UA-USC game: Halfway to Holidayby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 05, 2009, under Sports
The Holiday Bowl figures to be the reward for the winner of the Arizona-USC game this afternoon. The winner ties for second in the Pac-10 behind Oregon.
The Wildcats lead 14-7 at halftime. UA sophomore cornerback Trevin Wade got things started with an interception that set up Arizona for a 37-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter.
USC tied the game at 7 but the Wildcats responded with a 15-play drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock. UA quarterback Nick Foles is playing with an injured left hand that affects how he hands off, and backup quarterback Matt Scott is out with a rib injury.
Could we end up seeing Bryson Beirne in the second half?
Running back Keola Antolin, who has battled a shoulder injury recently, looks good with 11 carries for 49 yards in the first half. Arizona has no outside running game to speak off, but Foles found enough room on the short passes to complete 15 of 23 for 153 yards.
Neither team is particularly dynamic on offense. The second half should be a defensive wrestling match, with a handful of plays being decisive … just like most of UA’s Pac-10 games this season.