|Date of game: 10/25/2014
Recap: Utah vs. USC
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Travis Wilson's 1-yard touchdown pass to Kaelin Clay with eight seconds left lifted No. 19 Utah to a dramatic 24-21 win over No. 20 USC on Saturday night.
Utah's winning drive came after the Trojans failed to convert on a 4th-and-2 and included an 18-yard scramble by Wilson to the 1-yard line.
He found Clay in the right side of the end zone two plays later, giving the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) their first win in four games against USC (5-3, 4-2) since joining the conference in 2011.
Wilson passed for 194 yards without an interception and Devontae Booker rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in the win. Utah's first touchdown came on a 53- yard fumble return by Davion Orphey on the game's second play from scrimmage.
Cody Kessler passed for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception a week after throwing a USC-record seven touchdown passes in a win over Colorado. His 4-yard touchdown pass to Darreus Rogers gave the Trojans a 21-17 lead with 10:18 left in the game.
USC's Adoree' Jackson had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Nelson Agholor had 10 catches for 110 yards, but stepped out of bounds on a pitch to the left side with 2:13 remaining and a first down in sight.
Utah's winning drive was aided by a 13-yard pass interference penalty near the left sideline on cornerback Kevon Seymour and Booker's only catch of the game, a 17-yard gain for a first down.
Wilson's 18-yard scramble was originally ruled a 19-yard touchdown after he leapt from the 3-yard line toward the left pylon, where he was hit by USC safety Leon McQuay III. A replay showed he was kept out of the end zone, and the Utes went ahead two plays later when Clay beat John Plattenburg to the ball for a sliding catch in the end zone.
"We knew we were going to score," said Wilson. "We executed a play that was called really well and I'm glad that we got it into the end zone."
Javorius Allen rushed 27 times for 101 yards for USC, which came into the game off two straight wins since losing to Arizona State on a Hail Mary on Oct. 4.
"It obviously hurts a lot when you lose the way we lost tonight," USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said.
What looked like an incomplete pass from Kessler to Darreus Rogers was ruled a lateral -- and a fumble -- because the throw came behind the line of scrimmage and Orphey scored on a heads-up play.
The Trojans then tied the game on Kessler's 10-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith, and Booker fumbled for Utah at the USC 1-yard line on the possession after that.
Andy Phillips' 24-yard field goal gave Utah a 10-7 lead in the second quarter but the Trojans carried a 14-10 advantage into halftime on Jackson's return down the right sideline.
Booker scored with 49 seconds left in the third quarter after an interception to give Utah a 17-14 lead.Game Notes
Westlee Tonga led Utah with six receptions for 71 yards ... Utah has won three
in a row since losing to Washington State on Sept. 27 and plays at Arizona
State next Saturday ... USC is at Washington next week.