With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter and the game on the line, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham didn’t flinch.
The Utes converted two fourth downs on a game-winning drive to complete a 10 point comeback in the final quarter to stun USC 31-27 in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
The loss moved Utah to 4-0 to start the season but much more notably dropped the Trojans to 1-3 before we’ve even reached October.
Quarterback Troy Williams finished the night with 270 yards and a pair of touchdowns, torching the USC secondary on quick passes on the final drive and making a few plays with his legs as well by adding 17 yards rushing during the game. Tailback Zack Moss was part of an effective ground game and led the team with 90 yards on 23 carries.
If there was any bright spot for USC on the night, it was that redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold looked good in his first start for the Trojans (253 yards, no interceptions). Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster finally got going to the tune of 98 yards on eight receptions and teammate Adoree’ Jackson chipped in with a 100 yard kick return in the first quarter.
Still, it will be a long week for the men of Troy as they are staring at a huge uphill climb to even make a bowl game with one of the toughest schedules in the country. They’ll host a rapidly improving Arizona State next week looking to avoid going 0-3 to start Pac-12 play as talk of coach Clay Helton’s hot seat is bound to heat up in Los Angeles.