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.
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- 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.
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.