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Southern Cal 12, Arizona 10

November 15, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Quin Rodriguez’s fourth field goal of the game, an 18-yarder with 1:11 remaining, lifted Southern Cal to a 12-10 Pacific-10 Conference victory over Arizona Saturday and set the Trojans up for a title showdown against UCLA.

Steven Webster gained 161 yards for the Trojans, who will face the cross- town rival Bruins at the Coliseum next Saturday for the Pac-10 crown and Rose Bowl berth.

The Trojans have a 6-1 Pac-10 mark and are 7-3 overall. Arizona dropped to 4-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in league play.

Rodriguez’ winning field goal capped a methodical 86-yard, 18-play march engineered by Trojan quarterback Rodney Peete.

Webster, who carried 34 times, provided the big play of the drive when he reeled off a 25-yard run to the Arizona 42-yard line.

Fullback Leroy Holt also played a key role during the decisive march, picking up four first downs as he carried five times for 17 yards.

Rodriguez earlier kicked field goals of 27, 42 and 21 yards, with his four field goals matching a school record shared by several others.

Arizona lost starting quarterback Ronald Veal in the second quarter when he reinjured his right shoulder. He was replaced by another freshman, Jeff Hammerschmidt.

Southern Cal, which had fallen behind early, trimmed the difference to 10-9 on Rodriguez’ third field goal, a 27-yarder with 13:15 left to play.

Moments earlier, the Wildcats’ defense had stopped Southern Cal four times after the Trojans had first-and-goal at the Arizona 5-yard line. On fourth- and-goal from the 2-yard line, Webster gained just a yard before Arizona safety Chuck Cecil stacked him up.

Arizona led 7-6 at halftime and added a 47-yard field goal by Gary Coston 5:37 into the third period.

Southern Cal’s only sustained drive in the first half came in the final 56 seconds, after it got the ball at its own 24.

Peete quickly marched his team down the field and completed a 30-yard pass to John Jackson at the Arizona 25 to set up a 42-yard field goal by Rodriguez as time ran out in the half.

A 1-yard quarterback sneak by Veal gave the Wildcats a 7-3 first-quarter lead. Vince Lotti’s recovery of a fumbled punt by the Trojans’ Randy Tanner at the Southern Cal 16 set up the score.

Rodriguez had given the Trojans a quick 3-0 lead with a 21-yard field goal after Southern Cal safety Chris Hale picked off a Veal pass on the first series of the game and returned it 21 yards to the Wildcats’ 9-yard line.

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