PASADENA, Calif. — — Caleb Williams bolstered Southern California’s push for a potential spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff with the most important recreation of his profession in opposition to the Trojans’ arch-rival.
He additionally might need to ebook a visit to New York subsequent month as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Williams had 503 yards of complete offense and accounted for 3 touchdowns Saturday evening and the seventh-ranked Trojans beat No. 16 UCLA 48-45 on Saturday evening to succeed in the Pac-12 Championship recreation.
“When you instructed me final yr the place we would be now, I would name you a lifeless liar,” vast receiver Kyle Ford stated.
The Trojans (10-1, 8-1) obtained their first win of the season over a ranked crew. They may wait to see who their opponent can be on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas for the crown convention.
“It is clearly very, very significant,” USC coach Lincoln Riley stated. “With all that was driving on it on high of that, it was a clutch efficiency by our soccer crew to get it executed.”
Williams accomplished 32 of 43 passes for 470 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The sophomore additionally rushed for 33 yards and a rating. It was the second-most passing yards by a USC quarterback in 92 editions of the Crosstown Showdown.
“I’ve performed in like two different video games which might be rivalries, and I went into this recreation anticipating the identical factor. You have to do your job, and do your job at a excessive degree and hold taking part in, hold swinging,” Riley stated.
Within the first matchup the place each LA faculties have been led by a Black quarterback, Williams outdueled UCLA counterpart Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
The fifth-year senior accounted for all six Bruins’ touchdowns and 384 yards of complete offense, but in addition had 4 turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) that the Trojans transformed into 10 factors.
“Clearly, I really feel disappointment, plenty of it on myself,” Thompson-Robinson stated. “On the quarterback place, cannot have (4) turnovers and win the sport, it is simply not acceptable.”
The Trojans had a season-high 648 yards of complete offense. Williams accomplished passes to 9 gamers, however his favourite goal was Jordan Addison, who had 11 receptions for 178 yards and a landing.
Williams efficiency was the most recent in a string of nice video games that has vaulted him into Heisman Trophy consideration. In his final 5 video games, Williams has 2,027 yards of complete offense and has accounted for 23 touchdowns.
“We performed in opposition to pretty much as good a quarterback as I’ve confronted in my school profession, watching what Caleb did tonight, so I might give Caleb plenty of credit score and say he is a heck of a quarterback,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly stated.
USC fell behind 14-0 earlier than rallying. The Trojans scored on eight of 9 drives, together with 5 straight, after developing empty on their first three possessions.
UCLA (8-3, 5-3) obtained the ball with 2:21 remaining after forcing USC to punt with an opportunity to win or pressure extra time. The Bruins obtained to midfield however their hopes of a comeback evaporated when Thompson-Robinson was picked off by Korey Foreman at midfield with 1:26 remaining.
Thompson-Robinson was 23 of 38 for 309 yards and handed for 4 touchdowns. He additionally rushed for 75 yards and two scores.
After Jones’ 8-yard run introduced the Trojans inside 21-17, UCLA obtained the ball and was seeking to get one final rating earlier than halftime—together with getting the ball at first of the second half.
Issues did not go in line with plan.
Thompson-Robinson was picked off twice over the ultimate 1:42 of the primary half. USC was capable of convert on the second interception as Denis Lynch related from 49 yards to get the Trojans inside 21-20 at halftime.
Nicholas Barr-Mira’s 46-yard discipline objective on the opening drive of the second half prolonged the Bruins’ result in 4 earlier than Williams related with Addison for a 35-yard TD to place the Trojans on high 27-24.
USC’s protection got here up with its third turnover halfway by means of the third quarter when Tyrone Taleni sacked Thompson-Robinson and compelled a fumble, which was recovered by Latrell McCutchin on the UCLA 9. Two performs later, Jones scored up the center from 2 yards to increase the Trojans’ result in double digits.
USC: There have been some issues after Travis Dye’s season-ending harm final week that the Trojans would wrestle within the working recreation. However Austin Jones picked up the slack with a season-high 120 yards and two TDs.
UCLA: The Bruins’ protection has had points the previous two weeks, particularly with stopping an opponent’s passing recreation. They allowed 4 completions of at the very least 35 yards.
The Trojans may make a bid for the highest 5 after this win, whereas the Bruins will attempt to grasp on being ranked.
USC: Hosts No. 18 Notre Dame subsequent Saturday.
UCLA: Travels to California on Friday.
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