USC buries Colorado to continue late roll

8:11 AM, Nov 24, 2013   |    comments
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Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Javorius Allen rushed for 145 yards and three scores to boost Southern California to a 47-29 win over Colorado.

Cody Kessler completed 19-of-28 passes for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Trojans (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12), who won their fifth straight game and moved to 8-0 all-time against the Buffaloes. USC improved to 6-1 under interim head coach Ed Orgeron.

In a game played in 29-degree weather, the Trojans were denied a chance at the Pac-12 South title following Arizona State's victory at UCLA.

Sefo Liufau connected on 17-of-33 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Colorado (4-7, 1-7), which has lost four of its last five games.

Allen's 23-yard TD run midway through the third quarter widened the gap to 37-7.

The Buffaloes eventually got within 11 points. Liufau's 5-yard connection to Paul Richardson plus the 2-point conversion pass to D.D. Goodson, had the Buffs within 40-29 with 3:19 left.

USC recovered the onside kick and Soma Vainuku busted off a 52-yard TD run to seal the outcome.

After USC built its 30-point advantage, Liufau found Nelson Spruce for a 38- yard score early in the fourth. Andre Heidari converted a 39-yard field goal for USC, but Micha Adkins II scored on a 3-yard run to draw the Buffaloes within 40-21.

Allen scored on a 12-yard run to cap USC's first possession and a blocked punt resulted in a safety for a 9-0 margin later in the first.

Allen's 1-yard scoring run and a 20-yard TD pass from Kessler to Nelson Agholor moved the lead to 23-0 at halftime.

Jered Bell stripped Allen of the football and scored on a 31-yard fumble return on the opening play from scrimmage in the third quarter, but Kessler found Randall Telfer for a 10-yard TD on the next USC possession.

Game Notes

USC held a 449-312 edge in total yardage ... Adkins rushed for 63 yards ... Richardson had eight receptions for 88 yards.

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