USC-Utah Postgame Notes
Oct. 26, 2013
USC improved to 9-3 against Utah and has won three in a row in the series since the Utes joined the conference. Troy has won four straight at home after its season-opening loss to WSU. The last time USC won four consecutive home games in a single season was the first four games of the 2011 season. USC hasn't won more consecutive home games in a season since the 2008 team went 6-0 at the Coliseum.
USC held Utah to three points today, the fifth time in the 12 games of the all-time series that the Trojans have held the Utes to three points or less.
The last time Utah was held without a touchdown was vs. Boise State on Dec. 22, 2010 (L, 3-26) in Las Vegas.
USC held Utah to a season-low 201 total yards. Utah has had five games with over 400 total yards this season. The last time Utah had less total yards in a game was at Washington on Nov. 10, 2012, when they were held to 188. USC has held six of its first eight opponents to under 300 total yards. Since the start of the 2001 season, USC is 66-6 when holding the opponent to under 300 total yards.
Utah scored its only points on a field goal in the first quarter. USC has now allowed a total of 17 first-quarter points this season.
USC had a season-low 30 total yards rushing. The last time USC had less rushing yards in a game was when it was held to 26 at Stanford on Sept. 15, 2012.
USC had six sacks today for a total of 54 yards lost. It was a season-high in yards on sacks and the most sacks since registering seven in the opener at Hawai'i. USC entered the game 17th in the country in sacks with 2.9 per game.
Walk-ons who played today included TEs Chris Willson (who made his first career catch in the second quarter) and Shane Sullivan (who suffered an injury late in the first half and was lost for the game), junior OT Nathan Guertler (making his first career start today as a tight end and wearing 82), WRs Robby Kolanz and George Katrib. S Rob Dooley, SNP Zach Smith, WR Cody Skene, TB John Akiba and OL Abe Markowitz also saw action.
USC suited 52 recruited scholarship players today (Dion Bailey suited in the second half). USC, for the third game in a row, and the fourth time this year, used three or fewer defensive subs. USC used just two subs against Notre Dame, Arizona and Washington State and three today.
Troy recorded four first-half turnovers, including a fumble recovery by Anthony Sarao and interceptions by Josh Shaw, Leon McQuay and Su'a Cravens. All of USC's 16 first-half points came off those four turnovers.
USC Jr. DB Josh Shaw's first-quarter interception was his second this year and as a Trojan. His first was a pick six at Hawaii. Fr. S Leon McQuay's second-quarter interception was the first of his career. Fr. S Su'a Cravens' late second-quarter interception was his team-best third this season.
So DT Antwaun Woods recorded his first sack of the season in the first quarter.
Jr. PK Andre Heidari connected from 35, 38, 28, 40 yards on his first 4 FG attempts to set a career best in one game. His previous career-best was 3 (ASU and Cal in 2011). He missed his fifth attempt.
Jr. WR De'Von Flournoy's 31-yard second-quarter catch was a career-best.
USC's third-down conversion on its first second-half possession was its first since the first quarter last week at Notre Dame, ending a streak of 17 third-down tries.