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Actually, this fact has more to do with the Trojans, but it certainly will affect Utah.
That was the second half score of the USC-Minnesota game last Saturday, with the Gophers on the road blanking the Trojans and their offensive and defensive starters, 14-0.
An unranked, unsuccessful (3-9 in 2010), inexperienced Minnesota team with an entirely new coaching staff and offensive scheme came into the Coliseum this past Saturday as a 24-point underdog. They left having lost by only two points on a last-minute interception and shut out the Cardinal and Gold 14-0 in the second half.
Even USC's biggest rivals, Notre Dame and UCLA (though they lost), had successful second halves. Both outscored South Florida and Houston by 20-7, respectively.
What does that have to do with Utah?
Think about it. By letting Minnesota and a 2-star true freshman quarterback dominate them in the second half, the Trojans just gave the Utes all the inspiration they needed to come into the Coliseum and force USC into submission.
This past Saturday was the worst possible thing the Trojans could do for next Saturday. The Utes were somewhat down on themselves after a lackluster 27-10 win over Montana State, ranked in the FCS Top Five. As mediocre as they played, the success that a huge underdog Minnesota team had against USC has to give the Utes a great deal of heart.
They know they are much better than the Gophers, and now believe they can beat USC. The Trojans, despite what they might say this week, have to be disheartened by that poor showing against the Gophers.