Javorius Allen rushed for a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead USC to a 47-29 victory over Colorado in Boulder on Saturday night.
It was USC’s fifth-straight win as the Trojans improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12. USC is now 6-1 since interim coach Ed Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin after the fifth game of the season. Colorado dropped to 4-7 and 1-7.
The Trojan offense was methodical for most of the night and crafted a 37-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. However, Colorado made a game of it and put up 22 fourth-quarter points to pull within 11. An onside kick with 3:22 left to play was recovered by USC and the Trojans then punched it in one last time to put the game on ice.
It was the third 100-yard effort in four games for Allen, who has reinvigorated the USC ground game of late. The Trojans also got 68 yards on six carries from fullback Soma Vainuku, who showed his prowess on special teams by blocking a punt for a safety in the first quarter. Quarterback Cody Kessler was efficient, completing 19 of 28 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Credit to Colorado for not folding in this one. The Buffaloes are certainly much improved in new Mike MacIntyre’s first season. Freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau was 17 of 33 for 188 yards and two touchdowns and one interception and looks like he has the potential to shine in the future.
But Saturday was all about USC and its renewed vigor. The Trojans were left for dead just a few weeks ago and can now get to 10 wins by beating UCLA next week. Whoever USC decides to hire next season, this is a team that looks ready to make a big move in 2014.