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Ja’Quinden Jackson Bursts For TD Against USC In Pac-12 Championship Game

Dec 2, 2022, 7:34 PM | Updated: 8:01 pm
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Ja'Quinden Jackson #3 of the Utah Utes celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the USC Trojans during the second quarter in the Pac-12 Championship at Allegiant Stadium on December 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

LAS VEGASUtah running back Ja’Quinden Jackson powered his way into the end zone for the Utes’ first touchdown against the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

The conference title game between the No. 11 Utes and No. 4 Trojans took place at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, on Friday, December 2.

With 3:55 remaining in the second quarter, the quarterback-turned-running back fought his way for eight yards and across the goal line for six points.

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Jackson’s touchdown cut USC’s lead to 17-10.

The touchdown run capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive that took 6:33.

After the score, Jackson had five carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.

The Dallas, Texas native entered the game with 345 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 52 carries this season.

The Pac-12 Championship Game is televised on FOX.

Pac-12 Championship Game: Utah vs. USC

The Pac-12 Championship Game is here and features a top-15 matchup between the Utes and the College Football Playoff-hopeful Trojans.

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Utah enters the matchup looking to defend its Pac-12 crown against USC, who will almost assuredly secure a spot among the four teams to compete in the College Football Playoff. It’s an intriguing contest between a pair of former Pac-12 South teams, especially after the Utes handed the Trojans their only loss of the season in October. That game took place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Will Utah beat the same team twice or will USC avenge its only blemish of the season?

 

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Utah arrives in Las Vegas after winning five of its final six games in the regular season. The Trojans are winners for five consecutive games, including wins over two top-25 programs to end their regular season slate.

Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams is a frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top player. A strong performance and win over the Utes could secure history for the young signal-caller.

Utes quarterback Cam Rising and tight end Dalton Kincaid look to lead the Utah offense to another 10-win season and a second straight Pac-12 title.

This is Utah’s fourth Pac-12 title game appearance in the last five seasons. It’s USC’s first trip to the conference championship since 2020, when the Trojans fell to the Oregon Ducks. Utah and USC each have four appearances in the game since its inception in 2011.

Follow @kslsports on Twitter & Instagram for exclusive coverage of the Pac-12 Championship Game between the Utes and Trojans. Utah Utes insider Michelle Bodkin is at Allegiant Stadium to cover the game and see if the Utes earned a second straight trip to the Rose Bowl Game.

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Ja’Quinden Jackson Bursts For TD Against USC In Pac-12 Championship Game