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Barkley rallies No. 13 USC past Utah 38-28

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Barkley rallies No. 13 USC past Utah 38-28

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) All-American wide receiver Robert Woods was face down on the giant red ``U'' in the middle of the field Thursday night, dazed by a wicked shot.

The scene was indicative of the Trojans as a whole after blunders left No. 13 Southern California down two touchdowns early and Utah smelling upset.

Woods righted himself and so did the rest of the USC offense, with quarterback Matt Barkley showing why he was a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy before the season started.

Barkley led the Trojans to 28 straight points, passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 victory.

``That was a real low point to give the other team 14 points to start the game, but our team bounced back,'' said Barkley, who finished 23 of 30. ``We didn't let that ruin our night.''

Instead the Trojans ruined one of the biggest games in Utah history - it was USC's first trip to Salt Lake City in 95 years.

``We wanted to come out fast and we did that,'' said Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott, who caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jon Hays and had a 44-yarder nullified by penalty in the second quarter. ``Now we just have to finish.''

That the Trojans (4-1, 2-1) showed they know how to do, scoring twice in a span of less than 3 minutes in the fourth quarter to turn a 3-point game into another victory.

Leading 24-21, Barkley tossed an 83-yard TD pass to Marqise Lee to bump USC's lead to 10 points. Less than 3 minutes later, cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted a pass by Jon Hays and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

``The D-line disrupted the play'' Robey said of a pass Hays overthrew. ``I read it. I just broke on the ball and stepped in and caught it.''

Game over.

That may well have been what a frenzied crowd of 46,037 thought when Utah (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) forced turnovers 1:16 apart to open the game, both involving Rimington Award candidate Khaled Holmes

Just 47 seconds in Nate Fakahafua scored from 8 yards out after stripping the ball from Barkley after a bad snap by Holmes. On the second play of USC's second series, reigning Pac-12 defensive lineman of the year Star Lotulelei bulldozed Holmes as he snapped the ball and pounced on the fumble with 12:57 left in the first. Hays; 11-yard TD pass to Kenneth Scott put Utah up 14-0.

Holmes apologized in front of the team before head coach Lane Kiffin could even start his postgame chat. ``He was a man to do that and played great the rest of the game,'' Kiffin said.

Kiffin also was pleased with the way his staff hung in there.

``I felt we did a lot better job as a staff today handling negative plays than we did the last time on the road,'' Kiffin said, referring to a 21-14 loss to Stanford on Sept. 15.

``I think we did a very good job of that, not panicking, staying with the run game even though we were down. Much like last year, after our first bad road trip, we started playing a lot better, so hopefully that's the case.''

Before the season, Thursday's game was being touted as a possible showdown for the Pac-12 South title. But then Stanford upset then-No. 2-ranked USC and Utah lost by 30 to Arizona State the following week.

While the Utes are headed to the South basement, the Trojans continue to work their way back to the top of a league with six Pac-12 teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

It helps having Barkley, who stayed calm Thursday after the rough start.

He drove the Trojans 75 yards in eight plays, capped by Silas Redd's 3-yard run, to pull USC within 14-7 midway through the first quarter.

After Hays' 18-yard TD pass to DeVonte Christopher bumped Utah's lead to 21-10 with 8:54 left in the half, Barkley countered a minute later with a three-play,74-yard TD drive, passing 41 yards to Woods and capping it with a 23-yard strike to tight end Randall Telfer that pulled USC within 21-17.

Barkley gave USC its first lead with 4:38 left in the half on a 6-yard TD pass to Woods on third-and-goal from the 6.

Lee finished with 12 catches for 192 yards, and Woods had six catches for 69 yards.

``Those are unselfish guys,'' Kiffin said of Lee and Woods.

Lee spun himself silly going for extra yards after the catch.

Woods, meanwhile, was dazed from a block he made on a punt return.

``I don't want Robert to hit like he did on the punt return,'' Kiffin said. ``He could have just high-screened him, but he's so competitive you can't slow him down in a situation like that.

``He came right back in that quick. Many guys are going to stay out for a while but he's a dynamic competitor.''

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2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

The first big move of NBA Draft night - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski - was to help Atlanta land Virginia's De'Andre Hunter.

Per Wojnarowski Atlanta has acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans, which they got from the Lakers in the mega-deal for Anthony Davis, for the picks No. 8, 17, and 35. With that fourth overall selection, the Hawks plan to take Hunter. 

Hunter, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of UVA's national championship team this past season, was profiled in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series.

In his interview with NBC Sports Washington, Hunter described what he expects draft night to be like for him and his family. 

"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."

In another pre-draft trade, the Suns have acquired the No. 11 pick and forward Dario Saric from the Timberwolves for the No. 6 pick, per Wojnarowski

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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York

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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York

It's NBA Draft night! That means prospects are about to begin the most exciting time of their professional lives. It also means they're going to show up in wild, sometimes fly, sometimes ill-advised outfits on the red carpet. 

Here's a quick roundup of what everybody's rocking this year. 

Bol Bol, Oregon

Is this one of the boldest draft looks ever? Hard to top rhinestone spider webs. 

RJ Barrett, Duke

Bright pink suit, custom Canadian flag lining and spiked loafers. A whole lot of look for Barrett. 

Zion Williamson, Duke

Williamson went with a cream tuxedo without a tie. 

Cam Reddish, Duke

Reddish opted for a gold-on-black print jacket and black shirt and pants, finished off with a simple gold chain and Versace loafers. 

Ja Morant, Murray State

Not only is Morant rocking a blue-purple pinstripe suit, but also he's wearing a pocket square of his own face! This is not a drill. 

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Hachimura payed homage to his roots with his draft-night 'fit. In a burgundy and blue suit and shirt, he showed off fabrics from Japan and Benin in the lining of his jacket. 

This post will continue updating throughout the night

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