USC Football QB Caleb Williams was going to have to have a Superman-level performance if the Trojans wanted to beat UCLA this week. It's not ideal to put that type of pressure on one player, but with how bad SC's defense has been oftentimes this season, it was the only fool-proof plan for USC to get the W against a top 16 Bruins team.
And the best part, is that Williams was capable of a performance like that. Everyone knew he was. He was entering the game averaging 10.4 adjusted passing yards per attempt, and posting a 31:2 TD:INT ratio. He also added on six rushing touchdowns to that. He's been Superman all season. Why would it stop this week?
Sure enough, it didn't. Williams was tasked with picking up a defense that gave up 45 points on the night. Williams miraculously responded by leading his offense to 48 points. Williams completed 32 passes out of 43 attempts for 470(!) passing yards. Even better, he added on eight carries for 33 rushing yards. This amounted to 502 total yards, which was the most in USC-UCLA series history.
He was dominant. He was electric. He was clutch. He put the team on his back. He also scored three touchdowns (two passing) on the night, doing it all for USC without his RB1. He cemented his status as the best QB in L.A., and the best player in the entire country. He's now got this team at 10-1 on the season, after he inherited a 4-8 team this offseason.
USC Football QB Caleb Williams is clearly the most valuable player both to his team and to college football.
This is also now the second ranked win that USC Football QB Caleb Williams has. He out-performed UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson in what may go down as the greatest USC-UCLA game in history. Overcoming a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter, Williams battled through a poor defensive showing from his team and a poor showing on special teams from his squad.
He's now all the way up to nine passing yards per pass attempt, and a 33:3 TD:INT ratio. Remember he also has seven rushing touchdowns to add to that. He's also up to 316 yards on the ground as well. He's everything for this team. This performance also clinched a trip to the PAC-12 Championship Game as well, where he'll have the chance to add to his already stacked Heisman Trophy resume.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that SC truly is in this position just one year into a new era. Then, you watch Williams play on Saturdays and realize exactly why USC is in this position just one year into a new era.
Williams' historic performance in this epic edition of the USC-UCLA rivalry makes for the 50th win in rivalry history. The victory bell is now painted cardinal, as the Trojans advance to a dominant 50-33-7 all-time record in series history.