LOS ANGELES–No. 24 USC and No. 5 Washington played a wild game on Saturday, November 4. It was a classic PAC-12 game starring two of the Nation’s premiere Quarterbacks in the Huskies Michael Penix Jr. and Trojan Caleb Williams, Washington prevailed over USC 52-42 at the Coliseum.
In a thrilling sellout, Penix was the better gunslinger over Williams. Pennix is now the front runner to win the Heisman Trophy, passing for 256 yards and two scores.
Dillon Johnson rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns, as the Huskies remain a flawless 9-0. These two high octane offenses combined to score 94 points totaling more than 1,000 yards while bouncing from one end zone to the other as if it were a video game.
USC falls to 7-3 on the season, the Trojans have dropped three of their last four games. Any hopes of capturing the PAC-12 vanished as the defense has been atrocious all season.
The Trojans Swiss cheese defense is embarrassing, the Achilles heel for USC all season. It is the primary reason SC will not be in the College Football Playoffs.
Mario Williams caught a 20-yard TD pass on an exhilarating 4th down from Caleb Williams to make it 42-42 late in the third quarter. Williams caught the pass in the corner of the end zone, the crowd was ecstatic and in disbelief over what they had just seen.
Caleb Williams had a stellar outing, passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans. Unfortunately, before the end of the first half Williams coughed up the ball deep in Trojan territory.
Washington capitalized scoring a TD with 20 seconds to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.
Raleek Brown, Darwin Barlow and Williams rushed for TDs, while Tahj Washington, Brenden Rice and Mario Williams caught scoring passes in front of a sold-out Coliseum for USC’s 100th Homecoming weekend.
Washington’s Grady Gross made a 43-yard field goal with 12:25 to play. Caleb Williams then took a long sack that put the Trojans out of field goal range on their next drive, and Washington marched 91 yards for Johnson’s fourth TD with 2:20 left.
USC gave up at least 40 points for the fifth time in its last six games.
Trojans Running Back Austin Jones ran for 127 and a touchdown, USC played without Pac-12 rushing leader MarShawn Lloyd, who sat out with a previously undisclosed injury.
Penix threw a spectacular 22-yard TD pass to Culp while running out of bounds in the second quarter. USC answered with a 95-yard drive capped by two electrifying runs from Barlow, but Johnson made an untouched 52-yard TD run moments later.
Up next for USC is a trip to Eugene, to face the 8-1 Oregon Ducks. USC will be playing the role of spoiler, as the Ducks led by QB Bo Nix are looking to win the PAC-12.