But nothing was a bigger worry than injuries. It’s true the Utes have had more than their share of takedowns, including starters such as Jake Murphy, Brian Blechen, Kenneth Scott and, last week, Wilson, whose hand has received nearly as much publicity as O.J. Simpson’s famous gloved hand in 1994.
Yet Utah’s injury problems were average compared to USC, which came into the game looking like extras in “The Walking Dead.” The Trojans used only 48 scholarship players against Notre Dame last week. Chief among the missing, All-America receiver Marqise Lee, who didn’t play on Saturday either.
Among other no-shows were tailback Justin Davis, the team’s second-leading rusher, starting tight end Randall Telfer, and backups Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Xavier Grimble. Starting linebacker Lamar Dawson, running back Taylor Ross and offensive lineman Jordan Simmons have all been felled by season-ending injuries they sustained in practice.
Seems the Trojans can’t stay off the stretcher even when playing against themselves.
All of which lent an air of vulnerability to the Men of Troy.
But it was Utah they were playing.
And it has been 97 years.
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