There are hits and then there is the shot Cam Rising took in the third quarter of the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday in Las Vegas.
Rising took off on a run and his momentum was lurching forward when he was hit full-on by USC’s Ralen Goforth, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker.
Rising’s helmet flew off but the Utah quarterback somehow bounced up and was ready to go.
He had to miss a play due to college football rules that say when a player loses his helmet he must sit out the next play.
There was a quick review for targeting on the play but it was found to be a clean hit.
And what a hit it was.
Another view of the hit Rising took.
The Utah lead kept, um, rising, in the fourth quarter of the Pac-12 championship as the Utes kicked a field goal at the end of the drive to go up 27-17.