The Utah Utes (four-2, -2 Pac-12) misplaced a coronary heart breaker to the No. 13 USC Trojans (6-, four- Pac-12) 28-27 in the L. A. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. The Utes had a 21-7 hafltime lead on the Trojans and had compelled three turnovers, together with one scoop and rating. Utah compelled three fumbles on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, however for the primary time in 2017, Darnold didn't throw an interception in a recreation.
The Utes jumped out to a 7-zero lead when Marquise Blair returned a fumble 18 yards for a landing. This play instantly adopted a Troy Williams interception in the crimson zone. USC answered on the very subsequent drive with a 52-yard landing go from Darnold to Tyler Petite. On their subsequent drive, Utah would get to the USC 13 yard line earlier than their drive stalled, and usually automated kicker Matt Gay missed the 33-yard subject purpose try, making Utah zero-for-2 in the crimson zone on their first two journeys. Utah would in the end discover the tip zone two extra occasions earlier than halftime, on a 5-yard go from vast receiver Demari Simpkins to Williams, and a 33-yard go from Williams to Simpkins. The Utes regarded in full management up 14 at halftime.
Nevertheless, the Utah protection would start to break in the second half, permitting USC to rating 21 unanswered factors on drives of 98, 88, and 93 yards. Utah gave up a number of third and fourth down conversions to USC on these three lengthy drives. The one which damage probably the most may need been when Darnold transformed a fourth and 9 with an off stability, inaccurate throw that in some way was full and bought the mandatory yardage.
The Utes had been down 28-21, however they managed to drive 75 yards to rating a landing on a Williams run. Utah, down one, with solely zero:43 left in the sport, opted to go for the win fairly than additional time. Utah was stopped when Williams was tackled quick. Broad receiver Darren Carrington II was vast open in the again of the tip zone, however Williams didn't see him. USC would recuperate the following onside kick and win the sport 28-27.
Working again Zack Moss made the offense go all evening. He completed the sport with 20 carries for a profession-excessive 141 yards dashing. He additionally caught three passes for 26 yards. Moss refused to go down simply and trucked USC linebacker Cameron Smith. Williams was 16-of-27 for 262 yards with one landing and one interception.