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USC 17, Utah State 14: 8th best Pac-12 OOC win of 2013

Earlier posts: #10 -- Colorado 41, Colorado State 27, #9 -- Utah 30, Utah State 26

Lane Kiffin's final stand was an uninspiring but still pretty marquee win for the USC Trojans. The Utah State Aggies are far from an easy team to beat, and the defense was able to hold them down for four quarters and allow them an actual victory.

The game provided plenty of indicators that this was part of the twilight of the Lane Kiffin era. USC's offense was an uninspired mess. USC's defense would be the steady hand all season that would keep the Trojans on the right path and ensure there would be no blemishes on their home non-conference slate.

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The Trojans (3-1) got ahead early, pounded the rock late and found a way to escape the Coliseum with a 17-14 victory over Utah State. Finishing up the three-game home stand with a confidence building performance on defense, USC held Chuckie Keeton to only 164 yards of total offense standing nearly 200 yards below his regular-season totals.

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