USC ‘got a little nervous.’ Results from the Pac-12 Title Game

 USC 'got a little nervous.'  Results from the Pac-12 Title Game

USC quarterback Caleb Williams runs with the ball while fending off the Utah defense during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Allegiant Stadium on Friday.

(Wally Scalise / Los Angeles Times)

Austin Jones was rolling. Utah cooled it down.

The running back, who had a career-high 154 rushing yards against Notre Dame, was held to just 35 yards on 15 carries on Friday. His ability to balance the offense, Williams’ pressure and passing game, was crucial against the Irish. The run game was a non-factor against Utah, however, putting undue stress on the already injured Williams.

Williams, who suffered a hamstring injury while scrambling for 59 yards during USC’s second drive of the game, was unable to perform his usual Heisman-worthy feat and was sacked seven times.

Riley said of the lack of running game, “When your quarterback is playing motionless, that’s definitely a factor there as well.” ‚ÄúPeople have to treat him a little differently when he can move around. This changed some of the game of the run. I’m definitely guilty of this. It can happen at times and I should have stuck to it as far as calling the game is concerned.

Without the loss of 69 yards on seven sacks, Williams would have led the Trojans with 90 rushing yards on five carries.

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