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USC rallies, then holds on to beat Utah 28-27

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California doesn't mind winning the hard way.

The 13th-ranked Trojans pulled off another comeback Saturday, and this one came down to the final hold-the-breath moments.

After quarterback Sam Darnold led USC to three long scoring drives in the second half, the Trojans stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Utah with 42 seconds to play to edge the Utes 28-27.

USC (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) trailed 21-7 at the half before scoring touchdowns on drives of 98, 88 and 98 yards in the second half.

''Our players made a decision to define our football team in the second half,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''We were beating ourselves in the first half. We had our jaws set to get the job done in the second half.''

Running back Roland Jones capped the USC comeback, going 11 yards up the middle before getting hit and flipping into the end zone. Walk-on kicker Chase McGrath's fourth point-after proved the difference.

Utah had been shut out in the second half, but answered with a final drive, going 75 yards before quarterback Troy Williams scored from the 2-yard line. Utah (4-2, 1-2) went for the win, but Williams could not find an open receiver, scrambled and was stopped a yard shy of the end zone.

''We played about 80 snaps on defense and had major problems stopping them,'' said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. ''Darnold was on fire and I thought that was the percentage play. If I had to do it again, I'd do the same thing.''

Darnold overcame his tough first half to complete 27-of-50 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The Trojans finished with 532 total yards.

''I really didn't get a rhythm going in the first half,'' Darnold said. ''If I can just contain the ball, I think we can compete against anyone in the country.''

Zack Moss rushed 20 times for a career-high 141 yards. Williams, making his second start in place of injured quarterback Tyler Huntley, completed 16-of-27 passes for 262 yards.

Williams was a prep star at nearby Narbonne High School, about 17 miles down the Interstate 110 freeway that borders USC.

''I didn't feel it slipping away,'' Williams said. ''They're home and the crowd got loud, but the team we have is unbelievable.

''It just came down to one play. If we make that play, it's a whole different conversation.''

Jones carried 17 times for 113 yards for USC, which won its 14th consecutive home game.

USC opened the second half by forcing a Utah three-and-out, and driving on its first 98-yard drive. Donald threw a 17-yard strike to tight end Tyler Petite for the score. Petite had earlier opened USC's scoring with a 52-yard touchdown from Darnold.

''I thought the defining moment of the game was when our defense came out in the second half and getting the stop, and then us going 98 yards to score to open the second half,'' Helton said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes still can't find a way to win in the Coliseum. Saturday marked their eighth consecutive defeat to USC in Los Angeles.

USC: The Trojans seem to like to do things the hard way. This was the fifth time in seven games they entered the fourth quarter either trailing or tied.

GAMBLING UTES

Utah was going for it in the second half. The Utes succeeded on a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter from their own 30. During their final drive on another fourth-and-one at the USC 39, they faked the run and Williams completed a 37-yard pass to tight end Siale Fakailoatonga to take the ball to the 2.

CONFERENCE PLAY

USC leads the Pac-12 South with four conference games to play. Utah has six conference games remaining.

UP NEXT

Utah: Returns home next Saturday to meet Arizona State. After losing 11 consecutive games to the Sun Devils, the Utes have won the last two.

USC: Travels to No. 16 Notre Dame next Saturday for its traditional intersectional game. USC has won 11 of the last 15.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:42
3-T.Williams to USC 1 for 1 yard (27-A.Harris).
plays
yds
pos
27
28
Touchdown 0:42
3-T.Williams runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
04:12
pos
27
28
Point After TD 4:54
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 4:54
25-R.Jones runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
93
yds
03:37
pos
21
27
Point After TD 13:34
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 13:34
14-S.Darnold complete to 83-J.Falo. 83-J.Falo runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
88
yds
01:30
pos
21
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:56
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 5:56
14-S.Darnold complete to 82-T.Petite. 82-T.Petite runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
98
yds
05:33
pos
21
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:49
97-M.Gay extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 4:49
3-T.Williams complete to 17-D.Simpkins. 17-D.Simpkins runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
104
yds
04:49
pos
20
7
Point After TD 13:10
97-M.Gay extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 13:10
17-D.Simpkins complete to 3-T.Williams. 3-T.Williams runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
55
yds
01:38
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:47
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:47
14-S.Darnold complete to 82-T.Petite. 82-T.Petite runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:21
pos
7
6
Point After TD 6:11
97-M.Gay extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 6:17
14-S.Darnold to USC 18 FUMBLES (5-K.Luafatasaga). 13-M.Blair runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
82
yds
0:00
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 30
Rushing 9 10
Passing 8 19
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 4-14 7-14
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-2
Total Net Yards 421 532
Total Plays 69 83
Avg Gain 6.1 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 169 174
Rush Attempts 41 33
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 5.3
Net Yards Passing 252 358
Comp. - Att. 17-28 27-50
Yards Per Pass 9.0 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-15 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-40 3-35
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-46.8 4-42.5
Return Yards 33 29
Punts - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-33 1-25
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-4
Kicking 3/4 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Utah 4-2 7140627
13 USC 6-1 7071428
252 PASS YDS 358
169 RUSH YDS 174
421 TOTAL YDS 532
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 262 1 1 145.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 631 2 3 116.0
T. Williams 16/27 262 1 1
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 5 1 0 472.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 19 1 0 229.9
D. Simpkins 1/1 5 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Moss 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 141 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 485 3
Z. Moss 20 141 0 31
D. Henry-Cole 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 23 0
D. Henry-Cole 6 23 0 8
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 8 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 49 2
T. Williams 14 8 1 6
T. Huntley 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
T. Huntley 1 -2 0 -2
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
D. Simpkins 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 58 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 140 1
D. Simpkins 4 58 1 33
R. Singleton 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 185 1
R. Singleton 2 55 0 50
S. Wilson 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 216 0
S. Wilson 2 51 0 40
S. Fakailoatonga 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 37 0
S. Fakailoatonga 1 37 0 37
B. Thompson 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
B. Thompson 1 29 0 29
Z. Moss 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 104 0
Z. Moss 3 26 0 16
D. Carrington II 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 593 5
D. Carrington II 2 9 0 5
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 1
T. Williams 1 5 1 5
K. Fulks 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
K. Fulks 0 0 0 0
S. Nacua 45 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 184 1
S. Nacua 0 0 0 0
T. McCormick Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 93 0
T. McCormick Jr. 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Blair 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
M. Blair 7-0 0.0 0
C. Hansen 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
C. Hansen 6-0 0.0 0
K. Luafatasaga 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
K. Luafatasaga 4-2 0.0 0
J. Blackmon 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
J. Blackmon 4-0 0.0 0
J. Guidry 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
J. Guidry 4-0 0.0 0
S. Tauteoli 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
S. Tauteoli 3-2 0.0 0
B. Hobbs 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
B. Hobbs 3-0 0.0 0
P. Afia 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Afia 3-0 0.0 0
F. Mokofisi 45 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
F. Mokofisi 3-0 0.0 0
C. Hughes 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Hughes 3-0 0.0 0
N. Heninger 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Heninger 2-0 0.0 0
L. Lotulelei 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Lotulelei 1-1 0.0 0
C. Hart 8 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Hart 1-0 0.0 0
C. Barton 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Barton 1-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Ballard 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
C. Ballard 1-0 0.0 0
B. Anae 6 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Anae 0-1 0.0 0
L. Fotu 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
L. Fotu 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Gay 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
16/18 19/19
M. Gay 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wishnowsky 33 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 46.2 3
M. Wishnowsky 6 46.8 3 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Fulks 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 16.5 18 0
K. Fulks 2 16.5 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Hobbs 1 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 14.5 0 0
B. Hobbs 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54% 358 3 0 133.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.7% 2063 15 9 141.5
S. Darnold 27/50 358 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 111 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
102 640 8
R. Jones II 17 111 1 21
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 162 0
V. Malepeai 4 42 0 26
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 22 3
S. Darnold 6 15 0 14
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 12 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 12 0 12
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 73 0
A. Ware 2 4 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 99 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 626 6
D. Burnett 8 99 0 23
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 79 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 245 3
T. Petite 3 79 2 52
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 65 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 287 1
T. Vaughns 6 65 0 17
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 333 2
S. Mitchell Jr. 5 64 0 32
J. Falo 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 50 2
J. Falo 2 20 1 19
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
M. Pittman Jr. 1 17 0 17
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 112 1
R. Jones II 1 10 0 10
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 34 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 4 0 4
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 1 0.0
Ca. Smith 11-4 0.0 1
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 4 0.0
Ja. Jones 7-0 0.0 0
J. Fatu 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
J. Fatu 7-0 1.0 0
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Houston Jr. 4-1 0.0 0
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
M. Tell III 4-0 0.0 0
C. Hawkins 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
C. Hawkins 4-2 0.0 0
C. Rector 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 2.0
C. Rector 3-3 2.0 0
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Harris 2-1 0.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
U. Nwosu 2-0 0.0 0
Y. Ross 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
Y. Ross 2-2 0.0 0
I. Marshall 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
I. Marshall 2-1 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
R. Green 1-2 0.5 0
M. Dorton 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
M. Dorton 1-2 0.5 0
B. Pili 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Pili 1-0 0.0 0
L. Jimmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
L. Jimmons 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/9 31/31
C. McGrath 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 44.6 1
R. Budrovich 4 42.5 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 27.1 25 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:02 UTAH 34 1:07 3 5 Punt
9:19 UTAH 5 2:56 8 83 INT
4:47 UTAH 25 3:17 9 60 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:48 UTAH 45 1:38 4 55 TD
9:38 UTAH 21 4:49 12 79 TD
2:16 UTAH 20 1:02 5 20 Punt
0:21 UTAH 33 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 UTAH 19 3:19 7 35 Punt
5:56 UTAH 35 1:48 4 18 Punt
3:07 UTAH 32 1:20 4 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 UTAH 21 4:39 8 12 Punt
4:54 UTAH 25 4:12 12 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 1:51 6 41 Fumble
11:50 USC 22 2:21 6 34 Punt
6:17 USC 18 0:00 1 0 TD
6:08 USC 25 1:21 4 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:10 USC 20 0:04 3 0 Punt
13:03 USC 25 3:17 8 57 Fumble
4:49 USC 25 2:28 6 26 Punt
1:09 USC 20 0:43 6 47 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:29 USC 2 5:33 16 98 TD
4:01 USC 20 0:41 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:37 USC 12 1:30 11 88 TD
8:31 USC 7 3:37 11 93 TD
0:42 USC 47 0:07 3 -10 Game