Oct. 27, 2012: What went down: Trailing by 15 points in the third quarter, Arizona came back and shocked No. 10 USC 39-36 in front of 47,822 fans at Arizona Stadium.
The UA sealed the win when Shaq Richardson and Wayne Capers Jr. swatted away Matt Barkley’s last-second heave in the end zone.
How it read: The UA’s improbable win over the Trojans made Greg Hansen a believer in Rich
Rodriguez’s product. He wrote:
If Arizona’s new football coach has done one thing, it is to make people take notice. Tucsonans have been slow to put down money and fill all the seats—or even stay to the finish—but the Wildcats have become impossible to ignore.
In its last five games at Arizona Stadium, the UA has averaged 48 points and 571 yards and has won four times. It beat No. 10 USC and No. 18 Oklahoma State, shattered Washington and took No. 18 Oregon State to the final tick of the clock before losing.
With the football gods as my witness, this team of psyche-scarred leftovers from the Mike Stoops years has become better than anyone could have possibly expected.
Turning point: Trailing 28-13 late in the third quarter, Arizona scored four straight touchdowns over a span of 12 minutes 24 seconds to take a 39-28 lead. The final score was a seven-yard touchdown pass from Matt Scott to David Richards.
Stats that matter: USC receiver Marqise Lee set a Pac-12 record with 345 receiving yards on 16 catches. The UA’s Austin Hill was nearly as good, catching 10 passes for 259 yards.
It’s history: USC lost four of its final five games following a 6-1 start. Arizona fell at UCLA a week later, but finished with an 8-5 mark.