PASADENA, Calif. — — Caleb Williams bolstered Southern California’s push for a potential spot within the College Football Playoff with the most important sport of his profession in opposition to the Trojans’ arch-rival.
He additionally may 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 night time and the seventh-ranked Trojans beat No. 16 UCLA 48-45 on Saturday night time to achieve the Pac-12 Championship sport.
“If you informed me final 12 months the place we would be now, I’d name you a lifeless liar,” vast receiver Kyle Ford stated.
The Trojans (10-1, 8-1) received their first win of the season over a ranked staff. They will wait to see who their opponent can be on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas for the convention crown.
“It’s clearly very, very significant,” USC coach Lincoln Riley stated. “With all that was driving on it on prime of that, it was a clutch efficiency by our soccer staff 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 can be rivalries, and I went into this sport anticipating the identical factor. You’ve received to do your job, and do your job at a excessive stage and hold taking part in, hold swinging,” Riley stated.
In the primary matchup the place each LA colleges have been led by a Black quarterback, Williams outdueled UCLA counterpart Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
The fifth-12 months senior accounted for all six Bruins’ touchdowns and 384 yards of complete offense, but additionally had 4 turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) that the Trojans transformed into 10 factors.
“Obviously, I really feel disappointment, a whole lot of it on myself,” Thompson-Robinson stated. “At the quarterback place, cannot have (4) turnovers and win the sport, it is simply not acceptable.”
The Trojans had a season-excessive 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 newest in a string of nice video games that 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 nearly as good a quarterback as I’ve confronted in my faculty profession, watching what Caleb did tonight, so I’d give Caleb a whole lot 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 arising empty on their first three possessions.
UCLA (8-3, 5-3) received the ball with 2:21 remaining after forcing USC to punt with an opportunity to win or power time beyond regulation. The Bruins received 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 received the ball and was seeking to get one final rating earlier than halftime — together with getting the ball in the beginning of the second half.
Things did not go in accordance with plan.
Thompson-Robinson was picked off twice over the ultimate 1:42 of the primary half. USC was in a position to 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 aim 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 prime 27-24.
USC’s protection got here up with its third turnover halfway via 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 considerations after Travis Dye’s season-ending harm final week that the Trojans would wrestle within the working sport. But Austin Jones picked up the slack with a season-excessive 120 yards and two TDs.
UCLA: The Bruins’ protection has had points the previous two weeks, particularly with stopping an opponent’s passing sport. They allowed 4 completions of not less than 35 yards.
The Trojans might make a bid for the highest 5 after this win, whereas the Bruins will attempt to hold on being ranked.
USC: Hosts No. 18 Notre Dame subsequent Saturday.
UCLA: Travels to California on Friday.
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