Arizona State Football: Several Unique Footnotes From USC Win

Looking back on some of the more interesting footnotes from the Arizona State football program’s win at USC.

It was a good day for big-time college sports in the state of Arizona. The previously struggling Arizona Wildcats blew out a ranked Oregon Ducks team and their rivals, the Arizona State football program, notched a thrilling win over USC at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. And while most of the credit has gone to Arizona State’s trio of offensive superstars — Eno Benjamin, N’Keal Harry, and Manny Wilkins — the defense played well deserves equal credit.

Having said that, the victory by Arizona State was also notable because it resulted in a few unique footnotes some fans may have overlooked.

  • By pulling off the 38-35 upset on the road, it gave head coach Herm Edwards his first-ever win on the road as a college head coach. Prior to Saturday, Edwards had been 0-for-3 in away games with losses to San Diego State, Washington, and Colorado.
  • Additionally, the victory was senior quarterback Manny Wilkins’ first triumph over USC. Previously, he had lost both of his starts against the rival university.
  • When N’Keal Harry returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, it gave Harry his longest touchdown as a collegiate football player. Plus, it also gave Harry a touchdown of every variety for his career: passing, rushing, receiving, and finally, returning.
  • Nick Ralston, a former running back that crossed over to linebacker this year, flipped back over to offense against USC and caught a pass for six yards.
  • After Manny Wilkins was shaken up from a hit to his head, Dillon Sterling-Cole recorded two pass attempts. One, it should be noted, was a bomb to Frank Darby on third down that should have been caught. The attempts were Sterling-Cole’s first attempts since 2016 and the first by any QB not named Manny Wilkins in 2018.
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This coming week, the Arizona State football program will host Utah at home. Arizona State is now 2-3 in conference play and 4-4 overall.