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USC quarterback Cody Kessler easily moves on after first interception

USC quarterback Cody Kessler easily moves on after first interception
USC quarterback Cody Kessler celebrates after the Trojans' 28-26 victory over Arizona on Saturday. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

After 190 attempts this season, USC quarter Cody Kessler finally had a pass intercepted during the Trojans' 28-26 victory over Arizona.

His teammates seemed to take it harder that he did, Kessler said.

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"Everyone was tapping me like it was the end of the world," he said after the game. "I'm like, 'Guys, I've thrown millions of interceptions in my life. I'm fine.'

"They thought I was going to be crushed."

A week after losing to Arizona State on a Hail Mary pass, the Trojans survived an Arizona comeback and escaped when the Wildcats' kicker missed a field-goal attempt.

Kessler was anxious on the sideline as Arizona threatened.

"It was like, 'Come on now.' Last week a Hail Mary. And now it's close," Kessler said. "The biggest thing is our defense made the stop on the two-point conversion."

The victory sends the Trojans into Saturday's game against Colorado 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 Conference. USC also defeated a then-No. 13 Stanford team on the road.

"It shows we're an up-and-down team right now," Kessler said. "We did a great job beating a No. 10 team at their home and Stanford.

“We just need to play consistent through every game.  That’s our biggest thing.”

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