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Trojans rally for record streak

By Associated press
Published October 2, 2005


TEMPE, Ariz. - The strength and speed of LenDale White and Reggie Bush lifted No.1 Southern California out of trouble on a sweltering Saturday in the desert.

White rushed for 197 yards in 19 attempts, Bush gained 158 in 17 carries and the Trojans rallied from 18 down at the half to beat No.14 Arizona State 38-28, breaking a conference and school record with their 26th victory in a row.

USC abandoned Matt Leinart's big-play passing game in favor of the run. The Trojans outrushed the Sun Devils 373-68 in a matchup of two of the nation's most prolific offenses.

Bush had touchdown runs of 24 and 34 yards, the second giving the Trojans the lead for good 31-28 with 3:44 left. White scored on romps of 32 and 46 yards, the latter putting USC up 38-28 with 2:22 left after Arizona State's Sam Keller was intercepted for the fourth time.

Keller was 26-of-44 for 349 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted five times, four after the Sun Devils took a 21-3 lead at the break. Keller had been intercepted twice going in, both in the season opener.

He had thrown 131 passes without one before Oscar Lua's interception in the second quarter.

Terry Richardson's 84-yard punt return gave Arizona State a 7-0 lead, and the Sun Devils let their fans revel for a half in the 97 degree heat.

No.12 Cal 28, Arizona 0

BERKELEY, Calif. - Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from a broken finger, and the Golden Bears shut out the Wildcats for the second straight season. Joe Ayoob threw two scores and ran for one for California (5-0), off to its best start since it won its first five under Steve Mariucci in 1996.

OREGON 44, STANFORD 20: Kellen Clemens threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns, and the visiting Ducks gave coach Mike Bellotti his 50th conference win. Clemens, who played less than three quarters, became the fourth Oregon quarterback to surpass 7,000 total yards for his career as the Ducks rebounded from last weekend's loss to USC.

OREGON ST. 44, WASH. ST. 33: Mike Hass caught seven passes for 161 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the host Beavers snapped a two-game skid. Hass has had nine straight games with at least 100 yards. Going in, he led the nation with an average of 167.5.