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Deception helps Trojans get first score on punt return

Deception helps Trojans get first score on punt return

USC’s punt returns have been mostly toothless this season, so the Trojans tried something different against UCLA. Very different.

In the first quarter at the Coliseum, Ajene Harris went back to field a punt by Stefan Flintoft. He drifted toward one sideline to field the ball. Except the ball wasn’t there — or anywhere close.

Near the other sideline, Michael Pittman Jr. had dropped back at the last moment. Somehow, all the UCLA defenders followed Harris, not the ball. Pittman was left all alone. He went 72 yards for the score.

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