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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tyler Huntley threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing to lead Utah to a 41-28 victory over Southern Cal on Saturday night.

Huntley matched a career-high in passing yards to help the Utes beat the Trojans for the third straight time at home. Zack Moss added 136 yards rushing on 25 carries. Utah (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) has won three straight overall and moved into a first-place tie with USC in the Pac-12 South.

The Utes scored 34 consecutive points after falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter. Huntley hit receivers all over the field and ran the zone read to near perfection in the second and third quarters.

"Tyler did a great job of running the offense again," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He's really settled into a rhythm and he's playing with a great deal of confidence."

JT Daniels was 6-of-16 passing for 89 yards and a score with two interceptions for USC. Matt Fink, who played the entire fourth quarter in place of the freshman, finished with 43 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-7 passing.

Daniels stayed on the sidelines after suffering a head injury.

The Trojans (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) generated just 205 total yards and averaged 3.8 yards per play. They went just 3-of-14 on third down overall and 0-of-10 through the first three quarters.

Utah, on the other hand, tallied 541 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per play.

"What I saw is we put a lot of stress on our defense with all those three-and-outs," USC coach Clay Helton said. "Early we get up 14-0, and it's exactly where we wanted to be. Then we made some mistakes that allowed Utah to get back in it and get back in their game, which is being able to run it and use play action rather than being a drop back pass team."

USC sprinted to that 14-0 lead behind a pair of big plays.

Michael Pittman's 34-yard catch provided the first touchdown. Daniels narrowly eluded a sack and heaved the ball toward the goal line. It slipped through the hands of Utah safety Marquiese Blair and Pittman corralled the ball in the end zone.

Then, the Trojans made it a two-touchdown lead when John Houston forced a fumble and Jay Tufele scooped up the ball and rumbled 48 yards for the score.

Britain Covey stopped the bleeding for the Utes. He returned the kickoff 38 yards and followed up by taking a screen pass 46 yards to narrow USC's lead to 14-7.

Utah took its first lead on a 3-yard run from Huntley in the second quarter. The Utes put the Trojans away after the junior threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Enis and an 11-yard strike to Demari Simpkins to extend the Utes' lead to 34-14 in the third quarter.

"That's the one thing that you can't teach is playmaking ability and he has that," Covey said.

USC went three-and-out on six of its first 12 drives and committed turnovers on two other drives in that stretch.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: Aside from capitalizing on a broken play here and there, USC had almost no success moving the chains against Utah's stout defense. Daniels was largely ineffective in the passing game and the Trojan running backs gained little ground against the Pac-12's top defense.

Utah: There's no question now that Utah's offense is legit. For the third straight game, the Utes posted at least 40 points. Huntley is growing more comfortable in the pocket and his passing rallied Utah on a night where the running game got off to a rough start.

UP NEXT

USC hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

Utah travels to UCLA on Friday

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Oct 20, 2018 10:43PM (GMT 04:43) - 681 words

By JOHN COON , Associated Press

Eds: Utah 41, Southern Cal 28. Updates with quotes. With AP Photos.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tyler Huntley threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing to lead Utah to a 41-28 victory over Southern Cal on Saturday night.

Huntley matched a career-high in passing yards to help the Utes beat the Trojans for the third straight time at home. Zack Moss added 136 yards rushing on 25 carries. Utah (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) has won three straight overall and moved into a first-place tie with USC in the Pac-12 South.

The Utes scored 34 consecutive points after falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter. Huntley hit receivers all over the field and ran the zone read to near perfection in the second and third quarters.

"Tyler did a great job of running the offense again," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He's really settled into a rhythm and he's playing with a great deal of confidence."

JT Daniels was 6-of-16 passing for 89 yards and a score with two interceptions for USC. Matt Fink, who played the entire fourth quarter in place of the freshman, finished with 43 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-7 passing.

Daniels stayed on the sidelines after suffering a head injury.

The Trojans (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) generated just 205 total yards and averaged 3.8 yards per play. They went just 3-of-14 on third down overall and 0-of-10 through the first three quarters.

Utah, on the other hand, tallied 541 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per play.

"What I saw is we put a lot of stress on our defense with all those three-and-outs," USC coach Clay Helton said. "Early we get up 14-0, and it's exactly where we wanted to be. Then we made some mistakes that allowed Utah to get back in it and get back in their game, which is being able to run it and use play action rather than being a drop back pass team."

USC sprinted to that 14-0 lead behind a pair of big plays.

Michael Pittman's 34-yard catch provided the first touchdown. Daniels narrowly eluded a sack and heaved the ball toward the goal line. It slipped through the hands of Utah safety Marquiese Blair and Pittman corralled the ball in the end zone.

Then, the Trojans made it a two-touchdown lead when John Houston forced a fumble and Jay Tufele scooped up the ball and rumbled 48 yards for the score.

Britain Covey stopped the bleeding for the Utes. He returned the kickoff 38 yards and followed up by taking a screen pass 46 yards to narrow USC's lead to 14-7.

Utah took its first lead on a 3-yard run from Huntley in the second quarter. The Utes put the Trojans away after the junior threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Enis and an 11-yard strike to Demari Simpkins to extend the Utes' lead to 34-14 in the third quarter.

"That's the one thing that you can't teach is playmaking ability and he has that," Covey said.

USC went three-and-out on six of its first 12 drives and committed turnovers on two other drives in that stretch.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: Aside from capitalizing on a broken play here and there, USC had almost no success moving the chains against Utah's stout defense. Daniels was largely ineffective in the passing game and the Trojan running backs gained little ground against the Pac-12's top defense.

Utah: There's no question now that Utah's offense is legit. For the third straight game, the Utes posted at least 40 points. Huntley is growing more comfortable in the pocket and his passing rallied Utah on a night where the running game got off to a rough start.

UP NEXT

USC hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

Utah travels to UCLA on Friday

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