Cameron Rising tried to put Utah on his back a week ago and came up just short. The Utah quarterback needed a yard on fourth down with less than a minute to play Saturday against No. 7 USC and he would not come up short again.

Rising punched in a fourth-down run from the USC 1-yard-line with 48 seconds to play to give Utah six points and draw the Utes within a single point of tying the game.

It gave coach Kyle Whittingham a choice. Kick the PAT — knowing Utah had missed a field goal earlier in the game — and tie the game, putting it in the hands of your defense to finally come up with a stop? Or do you roll with your offense from 3 yards away, play for the win, and live with the result?

Whittingham put his trust in Rising.

Rising delivered.

USC got the ball with 39 seconds to play in the game and had a chance to drive for a potential game-winning field goal. The possession began with a hold that wiped away a return that would have put the Trojans at midfield, then a false start set the Trojans back to first-and-15.

They couldn’t move within field goal range and Utah handed the Trojans their first loss of the new season.

Rising finished 29-for-43 for 415 yards and two passing scores to go with 60 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. It was enough to give Utah a 43-42 win.