Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and No. 21 USC bounced back from consecutive losses with a 38-17 victory over skidding Arizona State on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs while becoming the leading passer in conference history for the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12), who overcame a slow start and five turnovers to snap their two-game skid. USC hasn't lost three straight since 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season.
Taylor Kelly passed for 174 yards and Alden Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4), who lost their fourth straight. Arizona State managed just 250 total yards and were shut out in the final 27 minutes.
"We knew we needed that," said Barkley, who passed Carson Palmer for his latest record despite also throwing three interceptions. "The defense was playing well, and after we made some adjustments, we shut them down. That's really what we needed."
USC yielded a school-record 730 yards to No. 2 Oregon in a 62-51 loss last Saturday and endured a midweek distraction when a student manager was fired for underinflating footballs on the Ducks' sideline.
Coach Lane Kiffin emphasized the bright side of the Trojans' woes this week: With two more Pac-12 wins, they could earn the South division crown and a spot in the title game. After rallying past Arizona State,
"We did make sure that everybody knew where we were at, what was at stake," Kiffin said.
Arizona 56, Colorado 31: Ka'Deem Carey ran for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and scored five touchdowns, powering Arizona (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) to a rout of Colorado (1-9, 1-6) in Tucson.
Washington 34, Utah 15: Keith Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and Washington (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) become bowl eligible with a win over visiting Utah (4-6, 2-5). The Utes remained winless on the road.
UCLA 44, Washington State 36: Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes to help No. 17 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) beat host Washington State (2-8, 0-7), the Bruins' fourth consecutive win. The Cougars' Connor Halliday threw five touchdown passes in the loss.
Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55: Kenneth Dixon scored five touchdowns to set a single-season NCAA freshman record and No. 19 Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference) scored on all but two possessions. Dixon set NCAA single-season records for touchdowns, rushing touchdowns (24) and total points (150) by a freshman.