Caleb Williams threw for 470 yards and three touchdowns as No. 7 USC defeated No. 16 UCLA on Saturday night, putting the Trojans in contention for the Pac-12 Championship.
In the fourth quarter, Williams threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Ford, and Darwin Barlow’s 6-yard run later in the frame helped the team extend and maintain its lead. The game was won by USC 48-45.
Williams completed 32 of 43 passes for 470 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He gained 33 yards on eight carries and scored a rushing touchdown. Jordan Addison, who had 11 catches for 178 yards, scored his other touchdown.
Speaking after the match Ford said, “If you told me last year where we’d be now, I’d call you a dead liar.”
USC (now 10-1, 8-1) won their first game of the season against a ranked opponent, boosting their College Football Playoff resume and putting them in contention for the conference title. Williams may also be summoned to NYC for the Heisman Trophy event.
Talking about the victory, Riley said, “It’s obviously very, very meaningful. With all that was riding on it on top of that, it was a clutch performance by our football team to get it done.”
Dorian Thompson-Robinson of UCLA scored six touchdowns in total. He completed 23 of 38 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He gained 81 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Thompson-Robinson also had three interceptions.
“Obviously, I feel disappointment, a lot of it on myself. At the quarterback position, can’t have (four) turnovers and win the game, it’s just not acceptable,” he said.
USC was down 14-0 early in the game, but they began their comeback early. After going scoreless on their first three series, USC scored on eight of nine drives, including five straight.