The other is an offense that is couldn't move the football enough to score one touchdown, the first time that's happened to a Utah team since 2010.
The Utah D is a delight to watch, the troops under defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake flying around the football like ghosts of former defensive coordinator Gary Andersen.
That team, Sitake's team, allowed the USC Trojan offense just one touchdown, a 30-yard pass from Cody Kessler to Nelson Agholor, a strange play which encapsulated an even more bizarre afternoon in sunny Los Angeles.
The Trojans passed for just 230 yards -- and got just 30 on the ground. Yes, even with players like Silas Redd -- who migrated West during the Joe Paterno purging of Penn State -- and other blue chippers, USC could not find a way to tote the rock. Not that it mattered.
And the other team, that Utah team, had no offense. None. Nothing to speak of and for.
Even quarterback Travis Wilson couldn't explain why his offense couldn't move the football against USC. We all knew the Trojans had a great defense; we watched USC destroy Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton earlier this season.
What we didn't know was how dominant the Trojans D has become under new head coach Ed Orgeron and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
Wilson had just 51 yards passing on 5 completions in 14 attempts. And while his hand was an issue, he refused to point to his sprained hand as a factor in the loss.
"I'd say it was probably 80%, it's still bugging me a little bit, but it's not an excuse," said Wilson. "I should've still made the throws I needed to."
The only throws of note that Wilson made were in the direction of the other team, or USC. Both were interceptions that the Trojans converted into points within the first 20 minutes.
Wilson was again yanked in favor of backup Adam Schulz but the result was simply more of the same; too much USC pressure from its front seven resulted in less time, bad reads and even worse decisions, which resulted in turnovers.
Quarterback play wasn't the only issue for the Utes; for the second week in a row Utah couldn't run the football either.
The Utes ran for just 71 total yards in the loss. The frightening part about that number? Wilson had the most yards of any Ute, with 42.
But the main bugaboo for Utah on this day was that it couldn't find the end zone.
"It's really frustrating. Our offense worked super hard throughout the whole week and to not score is a huge let down. It's something we have to get corrected," said Wilson.
USC's victory was part circus act watching wide receiver Nelson Agholor tightrope, then somersault into the end zone for the Trojans' only touchdown.
The other was observing USC's severely limited roster find ways to win with walk-ons, water boys and a converted offensive lineman to tight end. And it was part perfection, because no matter what Utah threw at Kessler he didn't throw one interception.
Even though the Utes at times sent nine guys into the box and blitzed Kessler to the point of sheer exhaustion the only thing he would do was fall on the football and take a sack.
Kessler did this five times during the game yet he never fumbled the football, and most importantly, he didn't throw an interception.
So how could USC play such a boring game yet win going away? Let's count the ways...
Utah's quarterbacks spent Saturday afternoon running for their lives, absorbing six sacks that seemed to squeeze the life and breath out of first Travis Wilson, then Adam Schulz. No matter what the Utes tried to do to against the Trojan defense it didn't work, not even a bit.
Wilson played with a sprained hand that he estimated was 80 percent healed but of course nobody actually saw his hand, which was cleverly bandaged and wrapped in a special red Under Armour glove.
From the looks of Wilson's throws the glove made matters worse; most of his tosses were yards off target and his slants -- which are typically snagged by his receivers in stride -- were so off the mark that it was embarrassing.
His replacement, Adam Schulz, wasn't much better. Without having the luxury of Wilson's mobility Schulz was literally a stationary target for USC's blitzing front seven.
To Schulz' credit he stood in the pocket and took some hits but every pressure or hurry seemed to throw off his timing too, and so he was limited to just 79 yards passing on 7-for-17.
Neither QB threw a touchdown, and neither had a pass completed that was longer than 30 yards.
"I want to credit USC's defense. That's a good defense and we knew that. They knew what they were doing and were executing," said Schulz.
USC's unit has been decimated by injuries to the point where on an already depleted roster due to scholarship reductions, the Trojans have had to start freshmen, water boys and walk-ons by the dozen.
It mattered not in how USC played. Utah could neither throw nor could it run on the Trojan defense.
And to make matters worse, the Utes struggled against a USC unit missing two of its lauded front seven -- and starting safety Dion Bailey, to name a few.
Bailey did play in the second half after sitting out the first -- and the senior captain was mostly a non-factor if not for the boost he provided to the Trojans. But freshmen Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III certainly made their marks, getting an interception each.
Above all, it was a sack party and USC's front seven were all invited, albeit a D-line and linebacking corps that was reeling from injuries.
Cravens and McQuay were just two newcomers who had big days at the expense of the Utes; junior backup DE J.R. Tavai had two sacks and redshirt sophomore Antwaun Woods had one -- to go with the always reliable Leonard Williams who had 1.5 sacks and is a shoo-in 1st round NFL Draft pick.
The game always seems to boil down to where you start and finish drives, and this game between Utah and USC was hardly any different.
In the first quarter -- which is the only quarter in which the Utes scored points -- Utah outpossessed USC by 9:04 to 5:51.
After that, however, Utah lost the time of possession battle in the second and third quarters. By the fourth quarter Utah had nothing left in the tank to throw at the Trojans, in large part to an eight-minute advantage USC enjoyed in time of possession in the third.
But, it was the field position advantage that was the killer. In a second quarter in which USC scored 16 of its 19 points the Trojans started each possession, on average, at the Utah 41-yard line.
USC may have had its best field position in the third, but it couldn't do anything once it got inside Utah territory. The Utes tried, in vain, to get into scoring position, but those times went all for naught, too.
Utah kicker Andy Phillips hit his first field goal attempt on the Utes first drive. It would turn out to be the only points Utah would score the entire game.
That has to be frustrating for Phillips, who had just one other scoring opportunity the rest of the game, in the third quarter.
And predictably, the kick sailed left of the uprights allowing USC to retain its 16-point lead. Phillips has to be frustrated at this point; he's missed three critical field goals in the past two weeks after making 12 in a row to start the season.
Even with the three missed kicks against Arizona and USC you have to feel badly for the former U.S. Ski Team downhiller. He started out the season so well that he was named a mid-season All-America selection.
As for USC kicker Andre Heidari, interim head coach Ed Orgeron made his issues with him public: he announced earlier this week that the kicking position was open.
"We were ready to put in another kicker if we needed too, but he did great. I think it was more about a mindset and competition," said Orgeron.
That move by USC's interim head coach seemed to spark Heidari, who hit four of five field goal tries on Saturday.
Now. it's anyone's guess how the rest of the season will turn out for Phillips but one thing is for sure, and it's like Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham always says: The game of college football always seems to come down to one thing.
The difference in this game was quite simple. Utah committed four turnovers and USC? Well, the Trojans had none.
Four of the five possessions in which USC scored came off of those turnovers.
Wilson's interception led to the only USC touchdown; the only Utah fumble that it lost then resulted in a USC field goal.
By the early minutes of the first quarter, Utah's mistakes had given USC a 10-0 lead.
And the Utes weren't done there.
In the first half, when the Trojans started drives in their own end, they simply did not score. But, since Utah committed all four turnovers in the first 30 minutes in its own end of the field it gave USC excellent field position -- and 16 of the Trojans' 19 points.
"Really the key to our game was, as it's been in most of our losses, was turnovers. It's tough to overcome. Not impossible, but tough, said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. "We have to do some soul searching offensively and figure out the deficiencies and get them corrected. We have no throwing game and the running game wasn't a whole lot better. We have to get rid of the turnovers because that's hurting us. The bottom line is if we play offense like that, it's hard to win games."
Utah now has two weeks to prepare for Arizona State and will look to find answers for its inept offense during its bye week.