Heartbreak in Salt Lake: Trojans fall to Utah 24-21

first_imgA sloppy effort led to a disastrous finish for the USC Trojans, whose Pac-12 title hopes took a serious hit in a 24-21 road loss to the Utah Utes. Just 10 seconds remained on the clock when quarterback Travis Wilson found a wide open Kaelin Clay for a go ahead one-yard touchdown that gave the No. 19 Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) yet another signature win.The No. 20 Trojans (5-3, 4-2) took a 21-17 lead with 10:18 remaining in the final quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler to sophomore wideout Darreus Rogers. USC reclaimed possession with just over seven minutes to play, but could not convert a fourth and short opportunity at the Utah 27-yard line with 2:08 remaining. That was all the time Wilson and the Utes needed for a game-winning drive.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian managed to find a few positives in his team’s effort, but was ultimately disappointed.“Utah played a hard fought game,” Sarkisian said. “Our guys played hard but we didn’t get it done.”A wild opening opening quarter got off to a less-than-thrilling start for the Trojans. On just the second offensive play of the game, Utah defensive back Davion Orphey scooped up a backward lateral intended for Rogers and took it 65 yards for a touchdown. Orphey’s heads-up play came as most of the USC offense returned to the huddle, figuring the whistle had blown.The Trojans would respond quickly, however, in the form of a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 10-yard strike to freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith. Kessler, who came out of the game for a short time after a hard hit, was a perfect 5-for-5 on the series.The Utes took the lead once again midway through the second quarter, using good field position to set up a 24-yard field goal from All-American kicker Andy Phillips. Unfortunately for Utah, the advantage was short lived. Freshman cornerback/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson took the ensuing kickoff 105 yards for a score, giving the Trojans a 14-10 lead. The touchdown marked the second of Jackson’s career — but the youngster was not done yet.Midway through the third quarter, Utah’s Clay returned a punt 51 yards to the USC 16-yard line. Just as it looked like the Utes would take their second lead of the night, however, Jackson stripped wide receiver Tim Patrick near the Trojans’ one yard line. Because Patrick was incorrectly ruled down on the play, Jackson was denied a chance at his first career defensive touchdown and USC took the ball at its own 20.The poor call came back to hurt the Trojans. Almost immediately, linebacker Jason Fanaika intercepted a poor throw from Kessler at the USC 38, leading to a 25-yard touchdown run from Utes’ running back Davontae Booker. To their credit, the Trojans bounced back with the 12-play, 73-yard drive that led to Rogers’ third touchdown of the season. But it would not be enough.The USC offense was rendered completely ineffective for large portions of the contest, including a stretch that consisted of a fumble, five punts and an interception in seven consecutive drives. Kessler, who finished the game 24-32 for 264 yards and two touchdowns, was the unit’s lone bright spot, while the Utah defense held redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen to just 3.7 yards per carry. Smith tied for a career high with six receptions.Even through all the sloppiness and questionable play-calling, USC still had the game within its grasp in the final minutes. Sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens, who spearheaded a gutsy defensive effort with two sacks, summed up the team’s feelings after the game.“I’ve been saying it for a couple weeks now, we need to know how to finish.” Cravens said.The Trojans will aim to pick themselves up off the mat for the third time this season next Saturday on the road once again, this time against the Washington State Cougars.“We’ll get back up,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll get back on the horse for next Saturday.”last_img read more

Dafabet nets ‘principal sponsorship’ for Canaries EPL return

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Returning to the Premier League, Norwich City FC secures ‘a club record partnership’ confirming online bookmaker Dafabet as its ‘principal shirt sponsor’.Norwich City executives unveiled Dafabet as official shirt sponsor with the Norfolk football club presenting its new Premier League season 2019/2020 football kits.Dafabet marketing secures a three-season sponsorship deal and will replace online gambling group LeoVegas as principal sponsor of the Canaries.Securing a ‘landmark deal’ for Norwich City’s Premier League ambitions, Ben Kensell,  Norwich City Chief Operating Officer, said:“This really is an exceptional deal for Norwich City Football Club. Not only is it the most lucrative partnership the club has ever had by some way, the partnership alongside our commercial operation allows us to be materially more competitive as a self-financed club. Something we are constantly striving to be in everything we do”.As an online bookmaker, Dafabet has maintained one of UK betting’s most active football sponsorship portfolios, having acted as shirt sponsor of  Sunderland AFC, Burnley FC, Aston Villa and Fulham FC .Furthermore, in 2018 Dafabet would renew its ‘legacy sponsorship’ with Celtic FC, maintaining its presence as official shirt sponsors of the Glasgow football club until 2025.Dafabet chief executive Dimitris Karatzas said: “Everyone at Dafabet is delighted that we are now to be associated with Norwich City Football Club. We are proud of our past association with the Premier League, but we are even more proud to begin the new season with a partner steeped in history and tradition and a club that is highly respected for its sporting values. For us, this is the start of a very long relationship.”last_img read more