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Utah 42, Southern Cal 26

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Cameron Rising threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as Utah defeated Southern California 42-26.

Rising was 22-of-28 passing for 306 yards, Brant Kuithe and Tavion Thomas each ran for a touchdown, and Utah (3-2, 2-0 Pac-12) won a road game against the Trojans for the first time since 1916.

Drake London had 16 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown for USC (3-3, 2-3), which has lost three straight at the Coliseum by at least 14 points for the first time in school history. The Trojans also lost three consecutive conference games in 1991 and 2000.

Scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second and third quarters, Utah took control when Thomas went 43 yards up the middle to take a 28-10 lead 2:19 into the second half. After Vonte Davis intercepted a pass by Kedon Slovis on fourth down to give Utah a short field, Rising scored on a 17-yard keeper to send fans to the exits with 9:13 left in the third.

As a passer, Rising was able to take advantage of the aggressive tendencies of USCÕs defensive backs. He found Money Parks off play-action for a 12-yard touchdown and Devaughn Vele for a 37-yard touchdown off a flea flicker on fourth-and-1 late in the second quarter, before connecting with Dalton Kincaid on a 1-yard pass in the fourth.

USC was able to move the ball early on, with each of its first four drives ending in UtahÕs territory, but had just 10 points to show for it because of continued poor play in the red zone. Parker Lewis missed a 34-yard field goal to compound those issues, and the offense couldnÕt keep pace once the Utes began exploiting weaknesses in the Trojan defense.

Slovis was 33 of 53 passing for 401 yards, two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions, and Vavae Malepeai had a short rushing touchdown.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UtahUSC
USC FG 3:48 Parker Lewis 28 yd FG 0 3
Utah TD 0:17 Brant Kuithe 11 yd run (Jordan Noyes kick) 7 3
Second Quarter UtahUSC
USC TD 6:02 Drake London 20 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Parker Lewis kick) 7 10
Utah TD 3:57 Money Parks 12 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 14 10
Utah TD 0:10 Devaughn Vele 37 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 21 10
Third Quarter UtahUSC
Utah TD 12:41 Tavion Thomas 43 yd run (Jordan Noyes kick) 28 10
Utah TD 9:13 Cameron Rising 17 yd run (Jordan Noyes kick) 35 10
Fourth Quarter UtahUSC
USC TD 10:04 Vavae Malepeai 2 yd run (Tahj Washington 2pt pass from Kedon Slovis) 35 18
Utah TD 5:34 Dalton Kincaid 1 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 42 18
USC TD 0:52 Malcolm Epps 41 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Malcolm Epps 2pt pass from Kedon Slovis) 42 26
Team Stats
  Utah USC
First downs 23 27
  Rushing 7 5
  Passing 13 22
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 35-180 25-92
Passing Yards 306 401
Return Yards 31 77
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-28-0 33-53-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--3 2--13
Punts 5 5
Punts-Average 37.6 46.2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-30 8-90
Time of Possession 28:50 31:10
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 22 28 306 3 0
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Slovis 33 53 401 2 1
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Thomas 16 113 7.1 1
C. Rising 6 27 4.5 1
M. Bernard 5 18 3.6 0
T. Pledger 5 14 2.8 0
B. Kuithe 1 11 11.0 1
C. Curry 1 -1 -1.0 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Ingram 14 70 5.0 0
D. Barlow 6 29 4.8 0
V. Malepeai 3 6 2.0 1
K. Slovis 2 -13 -6.5 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Vele 4 84 21.0 1
B. Covey 5 67 13.4 0
T. Howard 1 42 42.0 0
D. Kincaid 3 40 13.3 1
B. Kuithe 3 29 9.7 0
M. Bernard 3 12 4.0 0
M. Parks 1 12 12.0 1
C. Fotheringham 1 10 10.0 0
T. Pledger 1 10 10.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. London 16 162 10.1 1
G. Bryant Jr. 5 85 17.0 0
M. Epps 2 59 29.5 1
T. Washington 4 56 14.0 0
K. Ingram 3 15 5.0 0
E. Krommenhoek 1 11 11.0 0
M. Trigg 1 7 7.0 0
D. Barlow 1 6 6.0 0
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
V. Davis 1 30
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Peasley 5 188 37.6
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Griffiths 5 231 46.2
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Covey 1 1 1.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bryant Jr. 2 -3 -1.5
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Nixon 2 38 19.0
G. Bryant Jr. 2 31 15.5
Q. Jountti 1 11 11.0
Utah Missed FG
Player Length
USC Missed FG
Player Length
P. Lewis 34




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