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Rising Finds Parks For 57 Yards, Go-Ahead TD In Pac-12 Championship Game

Dec 2, 2022, 8:36 PM | Updated: 8:59 pm
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Money Parks #10 of the Utah Utes celebrates as he scores a 57 yard touchdown against the USC Trojans during the third 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 VEGASCameron Rising and Money Parks exploded for a 57-yard connection to give the Utah Utes their first lead 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 10:33 remaining in the third quarter, Rising found Parks over the middle on a 3rd & 19 play from Utah’s own 43-yard line. Parks worked his way through would-be tacklers until he found open grass.

Parks ran the ball 57 yards into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The score gave Utah its first lead of the game at 24-17.

The touchdown capped a three-play, 48-yard drive that took 57 seconds.

After the play, Rising was 15/26 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Parks had three receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Prior to the title game, Rising had thrown for 2,629 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions this season.

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Parks entered the game with 21 catches for 314 yards and a touchdown 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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Rising Finds Parks For 57 Yards, Go-Ahead TD In Pac-12 Championship Game