UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (DTR) made headlines this week when discussing how he claimed he would play against the USC Football program. Last year, he beat USC 62-33, in a year where USC punted on the season after Week 2 to make sure they'd be able to hire Lincoln Riley for this year.
"We want to be even better," said Thompson-Robinson to Bruin Report Online. "We want to break 60 and all that stuff. We want to improve on all we've done this year. ... When we see each other face to face, there will be some words and actions. I promise."
And, it looked like Thompson-Robinson was up to something in the first quarter, as he and his Bruins stormed out to a 14-0 lead. USC made it clear that they were not focused on what DTR had to say during the week, but they certainly looked like it ever since that first quarter ended. They were forcing turnovers left and right from DTR.
DTR was wildly inaccurate all night. He only completed 23 passes out of 38, and threw TWO interceptions just before half. That 14-0 lead after the first quarter quickly dimished to a one-point, 21-20 lead for the Bruins at half.
Then, DTR had a THIRD turnover in the third quarter which set up a Trojan touchdown in USC's red zone to set up a touchdown that gave SC their biggest lead of the game; by a score of 34-24. After a back-and-forth of offensive explosions after that, too, UCLA had the ball back at their 11 with 2:27 left in the game to overcome the 48-45 late-game deficit they were facing.
USC Football Rush End Korey Foreman called game on a game-winning interception off of Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed the collapse with a ball that was intercepted by USC Football Rush End Korey Foreman with 1:26 left in the game. From there, USC star QB Caleb Williams ran for a beautiful first down to set up victory formation for the Trojans.
Foreman, 247Sports' No. 1 player in the country coming out of the 2021 recruiting cycle, has been heavily criticized for what many have seen as underperformance in these first two college seasons he's played in.
It'll be hard for anyone to say anything about him, however, after he picked off the game-winner. After everyone doubted him, and now has to pay for their ignorance. After everyone said USC couldn't win this game because their defense wouldn't be able to get a game-winning stop. Instead, the most scrutinized player on the team proved all these delusional critics wrong.