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USC-Utah Halftime Update: Trojans Lead 24-21 After Awful Start

Scott Enyeart |
October 4, 2012 | 7:59 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Barkley completed 12 of 15 passes for 141 yards after two early fumbles. (Jerry Ting/NT)
Barkley completed 12 of 15 passes for 141 yards after two early fumbles. (Jerry Ting/NT)
USC's trip to Salt Lake City for its Thursday night showdown with Utah couldn't have started any worse.

The Trojans fumbled on their first two possessions of the night, the first being returned for a Utah TD, and the second giving Utah a short field on which it was able to find the endzone again jumping out to a 14-0 lead.

Once USC was actually able to hold on to the ball, the Trojans began to find a rhythm, going 75 yards before finally scoring on a Silas Redd touchdown run to cut Utah's lead to 14-7. Redd took the majority of carries with Curtis McNeal sidelined by injury.

USC inched closer with an Andre Heidari field goal, that ironically was no-good on his first attempt, but the miss was nullified by a Trojans' false start.

Sitting at 14-10, Utah answered with another score to widen its lead to 21-10.

On the ensuing drive, USC began to find some success, particularly on a big 41-yard catch-and-run by Robert Woods, who had previously come out of the game with what many had thought to be a concussion following a bit hit by Utah safey Brian Blechen.

The Trojans capped the drive with a beautiful one-handed catch by TE Randall Telfer for a score as USC narrowed the margin to 21-17.

USC then caught a huge break when Utah's Dallin Rogers fumbled while being tackled, but landed on a USC defender, preventing him from being ruled down.

Barkley found Woods - who still did not look to be concussed - for the score to take a 24-21 lead, which is how the half eventually ended.

It was a remarkable recovery by USC after such a sloppy start. The difference seemed to be center Khaled Holmes finally neutralizing Utah's all-everything nost tackle Star Lotulelei, who remained relatively quiet after making his presence well-known the first two series of the game.

Utah gets the ball to start the second half.


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