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Caleb Williams Leads No. 10 USC Football's Prolific Offense In 41-28 Win At Stanford

Sep 10, 2022

Caleb Williams led No. 10 USC Football's explosive offense that scored five first-half touchdowns as the Trojans defeated rival Stanford, 41-21, in Palo Alto on Saturday.

It was USC's first win over the Cardinal (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) in Stanford Stadium since 2014. The victory also gave new Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley his first conference win with USC.

USC's offense finished with 505 total yards. The Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) did not see a third down until the final minute of the second half.

Williams, the sophomore captain who transferred from Oklahoma in February, finished with 341 yards on 20-of-27 passing with four touchdowns.

Jordan Addison, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner who transferred from Pittsburgh in the offseason, finished with 172 receiving yards on seven catches with two touchdowns. Travis Dye, an Oregon transfer, rushed for 105 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

The Trojan defense meanwhile had two interceptions and two fumbles, forcing eight turnovers over its last two games. USC also finished with five sacks, including two from Wyoming transfer Solomon Byrd.

The day started with Max Williams recording an interception on Stanford's opening drive that led to Lake McRee's 5-yard touchdown reception from Caleb Williams. After Mekhi Blackmon's goal-line interception nixed a long series from the Cardinal, Addison scored on a 22-yard strike from Williams.

Stanford got its first points of the game from E.J. Smith's 3-yard catch late in the first quarter, but Williams immediately responded 11 seconds later with a 75-yard touchdown to Addison.

USC's scoring continued with two big catches by Mario Williams that led to his first touchdown of the season that gave USC a three-score lead.

Smith rushed into endzone for the Cardinal midway into the second quarter, but USC got back on track with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Dye's 27-yard touchdown for the final points of the first half.

The Trojan offense steadied in the second half while maintaining their lead. Denis Lynch converted a 45-yard field goal early in the third quarter and nailed a 42-yarder after Tuli Tuipulotu forced a fumble that Jacobe Covington recovered.

Stanford scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to bring the Cardinal back into the game.

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee finished with 220 yards on 20-of-35 passing with a touchdown. Smith rushed for 88 yards and 19 carries with two overall touchdowns.

USC returns to United Airlines Field at L.A. Memorial Coliseum when it hosts Mountain West foe Fresno State (7:30 p.m. PT/FOX). Tickets to the game start at $60.