Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  By CRAIG MORGAN  |  Last updated 9/29/13
TEMPE, Ariz. -- There's something about the sight of USC jerseys that puts Alden Darby in a taking mood. "They didnt recruit me out of high school, and I've just always got something against those guys," said Darby, who is from Long Beach. "I feel like they don't care about none of the underdog players. They only care about the big-timers. Every time I play them, I like to show them they should go after those underdogs." Darby had a pair big-time plays in Arizona State's 62-41 win over USC on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium. The first was the dagger in the game and came just 47 seconds after D.J. Foster hauled in a 74-yard TD strike from Taylor Kelly to give ASU a 27-21 lead early in the third quarter. With the Trojans at their own 36, Darby stepped in front of a Cody Kessler pass on the Sun Devils' sideline and returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and a 34-21 lead. It was ASU's first pick six since Darby went 70 yards at USC on Nov. 10 of last season, and it was part of a four-takeaway night for the ASU defense, with two of those coming on Darby interceptions. "I thought that was the play of the game," coach Todd Graham said of the interception that Darby returned on a tightrope along the Sun Devils' sideline. Graham said USC was lining up its tight end in a pro slot formation, then motioning him back to the weakside to get him matched up on ASU's weakside linebacker. The Trojans connected on the play earlier in the game, but Darby recognized the formation in the third quarter. "I left my assignment and went and covered him, and the quarterback threw me the ball," said Darby, who has eight career interceptions. Darby didnt have a perfect night. He had a chance to essentially end USC's chances on a fourth-and-5 play in the fourth quarter with ASU ahead by three touchdowns, but he missed a tackle on receiver Victor Blackwell that allowed the Trojans to extend their drive and eventually score. But Darby felt the performance was atonement for last week's disappointing effort in ASU's 42-28 loss at Stanford. "We all challenged ourselves in the secondary to really pick it up," he said. "Last week, we had too many alignment errors and too many mental mistakes and critical errors. "We were on point tonight." It helped that the Trojans were on the other side of the ball. In the teams' past three meetings, ASU has intercepted USC quarterbacks eight times. "The switch goes on, and it doesnt go off when we play those guys," he said. "It's crazy how that works." Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with hip-hop star Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid


RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals

Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC

Why are Saints holding out on contract talks with Drew Brees?

Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players

Report: Colts' Jones suspended four games for PED use

Report: Royals have interest in Nick Markakis

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

Report: Rangers pushing trade efforts for Sale

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

Celtics reportedly unwilling to give up much for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Jay Bruce drawing trade interest

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker