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Highlights, key plays and photos from No. 14 Utah’s 34-32 win over No. 18 USC

Utah and USC always seem to put on a show

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Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes (16) runs past USC Trojans safety Zion Branch (8) as the Utes and the USC Trojans face each other on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.

Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes (16) runs past USC Trojans safety Zion Branch (8) as the Utes and the USC Trojans face each other at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Deseret News is providing live coverage of Saturday’s game between No. 14 Utah and No. 18 USC. Check back for updates throughout the game.

Utah really does specialize in crushing USC’s dreams. The Utes got the win over the Trojans Saturday with a last-second field goal.

Utah will be back in action in one week in Salt Lake City against No. 9 Oregon.

Fourth quarter

Utah 34, USC 32

0:03 — Kicker Cole Becker wins the game for Utah. Quarterback Bryson Barnes put his team in position to win the game by running for 26 yards with 16 seconds left in the game. The Utes also benefitted from a targeting call earlier in the drive on Bear Alexander, who was disqualified. Utah 34, USC 32

1:52 — USC receiver Zachariah Branch receives the punt and takes it all the way to the 11-yard line. Quarterback Caleb Williams runs it in for a touchdown on the next play. The Trojans’ two-point conversion attempt fails. USC 32, Utah 31

2:09 — Utah fails to convert on third down, so the Trojans will have at least one more chance to score.

3:03 — USC misses a chance for a touchdown after Caleb Williams suffers a self-inflicted fumble. Although he recovers the ball, the Trojans kick a field goal. Utah 31, USC 26

8:28 — Kicker Cole Becker extends the Utes’ lead by three points. Utah’s drive included a 36-yard pass from Bryson Barnes to — you guessed it — Sione Vaki, as well as a 23-yard run from Vaki. Utah 31, USC 23

13:28 — USC Safety Calen Bullock intercepts Bryson Barnes and runs it in for a touchdown. The Trojans go for two but are unsuccessful. Utah 28, USC 23

Third quarter

Utah 28, USC 17

0:00 — The Trojans settle for a field goal after running out of steam with 27 yards to go to the end zone. Earlier in the drive, Caleb Williams connected with receiver Tahj Washington for a 40-yard gain. Utah 28, USC 17

3:28 — Sione Vaki scores again. He makes it into the end zone off a 15-yard pass from quarterback Bryson Barnes. The drive included a 26-yard run from Ja’Quinden Jackson. Utah 28, USC 14

6:18 — Cole Bishop recovers MarShawn Lloyd’s fumble, which was forced by Van Fillinger. The Utes halt a promising USC drive at midfield.

7:30 — Tight end Landen King scores on a 6-yard reception. Receiver Money Parks featured heavily in the drive before heading to the sideline with an apparent injury. Utah 21, USC 14

14:55 — Utah safety Cole Bishop enters the game. He missed the first half because he was penalized for targeting during the second half of last week’s Utah-Cal game.


After an offense-heavy first quarter and a defense-heavy second quarter, Utah and USC head into halftime with the score tied 14-14.

The Utah offense may come to regret its final drive of the first half, which stalled out after a false start penalty and a fumble by quarterback Bryson Barnes. The Utes recovered the fumble but had to punt two plays later.

Second quarter

Utah 14, USC 14

7:35 — The Utes go for it on fourth down at the USC 16-yard line, but quarterback Bryson Barnes is tackled for a loss.

9:59 — Are the defenses finally kicking into gear? There have been three punts in the past five minutes of game time.

First quarter

Utah 14, USC 14

1:54 — Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes runs it in for a touchdown to tie the game. Utah 14, USC 14

6:17 — Zachariah Branch runs it in for the Trojans from the 2-yard line. The drive included a 51-yard pass from quarterback Caleb Williams to receiver Tahj Washington. USC 14, Utah 0

11:49 — The Trojans answer Utah’s early score with a quick touchdown of their own. Running back MarShawn Lloyd scores on a 45-yard run. Utah 7, USC 7

13:44 — Quarterback Bryson Barnes connects with two-way player Sione Vaki for a 53-yard touchdown. Utah 7, USC 0

Pregame prep

Bryson Barnes will start at quarterback for the Utes for the second-straight game. Cam Rising was wearing street clothes on the field during warmups, according to Deseret News reporter Joe Coles.

Here are a few stories to get you ready for Utah’s game against USC.