MIAMI, FL (December 3) —— No. 12 Utah smashed No. 4 Southern California 47-24 on Friday night to win the Pac-12 Championship and wreck the Trojans’ College Football Playoff hopes. In a Week when No. 5 Ohio State is actively cheering for underdogs, things couldn’t have started better in the Buckeyes’ favor.
After a 17-17 first score, Utah dominated USC 30-7 in the second half to rattle up 533 yards of offense in the rematch, after the Utes edged the Trojans 43-42 earlier this season. Read More: USC moves into top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings; Ohio States drops to No. 5
Cam Rising passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 22 of 34 completed passes, while Ja’Quinden Jackson ran 13 times for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, Micah Bernard ran for 88 yards and a score, and Money Parks, Thomas Yassmin and Jaylen Dixon each took a catch for a score for Utah (10-3) in the win.
Meanwhile, a banged up, limping, and bloodied Caleb Williams threw for 363 yards and three TDs and completed 28 of 41 passes for USC (11-2).
Williams entered the game as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but struggled to match up to his usual standard after picking up an injury in the first quarter. Tahj Washington took 6 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The defeat for the Trojans on Friday night opened the door for Ohio State (11-1) to take a spot in the College Footbapp Playoffs. USC entered the Pac-12 Championship game ranked fourth in the CFP rankings, while the Buckeyes are one spot behind.
In the meantime, Utah will now turn its attention to featuring in this season’s Rose Bowl, The Utes are responsible for the Trojans two losses this season, having edged the Trojans 43-42 on Oct. 15 in Salt Lake City.
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