USC started the second half with the ball, and found their first third down conversion of the game when Cody Kessler hit Darreus Rogers over the middle for a 13-yard gain. The Trojans again converted on 3rd-and-2 later in the drive when Kessler found Nelson Agholor for a 21-yard pick up to keep the drive alive.
Tre Madden picked up another four yards with USC’s next set of downs, before Kessler threw an incomplete pass to De’Von Flournoy. Their next third down attempt came up short, and the kicking unit took the field.
4 for 4 on the day after last week’s struggles, Andre Heidari nailed a 40-yard to extend the Trojans’ lead to 19-3.
On Utah’s first drive of the half, they went three and out thanks to a series of incomplete passes and pressure from the Trojan defensive line.
Finding his rhythm, Kessler rolled out of the pocket and found Agholor for a 23-yard gain. Silas Redd picked up five yards on first down and another one on second down. On third down, he scatted towards the sideline for eight yards and with them, gave USC another set of downs.
Inside the 20-yard line, the Trojan offense sputtered out and once again had to settle for a field goal attempt. This time, Heidari’s kick sailed wide.
It was another unproductive offensive effort for the Utes however, who went three-and-out and were forced to punt it back to USC. The Trojans, too, went three and out after recording three plays in a row for negative yards.
On the following punt, Geoff Norwood returned it 33 yards to give Utah decent field position. Adam Schulz came in for Travis Wilson as the clock ran out in the third quarter, and will likely finish the game for the Utes.