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Utah takes down USC with walk-off discipline purpose in Pac-12 title recreation rematch Specific Instances

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Proper now, the Utah-USC rivalry is all Utes.

Utah took down the Trojans within the Pac-12 title recreation final season, however they weren’t accomplished doing enterprise with them simply but.

The 14th-seeded Utes received, 34-32, on a discipline purpose as time expired, incomes their fourth-straight win over No. 18 USC, this one being on the highway.

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Sione Vaki #28 of the Utah Utes celebrates his landing with Bryson Barnes #16 within the first quarter in opposition to the USC Trojans at United Airways Discipline on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  (Meg Oliphant/Getty Photographs)

After a 61-yard punt return, Caleb Williams ran it in for an 11-yard landing to offer the Trojans a 32-31 lead with 1:46 to go. The 2-point conversion failed, so Utah solely wanted a discipline purpose to win.

The Utes received throughout midfield with roughly a minute to go and transformed a 4th and 1 from the USC 41 with beneath 20 ticks left. A false begin pushed them again to the 45 with 16 seconds left, however Bryson Barnes rushed for 26 yards. Utah kneeled their subsequent snap within the heart of the hashes, and Cole Becker drilled the 38-yarder as time expired to offer Utah the victory.

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The Trojans entered the fourth quarter down 11 factors, however early within the closing quarter, Calen Bullock took an interception to the home, making it a 28-23 recreation. Each groups then exchanged discipline targets earlier than the lengthy Trojan punt return resulting in Williams’ rating. However USC additionally missed a two-point conversion after that pick-six, so each of these got here again to chew them.

Bryson Barnes

Bryson Barnes #16 of the Utah Utes throws a move within the second quarter in opposition to the USC Trojans at United Airways Discipline on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  (Meg Oliphant/Getty Photographs)

Protection was hardly existent early on, as each groups scored a landing on their first possessions. It was a 14-14 recreation simply 13:06 into the ballgame, however naturally, each groups have been held scoreless within the second quarter. Utah outscored USC, 14-3, within the third quarter.

Barnes threw for 3 touchdowns, finishing 14 of his 22 passes for 235 yards. Sione Vaki caught two of these scores, with the opposite going to Landen King. Vaki had 5 receptions for 149 yards, whereas Ja’Quinden Jackson rushed for 118 yards on 26 carries.

Williams rushed for a landing, as did Mar’Shawn Lloyd and Zachariah Department.

Sione Vaki running for score

Utah Utes receiver Sione Vaki (28) scores on a 53-yard landing reception in opposition to Southern California Trojans defensive finish Braylan Shelby (34) within the first half at United Airways Discipline at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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Utah moved to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in convention play, whereas USC dropped to 6-2 (4-1).

Utah will host No. 9 Oregon subsequent week, whereas the Trojans will play California.


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