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2017 Schedule
4-2, 4th in Pac 12 - South
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USC gets late stop to hold off Utah (0:44)
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USC rallies, then holds on to beat Utah 28-27

Sam Darnold led Southern California on three long scoring drives in the second half, and the 13th-ranked Trojans stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Utah with 42 seconds to play to edge the Utes 28-27 on Saturday night.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah only allowed five touchdown drives of 88-plus yards last season. The Trojans had three such drives tonight in the second half alone.

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Utah fails go-ahead 2-pt conversion attempt (0:52)
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Darnold ties it with TD to Falo (0:29)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC QB Sam Darnold is starting to find the form that turned him into the darling of the offseason. He's guided the Trojans on touchdown drives of 88 and 98 yards in the second half to bring USC back square with Utah at 21.

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Darnold hits Petite for another TD (0:28)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC has lost the last six games it has trailed by 14-plus points at halftime dating back to 2005, per ESPN Stats and Information.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

When facing five rushers or more, USC QB Sam Darnold was 7 of 9 for 132 yards in the first half, but only 7 of 16 for 81 yards when Utah rushed four or fewer.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin told me about the turnover issues this season: "They have been different, uncharacteristic fumbles and things like that. Sometimes it's been tipped balls, sometimes it's been a decision, sometimes it's been a throw. There's not one thing you can say this is the reason why." USC has three fumbles in the first half against Utah and trails 21-7 despite 262 yards.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah had four plays of 25-plus yards in the first half against USC, which is the most it has had in a game this season.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

When Utah scored to go ahead 21-7 with 4:49 left in the first half against USC, it marked the largest deficit the Trojans have faced this season. The last time USC was down 14 in a game came in the third quarter against Penn State in the Rose Bowl last season before it came back to win.

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Williams catches TD on trick play touchdown (0:30)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC gained 150 yards of offense in the first quarter against Utah, but QB Sam Darnold lost a pair of fumbles, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Darnold has turned it over 13 times this season.

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Darnold hits Petite for 52-yard TD (0:45)
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Darnold fumble results in Utah TD (0:49)
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Smith intercepts Williams (0:28)
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Singleton takes screen 50-yards (0:37)
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Darnold fumble recovered by Utah (0:42)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah safety Chase Hansen stayed down for a couple minutes after a collision with a USC player. He walked off under his own power, but appeared dazed as he headed to the sideline.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC vs. Utah feels like it will probably determine the Pac-12 South. It's way too early to say that definitively, of course, but the winner of tonight's game will certainly become the clear favorite in the division.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of Tyler Huntley in pregame warmups, which means, as expected, Troy Williams will start at QB for Utah vs USC. Williams, who is from Southern California, had his best career game last year vs the Trojans.

Jacob Roen ESPN 

Todd McShay previews tonight's matchup between Utah and USC as we get closer to kick down on the field.

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Corso calls Utah a trap game for USC (1:24)

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.335th
Rushing Yards162.268th
Points For31.252nd
Points Against20.0Tied-30th