Utes start strong, crumble in 2nd half to USC, 38-28

Posted at 12:08 AM, Oct 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-05 02:32:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes looked real good from the start of the game with two successive TDs.

During the second play of the game and after a bad snap for USC, Nate Fakahafua rips it away from Matt Barkley and he runs it in for a touchdown. The former Highland High star gave the Utes a quick 7-0 lead.

Defensive lineman Star Lotulelei blew up a play on the Trojans’ next drive when he forces the fumble and then he recovers it. USC did not have an answer for the former Bingham star in the first quarter. The fumble set up another Utah touchdown.

Jon Hays passes to Kenneth Scott who makes the catch and stays in bounds. But the referee said he was bobbling the ball when he went out. Scott and the Utes did not agree. The replay officials agreed and overturned the call, making it a Utah touchdown, 14-0.

USC’s offense would eventually get it going. Silas Redd had a nice run in for a touchdown and put the Trojans on the scoreboard.

The Utes were up 14-10 in the 2nd quarter.

When Hays slings it to DeVonte Christopher on the slant, he’s in for the score and the Utes go up making it 21-10.

But USC rallied back before the half when Randall Telfter made the one-handed grab for the TD and brought the Utes lead down to four.

Then it was Barkley again, who found Robert Woods open in the end zone.

After an exciting back-and-forth half, Trojans led it 24-21 at the break.

But it was all Southern Cal in the 2nd half, first when Barkley airs it out to Marqis Lee for a 83-yard score. After that TD, USC came back again with an interception return by Nickell Robey who ultimately sealed USC’s victory over Utah leaving the final score of 38-28.