Bryson Barnes grabs Player of the Week honor from Pac-12 after leading Utah to win over USC
Bryson Barnes is the Offensive Player of the Week in the Pac-12 after helping the Utes to a 34-32 win over USC on the road.
Barnes was one of four Utah players who were honored by the conference with a weekly award following the huge victory in Los Angeles. Kicker Cole Becker was named Special Teams Player of the Week, defensive end Van Fillinger grabbed Defensive Line Player of the Week, and right tackle Sataoa Laumea picked up Offensive Line Player of the Week.
With Utah trailing 32-31 and 1:46 remaining in regulation, Barnes engineered an 11-play, 54-yard drive that set up Becker’s game-winning field goal as time expired. Becker went 6-for-6 on his kicks in the game, with four PATs and a pair of 30-yard field goals in the fourth quarter.
Barnes was special.
Filling in for quarterback Cameron Rising this year, Barnes has been a starter, he has been bemoaned, he has been benched, and he has been reinserted back into the action. Against USC, he had his best performance.
On that final drive, Barnes had two completions for nine yards and a pair of rushing attempts for 13 and 26 yards that helped put Utah in position to kick the game-winner.
Barnes finished the game with a career-best 235 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. He also ran for a season-high 57 yards and added a fourth touchdown on the ground.
“They’ve got a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, so they’re gonna make some things, and that’s just the way it is,” coach Kyle Whittingham said after the game. “But we’ve got ourselves a pig farmer at quarterback, so we’re proud of that guy, too.”