USC falls to No. 24 Utah, 31-27

    Sept. 24, 2016

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) USC allowed a costly touchdown late on Friday night during a 31-27 loss to No. 24 Utah.

    The Utes came back in a spectacular fashion with Tim Patrick catching an 18-yard touchdown pass at the pylon with 16 seconds remaining to cap a 15-play, 93-yard drive. Patrick had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. Utah quarterback Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.

    The Trojans controlled most of the game and had a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead, but Utah (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) scored 14 straight points. USC fell to 1-3 for the first time since 2001.

    ''I thought it was tonight,'' said USC head coach Clay Helton when asked about getting over the hump. ''I'll be honest with you. I thought the attitude and the competitiveness was great. I'm heartbroken for them. If they compete like they did tonight, they're going to win a lot of games.''

    Utah attempted to control the game on the ground early against the No. 98 run defense in the country, but USC tightened up and forced the Utes to win through the air.

    USC's Sam Darnold threw for 253 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start after replacing Max Browne.


    USC: The Trojans return home to host Arizona State (3-0, 0-0) in a Pac-12 South showdown October 1.

    UTAH: The Utes travel to face California (2-1, 0-0) in Pac-12 action on October 1.