9. The Touchdown to Darreus Rogers vs. Washington
Young quarterbacks are often over-eager, something which Darnold was guilty of at times as a freshman as well. But his touchdown to Darreus Rogers in the second quarter of USC’s upset victory over Washington showcased Darnold’s maturity beyond his years as a quarterback.
Darnold took the snap with 9:01 on the clock. He let loose the pass with 8:55 on the clock. He took six full seconds to scan the field patiently, adjusting his place in the pocket as needed, but resisting the urge to bail earlier than was necessary. Considering his ability to make plays with his legs, it’s commendable that he had the wherewithal to wait.
He kept his eyes downfield, went through his progressions and his patience paid off when Rogers came free running along the backside of the endzone. Darnold then showed off his arm, throwing a dart to complete USC’s first touchdown of the game.
The Trojans went on to win after Darnold tossed another touchdown, this time to tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, making it 24-13 in the fourth quarter. A late safety sealed the final score at 26-13.