USC Football's offense kills it, defense adjusts for dominant Week 5 W

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Call it how it was: USC Football's defense looked awful in the first half. They allowed 17 points to the 1-3 Sun Devils, somehow giving up 218 yards to a team without a head coach. In the second half, however, they were excellent. SC allowed just seven points in the second half, and they also only surrendered 113 yards all second half.

The offense, though, looked incredible all game long. They put up 42 points, to take the W 42-25. They racked up 485 total yards on the day, and starting QB Caleb Williams was on fire from start to finish. Williams completed 27 passes out of 37 attempts, and for 348 yards. Averaging 9.4 yards per pass attempt, he also averaged 5.5 yards per rush attempt on eight carries for 44 rushing yards.

He was terrific, and so were many players on the offense. Travis Dye ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and he caught a couple of passes for 11 yards. Raleek Brown had six carries for 27 yards. Both Jordan Addison and Brenden Rice showed out; as Addison caught eight passes for 105 yards and Rice had three catches for 72 yards.

USC Football's offensive line, however, was awful.

USC Football's offensive line had Williams under duress the entire game. He routinely made acrobatic plays to avoid sacks, however, making the line look much better than they actually were. He even threw a jump pass while in the end zone...The amount of ankles Williams broke throughout the game was insane, and he really put the whole team on his back for MUCH of the contest.

Again, though, he luckily did have receivers doing their part. Mario Williams had a touchdown catch, and five catches for 50 yards on the day. Kyron Ware-Hudson also had a score within his three catches for 46 yards. The receivers helped Caleb and his four touchdowns (three passing) steal the show.

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USC will likely not move up in the AP Poll this week, and will likely stay put at No. 6 due to nobody ahead of them losing and them also not blowing the doors off of an awful ASU team. Winning by 17, though, they did get right after a close battle against Oregon State last week. They'll be favorites yet again next week at home against 4-1 Washington State.