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Utes fall at USC, 19-3
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Los Angeles • In the second half, neither the Trojans nor the Utes could generate much offense, grinding the outcome down to a final count of 19-3.

Those early miscues put Utah in a hole from which it could not extricate itself.

Both Travis Wilson and Adam Schulz tried - but failed.

After being sacked for a deep loss, Wilson threw a tipped pick near midfield in the closing minutes of the first quarter, giving the ball to the Trojans at the Utah 43-yard line. Shortly thereafter, USC scored on a 30-yard pass from Cody Kessler to Nelson Agholor, who caught the ball along the right sideline and dove forward, somersaulting into the end zone for a 7-3 Trojan lead.

Next, Wilson fumbled at the Utah 19, leading to a USC field goal - and a seven-point margin. Another Wilson interception triggered a Trojan scoring drive near the end of the half, which was punctuated by a 38-yard field goal. A Schulz interception in the final seconds gave USC an additional field goal.

Utah's offense struggled throughout. The Utes were stopped on a 4th-and-1 at the USC 10, erasing a prime scoring opportunity midway through the second quarter. In the fourth, even after a Geoffrey Norwood punt return to the Trojan 33-yard line, Utah couldn't score — Andy Phillips missing a short field-goal attempt.

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