Dominant defense propels USC past Utah 19-3

GREG BEACHAM (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressOctober 26, 2013
Dominant defense propels USC past Utah 19-3
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Southern California wide receiver Nelson Agholor dives for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cody Kessler passed for 230 yards, Nelson Agholor scored the game's only touchdown on an early 30-yard reception, and Southern California's defense forced four turnovers in a 19-3 victory over Utah on Saturday.

Andre Heidari kicked four field goals for the Trojans (5-3, 2-2 Pac-12), who persevered despite a daunting injury list for their second victory in three games under interim coach Ed Orgeron.

Travis Wilson passed for just 51 yards and threw two interceptions while obviously struggling with a sprained finger for Utah (4-4, 1-4), which has followed up its stunning victory over Stanford with consecutive losses to Arizona and USC. The Utes haven't won at the Coliseum since 1916.

USC's defense was dominant, yielding just 201 yards while holding the Utes scoreless after their opening drive.