 6 beforeBarth made his 22-yard kick.
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer