October 5, 2012 in Sports

Barkley rallies No. 13 USC past Utah 38-28

Associated Press
 

SALT LAKE CITY – Matt Barkley passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including an 83-yarder to Marqise Lee in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Southern California came back from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Utah 38-28 in a Pac-12 football game Thursday night.

Utah (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) forced turnovers 1 minute, 16 seconds apart to open the game, including a play by Nate Fakahafua to score from 8 yards out after stripping the ball from Barkley after a bad snap.

But the Trojans (4-1, 2-1) turned the tables in the fourth, scoring twice in a span of less than 3 minutes to turn a three-point game into victory in their first trip to Salt Lake City in 95 years.

Barkley connected with Lee with 12:10 remaining, then cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted a pass by Jon Hays and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

Lee finished with 12 catches for 192 yards. The teams combined for 736 yards of offense and 222 yards in penalties.

Utah led 14-0 less than 3 minutes in, and was up 21-10 with 8:54 left in the half after Hays passed 18 yards to DeVonte Christopher, electrifying the fourth-largest crowd in stadium history (46,037).

But Barkley answered with scoring passes to Randall Telfer and Robert Woods as USC took a 24-21 lead into the break.

The Trojans scored 28 straight before Utah put together a late drive.

Before the season the game was being touted as a possible showdown for the Pac-12 South title. But then Stanford upset then-No. 2-ranked USC on Sept. 15 and Utah lost by 30 to Arizona State the following week.

ConferenceOverall
WLWL
Oregon 2050
Oregon St. 2030
Washington 1031
Stanford 1131
Washington St. 0223
California 0214
Arizona St. 2041
UCLA 1141
Southern Cal 1131
Colorado 1114
Utah 0122
Arizona 0232

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