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Adoree' Jackson starts for the first time at USC

Adoree' Jackson starts for the first time at USC
USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson knocks the ball away from Stanford receiver Michael Rector in the end zone on Sept. 6. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

USC freshman defensive back Adoree' Jackson made his first collegiate start Saturday in the Trojans' 38-34 loss to Arizona State.

It's probably a game Jackson would rather forget.

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Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici passed for 510 yards and five touchdowns, including a 46-yard Hail Mary as time expired.

Jackson said he never imagined that USC -- holding a nine-point lead with three minutes left -- could lose in the final seconds.

"I felt like with 30 seconds left, that our defense was going to do a good job and stop them and come out with the victory," said Jackson, who had five tackles.

On the final play, Jackson said he saw the ball in the air from the other side of the field and thought there was little chance a Sun Devils player would catch it.

"It was a lob," Jackson said. "So I was thinking it was too much time with the ball in the air and somebody was going to knock it down."

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