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  • Lee, McNeal help No. 21 USC rebound to defeat ASU

  • LOS ANGELES — Marqise Lee showed up in coach Lane Kiffin's office 45 minutes before kickoff with swollen cheeks and irritated eyes from an allergic reaction.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Marqise Lee showed up in coach Lane Kiffin's office 45 minutes before kickoff with swollen cheeks and irritated eyes from an allergic reaction.
    Between the star receiver's overinflated face and last week's underinflated footballs, Southern California desperately needed a pressure-releasing victory.
    With Lee's brilliance and a pumped-up defensive performance, the Trojans got it.
    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.
    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 with 24 consecutive points in the second half. USC hasn't lost three straight since 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season.
    "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. The Trojans needed to clear the air and get a boost of confidence before finishing the regular season against No. 17 UCLA and No. 4 Notre Dame.
    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, only the crosstown Bruins are in their way.
    "We did make sure that everybody knew where we were at, what was at stake," Kiffin said. "Really, we were in a two-game playoff for the Pac-12 South. We know what our standards are, so we understood what we had to do."
    After getting a few boos on the way to the locker room at halftime, the Trojans blew past Arizona State, outgaining the Sun Devils 447-250. What's more, the FBS' most-penalized team was flagged just four times for 30 yards.
    Lee caught an 80-yard TD pass and rushed for 66 yards during the seventh 10-catch day of his spectacular sophomore season — and he even lined up at safety briefly in another do-it-all performance.
    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 season-lows in yards and points, scoring all of its points off USC's turnovers and getting shut out in the final 27 minutes.
    No. 17 UCLA 44,Washington St. 36
    At Pullman, Wash., Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes to help UCLA beat Washington State.
    UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) has won four games in a row since a loss at California, and is first in the Pac-12 South.
    Washington State (2-8, 0-7) has lost straight and new coach Mike Leach is still looking for his first league win. Connor Halliday threw five touchdown passes in the loss.
    Washington 34, Utah 15
    At Seattle, Keith Price and Washington's offense finally broke out, with the quarterback throwing for two touchdowns and running for another, and Washington become bowl eligible for the third straight season.
    Washington (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) became the last BCS conference team to top 21 points against an FBS opponent when Bishop Sankey scored on a 2-yard toss sweep late in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 27-15 lead.
    Sankey finished with 162 yards on 36 carries and became just the 10th 1,000-yard rusher in Washington history, with two games remaining in the regular season. Sankey has 1,017 yards rushing after entering fall camp the Huskies' No. 3 running back.
    Arizona 56, Colorado 31
    At Tucson, Ariz., Ka'Deem Carey ran for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and scored five touchdowns, powering Arizona to a rout of Colorado.
    Carey, who carried 25 times, broke the record of 357 rushing yards set by Washington State's Rueben Mayes at Oregon on Oct. 27, 1984. The sophomore's five rushing TDs — of 10, 13, 30, 8 and 3 yards — tied a conference record. Carey, whose longest gain of the day was 71 yards, smashed the school record of 288 yards set by Trung Canidate against Arizona State in 1998.
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