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GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 41, California 35

(AP Photo/John McCoy)

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Caleb Williams passed for 360 yards, rushed for a touchdown and threw two of his four scoring passes to Michael Jackson III, leading No. 9 Southern California to a 41-35 victory over California.

Tahj Washington caught seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12), whose defense allowed 28 points in the second half of a third straight subpar outing.

But Williams went 26 for 41 without a turnover and coolly kept the Trojans ahead in the fourth quarter of his second straight outstanding performance without his top two receivers, injured Jordan Addison and Mario Williams.

In his last three games, Caleb Williams has passed for 1,152 yards with 14 TDs and no interceptions to make a run into Heisman Trophy consideration.

Travis Dye also rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown in USC's 15th victory in 17 meetings with Cal (3-6, 1-5). Tight end Lake McRee caught a TD pass with 5:34 to play while the Trojans held off the Bears' late rally.

USC is off to its first 8-1 start since 2008, and the Trojans kept themselves in the race for the College Football Playoff by improving to 5-0 at the Coliseum under new coach Lincoln Riley to begin a month in which they won't travel farther than Pasadena to finish the regular season.

Jack Plummer passed for 406 yards and threw TD passes to Monroe Young, Marvin Anderson and Jeremiah Hunter for Cal, which has lost five straight and six of seven despite a stirring second-half rally.

Jaydn Ott rushed for his second touchdown with 2:31 to play, and the 2-point conversion trimmed USC's lead to 41-35. But Williams and USC's powerhouse offense barely stayed in front, with Williams rushing 15 yards for a decisive first down on a third-down keeper with 2:11 left, draining Cal's final timeout.

Ott, the Bears' star freshman running back, scored on their opening drive, while Dye scored a touchdown in the eighth consecutive game of his first season at USC to put the Trojans ahead for good early in the second quarter. Ott and Dye are both products of Norco High School in Riverside County.

Jackson had no catches in USC's first six games before seizing a bigger role. He scored on a 7-yard catch right before halftime and added a 59-yard catch-and-run TD on a screen pass early in the third quarter.

Jackson's second TD put the Trojans up 27-7, but Cal finally got rolling with Monroe's TD catch midway through the third quarter. Anderson caught a 47-yard TD pass when USC blew its coverage and left him wide open with 12:56 to play, and Cal recovered an onside kick before Hunter made a 3-yard TD catch.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears would have to run the table in their final three games to reach six victories, beating both Oregon State and UCLA in the process. That seems highly unlikely after this ugly skid, so Cal might want to focus on salvaging the most important day of the season with a win in the 125th Big Game against Stanford in two weeks.

Southern California: The Trojans' defense simply doesn't look talented enough yet to beat many elite teams, so their most likely path to a Pac-12 title or a CFP berth is to outscore everybody. That's extremely difficult, but Williams' brilliance can give the Trojans a shot in their upcoming showdowns with UCLA and Notre Dame.

November 6, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CalUSC
Cal TD 10:29 Jaydn Ott 10 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 7 0
USC TD 5:58 Caleb Williams 1 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 7 6
Second Quarter CalUSC
USC TD 11:44 Travis Dye 12 yd run (Denis Lynch kick) 7 13
USC TD 0:53 Michael Jackson III 7 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 7 20
Third Quarter CalUSC
USC TD 11:00 Michael Jackson III 59 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 7 27
Cal TD 7:27 Monroe Young 2 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto kick) 14 27
USC TD 1:18 Tahj Washington 8 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 14 34
Fourth Quarter CalUSC
Cal TD 12:56 Mavin Anderson 47 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto kick) 21 34
Cal TD 9:00 Jeremiah Hunter 3 yd pass from Jack Plummer (missed kick) 27 34
USC TD 5:34 Lake McRee 2 yd pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch kick) 27 41
Cal TD 2:31 Jaydn Ott 4 yd run (Monroe Young 2pt pass from Jack Plummer) 35 41
Team Stats
  California USC
First downs 22 24
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 14 17
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 24-63 28-155
Passing Yards 406 360
Return Yards 136 94
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-49-1 26-41-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--17 0-0
Punts 5 5
Punts-Average 41 39.6
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-35 5-36
Time of Possession 31:56 28:04
California Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plummer 35 49 406 3 1
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 26 41 360 4 0
California Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ott 14 50 3.6 2
D. Brooks 6 23 3.8 0
J. Plummer 4 -10 -2.5 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Dye 15 98 6.5 1
C. Williams 7 38 5.4 1
M. Jackson III 1 19 19.0 0
A. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
R. Brown 2 -1 -0.5 0
California Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hunter 6 102 17.0 1
M. Anderson 5 87 17.4 1
J. Ott 7 70 10.0 0
M. Young 5 66 13.2 1
J. Sturdivant 8 54 6.8 0
K. Latu 2 14 7.0 0
D. Brooks 1 7 7.0 0
D. Moore 1 6 6.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Jackson III 5 115 23.0 2
T. Washington 7 112 16.0 1
T. Bynum 7 68 9.7 0
T. Dye 2 18 9.0 0
B. Rice 2 17 8.5 0
K. Ford 1 16 16.0 0
J. Falo 1 12 12.0 0
L. McRee 1 2 2.0 1
California Interceptions
Player Int Yards
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bullock 1 12
California Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sheahan 5 205 41.0
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 5 198 39.6
California Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 2 21 10.5
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jackson III 3 16 5.3
California Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Hayes 6 115 19.2
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Brown 3 66 22.0
California Missed FG
Player Length
USC Missed FG
Player Length




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