Morgan did not touch the ball again, finishing with eight carries for 27 yards.
"I was planning on getting back in. I was hoping I would, but I already knew if I didn't not to be too shocked," said Morgan, who started for the second consecutive game.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin showed last season that he was a stickler for ball security, benching running backs on several occasions for putting the ball on the ground.
That the Utes drove down and scored on the ensuing possession sealed Morgan's fate.
While his mistake opened the door for the triumphant return of redshirt senior Marc Tyler from suspension – Tyler finished with 113 yards rushing on 24 carries with a six-yard touchdown – Morgan is already looking forward to regaining his spot next week in practice.
"24 hours, I'm going to feel bad tomorrow, but then I can't feel bad anymore," he said. I just got to go on to the next day, the next play, the next game."
Wynn Some, Lose Some
Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn nearly lived out a childhood dream.
The junior quarterback, who grew up in Oceanside (Calif.) just a few hours down the I-5 from the Coliseum, came up just short of directing a game-tying drive in the legendary stadium when kicker Coleman Petersen's 41-yard field goal was blocked.
"This is something you live for growing up," said Wynn, who completed 23 of 46 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. "End of the game, fourth quarter, driving in the Coliseum to win the game. We just couldn't finish it."
Kiffin was especially impressed by Wynn, the third-year starter who did not participate in spring practice and was limited during fall camp by offseason surgery in his throwing shoulder while offensive coordinator Norm Chow installed his pro-style offense, but insinuated that Wynn is still not completely healthy.
"Give him credit now, he played a lot better this week than he did a week ago," Kiffin said. "I think you can see he is hurt. He is playing through an injury. He doesn't look like the guy (he was) a year ago."
Kiffin said he did not know the exact nature of Coleman's injury.
Quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 264 yards but lost one rushing, moving past John David Booty to move into sixth place among Trojans for career total offense with 6,038 yards.
Booty, who led the Trojans to Rose Bowl wins in 2006 and 2007, accounted for 5,945 yards in his college career.
With 19 more completions, Barkley will also move past Booty for fifth place among USC career passing leaders.
94-year old Louis Zamperini, a distance runner at USC and World War II prisoner of war whose story will be the subject of an upcoming feature film, was honored as part of a yearlong celebration of the school's Olympic heritage.