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The roller coast dives down again with a Trojan defeat by the Utes, 42-26

Fans of the USC Trojans should have bought out local supplies of dramamine before this season started — the team continues on a weekly roller coast of wins and losses. This week, they lost a home game to the Utah Utes by a score of 42 to 26.

Although USC outpassed Utah, gaining 401 yards in the air compared to the Ute’s 306, the shoe was on the other foot for rushing. The Utes rushed for almost double the yardage of the Trojans, 180 yards versus 92 yards. On the other hand, the Trojans were much better at collecting penalties and penalty yardage. Where the Utes incurred only 2 penalties for a total loss of 30 yards, the Trojans incurred 9 penalties for a loss of 95 yards. Ouch!

The Trojans even topped the Utes in time-of-possession, 31:10 to 28:50. They just didn’t use that time to score as much.

The first quarter ended with the Utes having scored a touchdown and point after. USC managed merely a field goal.

The second quarter found the Trojans jumping ahead with a touchdown and point after that was quickly answered by the Utes touchdown and point after… and another touchdown and point after by the Utes.

The score was 21-10 in favor of the Utes at halftime.

The Utes spent the third quarter adding 14 more points to the scoreboard. The Trojans failed to score at all.

The first score of the fourth quarter was on a two-yard run by USC’s Vavae Malepeai. That was followed by a two-point conversion on a pass from Kedon Slovis to Tahj Washington. The Utes then made their final touchdown on a one-yard pass from Cameron Rising to Dalton Kincaid followed by a successful point-after kick by Jordan Noyes. The Trojans again scored a touchdown off a pass from Kedon Slovis followed by a two-point conversion but it was too little too late.

Next week the Trojans have no game, but the week after will face off against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on the road.

USC football schedule

Opponent Date and Time Location W|L Score
San José State Sep 4 (Sat) 2 p.m. PT Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum W 30-7
Stanford Sep 11 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. PT

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 28-42
at Washington State Sep 18 (Sat) 12:30 p.m. PT Pullman, WA W 45-14
Oregon State Sep 25 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 45-27
at Colorado Oct 2 (Sat) TBD Boulder, CO W 14-37
Utah Oct 9 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 42-26
at Notre Dame Oct 23 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. PT Notre Dame, IN    
Arizona Oct 30 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    
Arizona State Nov 6 (Sat) TBD Tempe, AZ    
at California Nov 13 (Sat) TBD Berkeley, CA    
UCLA Nov 20 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    
vs Brigham Young Nov 27 (Sat) TBD Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    
Pac-12 Championship Dec. 3 TBD Las Vegas, NV