College football top plays: Utah wins Pac-12 title, USC’s CFP hopes dashed

More than the Pac-12 championship was at stake when No. 4 USC met No. 11 Utah on Friday night in Las Vegas.

For the Trojans, a win would have meant getting into the College Football Playoff, the first ever for USC and the first for the Pac-12 since Washington in the 2016 season.

For the Utes, a win would have meant successfully spoiling things for a school that was poised to leave the conference for the Big Ten, and defend their title from last season.

And Utah was able to do that.

Here are the highlights from the Pac-12 Championship Game.

No. 11 Utah 47, No. 4 U.S.C. 24

A magical man

If the Utes weren’t worried about slowing down Caleb Williams before the game, they are now, as he put it on early in the first quarter through this dime.

That was quick

The Trojans got on the board on their way, after Williams found Tahj Washington for a short TD.

Caleb Williams found Tahj Washington for the score

Caleb Williams found Tahj Washington for the score

USC’s Caleb Williams finds Tahj Washington for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead over Utah.

Caleb is there

After Utah put three on the boardit was finally Williams’ turn.

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First, the 59-yard scramble…

USC’s Caleb Williams is running wild

USC's Caleb Williams is running wild

Caleb Williams went 59 yards on this drive, putting the Trojans in scoring position late in the first frame.

Caleb Williams found Raleek Brown for another score in the first quarter

Caleb Williams found Raleek Brown for another score in the first quarter

USC’s Caleb Williams connected with Raleek Brown for the 3-yard TD to make it 14-3 for the Trojans.

Trojans have it!

After adding a field goal to take a 17-3 lead, USC turned a big play for Utah into a turnover.

Back at U

Utah is right back in it, scoring on this short run from Ja’Quinden Jackson late in the second quarter to make it 17-10.

Caleb goes down

The Utes have caught the momentum, and finally brought Williams down to the ground with this sack.

It’s connected!

After USC’s good start, the Utes settled in and knotted things up at halftime, with a 4-yard TD pass from Cameron Rising to Jaylen Dixon with two seconds left in the second quarter.

Utah’s Cameron Rebels find Jaylen Dixon for the TD

Utah's Cameron Rebels find Jaylen Dixon for the TD

Cameron Rebels Utah Utes find Jaylen Dixon for the 4-yard TD to tie it at 17 against the USC Trojans.

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Near disaster

USC narrowly avoided a full time blunder just before the half!

Defense wins

Utah clicks on all cylinders defensively, leaving Williams again early in the second half.

Money is parked in the end zone

The man has money.

It’s now 21 unanswered points for the Utes, after this 57-yard TD pass from Revolution to Money Parks.

Williams is going down

Another big Utah sack is USC and its quarterback reel.

Rising falling

Cam Rising is the man Friday night in Vegas … but he got the short end of the stick on this one.

Big hit aside, the Utes were able to put three more on the right board because the fourth quarter began, and they now lead 27-17.

Trojans are coming back

Williams is clearly struggling, but that didn’t stop him from keeping USC in the game.

After that crazy run, Williams found Mario Williams for the TD to make the score 27-24.

Caleb Williams found Mario Williams for the 12-yard touchdown

Caleb Williams found Mario Williams for the 12-yard touchdown

Caleb Williams found Mario Williams for the 12-yard touchdown and cut the Utah Utes’ lead to 27-24.

Yass!

On Utah’s next possession, the Utes regained their 10-point lead when Thomas Yassmin went into beast mode on this 60-yard score.

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Utah’s Cameron Rush finds Thomas Yassmin for the 60-yard TD

Utah's Cameron Rush finds Thomas Yassmin for the 60-yard TD

Cameron Rising finds Thomas Yassmin for the 60-yard TD for the Utah Utes to take a 34-24 lead.

Wide open!

USC won’t go away so easily. And on fourth down, Caleb Williams found a hobbled Jordan Addison down the sideline.

Choose!

Williams threw only his fourth interception of the year, as he was picked off by RJ Hubert with just under seven minutes to go in the game.

JJ to the house!

The CFP site looks slim for USC.

Ja’Quinden Jackson put more points on the board for Utah with this 53-yard scamper to give the Utes a 40-24 lead late in the fourth.

All but over

Micah Bernard ran over USC defenders on his way to the end zone, giving Utah a 47-24 lead.

And with that final score, that’s it: Utah is back-to-back Pac-12 champions, and USC is definitely out of College Football Playoff contention.

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