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Utah 47, Southern Cal 24

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Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - No. 12 Utah pounded a limping, bloodied Caleb Williams and roared past No. 4 Southern California 47-24 to win the Pac-12 Championship and put USC's College Football Playoff hopes in doubt.

The Utes rolled up 533 yards of offense in the rematch, and Cam Rising passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams threw for 363 yards and three TDs. He entered the game as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but wasn't the same after getting injured in the first quarter.

The Trojans looked as if they were going to run away with the game, taking a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter behind some stellar play by Williams.

He appeared to hurt his left knee or leg in the first quarter on a 59-yard run in which he took a big hit at the end, and he suffered a bad cut on the pinky finger of his throwing hand. He spent most of the game limping, and wasn't the same after a sterling first quarter in which the Trojans outgained Utah in total yards 194-70, and Williams had both touchdown passes.

After USC (11-2) failed to pick up a fourth-and-8 from Utah's 37-yard line, the Utes scored two touchdowns in the final 3:55 of the first half, and suddenly the game was tied at 17. Instead of a rout, the game was beginning to look like the shootout the Utes won in October.

The game took on that tone at times in the second half, but USC had no answer for how to slow down Utah, which outscored the Trojans 44-7 in overcoming that two-touchdown deficit.

Utah (10-3) is heading to the Rose Bowl, but the Utes already were going there regardless of the outcome of the title game. They are responsible for USC's only losses, having edged the Trojans 43-42 on Oct. 15 in Salt Lake City.

ATTENDANCE RECORD

A announced sellout crowd of 61,195 made this the largest for a neutral-site Pac-12 Championship. It beat the previous record of 58,476 fans. who watched Southern California-Stanford in Santa Clara, California, in 2015

December 2, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UtahUSC
USC TD 11:28 Tahj Washington 2 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 0 7
Utah FG 6:10 Jadon Redding 25 yd FG 3 7
USC TD 2:52 Raleek Brown 3 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 3 14
Second Quarter UtahUSC
USC FG 12:08 Denis Lynch 20 yd FG 3 17
Utah TD 3:55 Ja'Quinden Jackson 8 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 10 17
Utah TD 0:02 Jaylen Dixon 4 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 17 17
Third Quarter UtahUSC
Utah TD 10:33 Money Parks 57 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 24 17
Fourth Quarter UtahUSC
Utah FG 14:56 Jadon Redding 35 yd FG 27 17
USC TD 10:52 Mario Williams 12 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 27 24
Utah TD 10:08 Thomas Yassmin 60 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 34 24
Utah TD 5:29 Ja'Quinden Jackson 53 yd run (missed kick) 40 24
Utah TD 1:52 Micah Bernard 23 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 47 24
Team Stats
  Utah USC
First downs 25 19
  Rushing 11 5
  Passing 12 14
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 1-12, 8%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-5, 60%
Rushes-Yards 35-223 27-56
Passing Yards 310 363
Return Yards 29 68
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-34-0 28-41-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--9 7--69
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 43.7 41.5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties - Yards 5-45 4-39
Time of Possession 29:47 30:13
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 22 34 310 3 0
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 28 41 363 3 1
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 13 105 8.1 2
M. Bernard 11 88 8.0 1
C. Rising 8 18 2.3 0
N. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
J. Dixon 2 5 2.5 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Jones 15 35 2.3 0
C. Williams 12 21 1.8 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Parks 4 88 22.0 1
T. Yassmin 2 81 40.5 1
J. Dixon 6 55 9.2 1
M. Bernard 5 41 8.2 0
D. Kincaid 4 40 10.0 0
N. Johnson 1 5 5.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Washington 6 93 15.5 1
J. Addison 5 65 13.0 0
M. Williams 3 51 17.0 1
B. Rice 3 42 14.0 0
A. Jones 4 40 10.0 0
K. Ford 2 38 19.0 0
K. Hudson 1 17 17.0 0
L. McRee 1 15 15.0 0
D. Barlow 1 3 3.0 0
R. Brown 2 -1 -.5 1
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Hubert 1 29
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bouwmeester 3 131 43.7
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 4 166 41.5
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Brown 4 91 22.8
T. Nomura 1 -23 -23.0
Utah Missed FG
Player Length
USC Missed FG
Player Length




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