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What’s next for USC football? The Utah Utes

By in Press Enterprise on October 9, 2017

By Joey Kaufman

No. 13 USC (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) vs. Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)

When: 5 p.m., Saturday

Where: Coliseum

TV/Radio: ABC/ 710-AM

USC update: After suffering their first loss at Washington State, the Trojans bounced back Saturday with a 38-10 victory over Oregon State. The loss to the Cougars had ended their 13-game winning streak, a stretch dating to September 2016. … Against Oregon State, USC’s offense recovered, amassing 512 total yards, it most since it opened its Pac-12 schedule with a dominant win over Stanford. It was held to a season-low 327 yards at Washington State. But it was also plagued by a pair of turnovers against the Beavers, both by quarterback Sam Darnold, who fumbled and threw an interception. … USC’s defense has been a little more consistent, ranking fifth in the Pac-12 in total defense (377 points per game) and scoring defense (23 points per game). It has also forced 15 turnovers in six games, ranking fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Utah’s last game: The Utes were the last remaining unbeaten team in the Pac-12 South Division until they suffered their first loss on Saturday night, a 23-20 loss to Stanford. It was a close contest. The Cardinal never led by more than three points. … Utah’s defense mostly contained star running back Bryce Love, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, holding him to 69 rushing yards over the first three quarters. But Love sprung loose for a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, sealing the win and marking the eighth straight he had a run of at least 50 yards.… Utah boasts a formidable defense, which ranks No. 20 in the nation in rush defense, allowing 109 yards on the ground per game. … Stanford was Utah’s first significant test. It had opened the season with victories over four teams that currently […]    

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