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No. 11 Utah wins the Pac-12 championship, beating No. 4 USC 47-24

Utah is going back to the Rose Bowl after beating USC in the Pac-12 championship.

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Utah offensive lineman Paul Maile douses coach Kyle Whittingham after the Utes beat the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Utah offensive lineman Paul Maile douses coach Kyle Whittingham after the Utes beat the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

Utah blew out USC, 47-24, crushing the Trojans’ playoff hopes and winning the Pac-12 championship for the second straight season.

The Utes are going back to the Rose Bowl.

Utah 47, USC 24.

Fourth Quarter

1:55 — Micah Bernard runs for a 23-yard touchdown and he can run all the way to Pasadena. Utah is going to the Rose Bowl. Utah 47, USC 24.

3:24 — Mo Diabate forces the fumble on Caleb Williams and the Utes are smelling roses for the second season in a row.

5:29 — Ja’Quinden Jackson with a 53-yard touchdown run. Jackson got an unsportsmanlike penalty and Jadon Redding misses the extra point, so it’s still a two-score game. Utah 40, USC 24.

6:58 — Caleb Williams eludes the Utah pass rush, Clark Phillips III falls down, and USC completes a 48-yard pass to the Utah 20-yard line. But R.J. Hubert picks off Williams on second and 13 and the Utes have the ball up 10.

10:08 — Cameron Rising to Thomas Yassmin for a 60-yard touchdown. Yassmin was not going to be denied on that touchdown, breaking a few tackles. Utah 34, USC 24.

11:00 — Caleb Williams, heavily limping, leads the Trojans 75 yards down the field for a touchdown It’s Caleb Williams to Mario Williams and here come the Trojans. Utah 27, USC 24.

14:56 — Utah goes up 10 on a 35-yard field goal by Jadon Redding. Utah 27, USC 17.

Third Quarter

6:10 — Another three-and-out for the Trojans.

9:26 — USC goes three-and-out again. Simote Pepa had a sack on the drive. Caleb Williams has looked hurt and was limping a bit coming off the field.

10:33 — Cam Rising with a 57-yard pass to Money Parks on third and 19. Parks shrugs off a tackle and runs to the end zone and Utah takes the lead. Utah 24, USC 17.

12:41 — Gabe Reid sacks Caleb Williams and Utah forces a three-and-out.

Second Quarter

0:02 — Utah stops USC once again and the Utes’ offense drives 81 yards in 1:38 to tie the game. It’s Cameron Rising to Jaylen Dixon for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Utah gets the ball to start the third quarter. USC 17, Utah 17.

3:55 — Ja’Quinden Jackson runs for an 8-yard touchdown and Utah is back in the game. Cameron Rising did plenty of running on that drive, including a fourth-down conversion. Huge series coming up for Utah’s defense. USC 17, Utah 10.

10:34 — Utah’s defense comes up with a major stop. Sione Vaki with a couple of huge breakups.

11:56 — Jaylen Dixon fumbles the ball, the Trojans recover, and USC is threatening to run away with the game right now.

12:11 — Clark Phillips III breaks up Caleb Williams’ third-and-goal pass and forces USC to kick a field goal. USC 17, Utah 3.

First Quarter

2:52 — Utah goes three-and-out.

5:00 — Caleb Williams runs for 59 yards as Utah can’t contain him. It’s Williams to a wide-open Raleek Brown for a touchdown. Two drives, two touchdowns for USC. USC 14, Utah 3.

6:10 — Utah is able to get down to the red zone, but the drive stalls and Jadon Redding makes a 25-yard field goal. Rising completed a few passes to get the Utes down the field, and Utah used Nate Johnson on a rush and as a receiver on the drive. USC 7, Utah 3.

11:28 — Dalton Kincaid is out there for Utah. Micah Bernard took the first carry.

11:50 — Caleb Williams scrambles and launches a 50-yard rocket to Tahj Washington as Utah’s coverage breaks down. It’s Williams to Washington on the next play for a touchdown. USC 7, Utah 0.

15:00 — USC and quarterback Caleb Williams start with the ball.

Pregame

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