It was a struggle for Caleb Williams and Jordan Addison all night for USC football during the first 58 minutes and 47 seconds of Saturday's game against Oregon State. Addison only had three catches for 21 yards, and Williams completed just 16 passes out of 36 for 180 yards. Neither had scored a touchdown.
The offense as a whole was down, and had only scored 10 points all night despite the defense forcing three interceptions at the time. They connected on a monster play when it mattered, though, with the two finding each other on a 21-yard touchdown catch to take a 17-14 lead with 1:07 left in the contest.
After that, the game was over. The defense was in prime position to get the job done, and they did in forcing their fourth(!) INT of the game. At that point, SC just had to kneel it once and win the game. It went to show that even in a night where Williams didn't have it, and the opposing defense was FEASTING all night (because they were), SC's offense is still good enough to win football games.
USC football's offense didn't have it for most of the night, but had it when they needed it.
Outside of USC Football RB1 Travis Dye running wild for 133 yards and a score on 19 carries, the Trojans had nothing going on offense leading into that last drive. Tahj Washington finished the day with six catches for 67 yards, but he was the only receiver getting open...until Addison broke free for that massive touchdown.
Again, there were always going to be days when SC's offense didn't look like itself. It happens to the best of the best. Teams prove their worth the most, however, when adversity hits. Adversity certainly hit, and SC certainly responded perfectly with that game-winning drive. Credit to the guys for keeping their composure.
Everything looked different on that last drive. The offensive line finally picked it up, and even literally picked up Williams and drove him past the first down marker for a two-point conversion. The running game was alive when it was needed, and Addison had a couple of catches. The play-calling was special from Lincoln Riley.
Coming into this game, USC was averaging 50.7 points per game. That was sixth in the country. They may not have lit up the scoreboard again this time, but they made the game-winning plays when they needed to. Even USC's worst offense hits game-winners. Even USC's worst offense is good enough to win road thrillers with their two very best players, even if those two had been bottled up all night.