USC, who entered the weekend ranked eighth within the nation, shook off a slugging begin to blowout visiting Colorado by a closing rating of 55-17 on Friday night time.
However individuals most are speaking a few third-quarter celebration that can be arduous to neglect.
The primary quarter drew to an in depth with Colorado really main by the unusual rating of 3-2. However 24 unanswered factors from the Trojans broke the sport open, as quarterback Caleb Williams ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for an additional within the second quarter as USC started to drag away. Kicker Denis Lynch added a discipline aim as time expired because the Trojans headed to the locker room with a 26-3 halftime lead.
USC continued to drag away within the third quarter, and this landing go from Williams to large receiver Tahj Washington set the stage for a celebration to recollect:
Williams buys time within the pocket — one thing he does so nicely — earlier than discovering Washington downfield. The receiver activates the jets and blows previous the Colorado secondary for the rating.
USC despatched their discipline aim group onto the sphere for the additional level, with backup Will Rose serving because the holder. Nevertheless, that they had one thing up their sleeves:
Rose places the ball down for a second, earlier than pulling it and tucking round the correct finish for the two-point conversion. With the factors secured, that’s when Rose goes airborne, hitting the backflip in celebration.
A transfer like that wants a replay angle for positive:
Whereas Rose’s teammates beloved the celebration, the referees weren’t as enthused, because the flip drew a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
USC’s victory, nevertheless, did include a value. Late within the second quarter, senior operating again Travis Dye had his left leg get caught beneath him on a dashing try, and stayed down on the sphere in apparent ache. As teammates huddled round him, trainers positioned an air solid on his left leg earlier than taking him off the sphere on a cart:
After the sport, USC head coach Lincoln Riley indicated that he didn’t count on Dye to be again this season, whereas praising the operating again: “There’s no approach we’d be sitting right here as a soccer group if it wasn’t for him,” Riley mentioned. “He’ll be taking part in on an NFL group subsequent 12 months.”
Up subsequent for USC? The yearly rivalry recreation with UCLA. That recreation may have large implications for the Pac-12 and past, as each groups are vying for a spot within the convention championship recreation.