USC Football QB Caleb Williams has a significant cut on his throwing hand against the Utah Utes in the PAC-12 Championship Game. This is going to be something crucial to monitor throughout the rest of the game. Again, it's no small cut:
Williams appeared to suffer this cut on the second drive of the game. It did not affect his play, as Williams ended up finishing that drive with a touchdown pass anyway, but he headed to the medical tent after:
He came out for the next drive as well, and played very well again. The drive led to a field goal to put the Trojans up 17-3. Again, this is no minor cut, but it has not affected him on the field. Williams is 10 of 16 right now for 131 passing yards, and has thrown two touchdown passes with no turnovers. He has also rushed the ball four times for 76 rushing yards.
The ONLY sign anyone can even try to point to in suggesting that the cut has affected him so far is that a couple of his throws were low. However, each play was a completion, and he followed up each toss with an on-target throw right after. The cut really doesn't seem to be bothering him.
Caleb Williams did not have a successful drive on USC Football's fourth drive of the game.
That being said, Utah played good defense on that USC Football drive, and it likely wasn't Caleb Williams' hand that was the problem. They were closing in on receivers very well at the end of the last drive, and they're a great D. They've allowed just 20.1 points per game this season. That's No. 19 in the entire nation. They were sure to get a stop at some point.
Williams will have plenty of time to stop the bleeding here, and in seven game minutes will have an entire halftime period to work that out. It's hard to not expect Williams to finish this game in heroic fashion, as he comes in as the Heisman front-runner, most notably scoring 44 touchdowns (34 passing) to just three total turnovers.