Nothing was working right for the USC Trojans in the first half and it shows on the scoreboard. The Trojans have yet to find the end zone in Tempe, settling for three field goals as the Arizona State Sun Devils opted for touchdowns. At the half, the Sun Devils lead the Trojans, 21-9.
It's not as though Arizona State is doing anything spectacular, instead just taking advantage of USC miscues. On the first drive of the game, Cameron Marshall, running on a bum ankle, broke free and outran the defense for 70 yards and the touchdown. USC answered with a field goal before Arizona State put another touchdown on the board with a two-yard strike from Brock Osweiler to Gerell Robinson early in the second quarter.
The Trojans tacked on another field goal and were driving again when Vontaze Burfict picked off a Matt Barkley pass, leading to another Sun Devils touchdown. Barkley finished the half with 106 yards through the air, but did not throw a touchdown. Osweiler, on the other hand, completed 12 of 14 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the half.
At the half, the Trojans are on the ropes, trailing Arizona State 21-9