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USC vs. Utah: Caleb Williams, Cameron Rising even as 3rd quarter begins

No. 4 USC looks to punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff with a win over No. 11 Utah for the Pac-12 championship at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday. The game is in progress (TV: Fox).


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USC defense forces punt to start second half

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

A 15-yard face mask penalty on the first play of the second half looked like an ominous sign for USC, but the Trojans were able to force a punt and keep Utah from doubling down on its late first-half touchdown.

The game is tied 17-17 as USC takes over at its own 15-yard line early in the third quarter.


Utah looking to grab lead in second half

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

And we’re back for round two.

Utah tied it up on the last drive of the first half and will try to take the lead to open the second.

USC’s kickoff went for a touchback.


Utah fights back for a tie at halftime

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Not so fast, said Cameron Rising.

Utah has clawed back from yet another 14-point deficit against USC to tie the game at 17-17 heading into halftime.

Rising led the Utes on a game-tying 14-play, 81-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown reception by Jaylen Dixon with two seconds remaining. The Utes have scored 14 unanswered points and ran into the locker room with their fans shouting at full volume.

UTAH. FOOTBALL. IS. HOT. 🔥@Utah_Football TIES IT UP RIGHT BEFORE HALF! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ePw8twQHFT— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 3, 2022

Rising is 14-for-24 for 157 yards and one touchdown. His receivers didn’t do him many favors on the last drive with at least two drops.

Tight end Dalton Kincaid, who burned the Trojans for 234 receiving yards in October, made three catches on the drive. His biggest came on third-and-10 as he fought through multiple USC defenders to lean forward to get 11 yards. The Trojans had just forced back-to-back incompletions and were close to getting a critical stop to end the first half, but the catch kept the Utes marching.

Adding insult to injury for USC, Utah receives the opening kickoff for the second half to double-down on the touchdown.

USC missed several opportunities in the first half to seize control. The Trojans settled for a 20-yard field goal on fourth-and-goal from the three-yard line. A touchdown would have given the Trojans a 21-3 lead instead of the 17-3 advantage.

The offense also squandered the fumble recovery by the defense by settling for two conservative rushes, which led to a turnover on downs. The Utes got the ball back at their own 37-yard line and scored their first touchdown of the game.

Caleb Williams is 13-for-19 for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He has a team-high 69 rushing yards on five carries.


Utah scores its first touchdown

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Utah has entered the chat.

Don’t count the Utes out as they notched their first touchdown of the game off an eight-yard rush from Ja’Quinden Jackson.

UTES TUDDY‼️🏈@Utah_Football makes it a one score game 👀 pic.twitter.com/oq1GttByP0— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 3, 2022

USC still leads 17-10 with 3:55 remaining in the second quarter.

Quarterback Cameron Rising made some critical plays in the red zone, rushing three straight times, including a four-yard carry on fourth-and-two from the USC 18-yard line. After two more carries, he handed the ball off to Jackson, who rushed up the middle for the touchdown.

USC nearly had another takeaway on the drive as Latrell McCutchin forced a fumble against Micah Bernard, but Utah was able to recover the ball.

While USC is outgaining the Utes 228-152 and averaging 8.1 yards per play compared to 5.6, Utah is only down one score. The Utes are familiar with comeback victories against USC. Don’t forget that the Trojans led by 14 late in the second quarter in Salt Lake City two months ago.

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