USC tailback Javorius Allen is now playing catch-up for the Pac-12 Conference rushing title, but he does not need to make up a large margin to accomplish the feat.
Conference leader Paul Perkins of UCLA, Utah’s Devontae Booker and Allen are separated by fewer than two yards per game and 21 total yards.
Perkins, who rushed for 93 yards in the Bruins’ 38-20 victory over Trojans, goes into Friday’s game against Stanford averaging a conference-leading 115 yards per game. He has gained 1,265 yards.
Booker is second at 114.1 yards per game. He has 1,255 yards.
Allen went into the UCLA game as the conference leader, averaging 118.4 yards per game. But he rushed for only 60 yards in 14 carries, the second game in a row he gained 60 yards.
He goes into Saturday’s game against Notre Dame averaging 113.1 yards per game. He has 1,244 yards.
Ricky Ervins in 1989 was the last USC player to lead the conference in rushing.