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GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 55, Colorado 17

(AP Photo/John McCoy)

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Caleb Williams passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores, and No. 8 Southern California overcame an apparently serious injury to top running back Travis Dye in a 55-17 victory over Colorado.

Williams accounted for five total touchdowns in his fourth consecutive outstanding game for the Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12), who warmed up for season-defining games against No. 9 UCLA and No. 20 Notre Dame in the next two weeks with a slow start followed by a blowout victory over the Buffaloes (1-9, 1-6).

Former Colorado receiver Brenden Rice had 70 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Trojans, while Tahj Washington and Austin Jones caught TD passes from Williams in the third quarter. Jones threw up a 2 and a 6 after his score to honor the jersey number of Dye, the Pac-12's second-leading rusher with 884 yards.

Dye left the field on a cart with an air cast on his left leg after getting tackled awkwardly in the second quarter. The Oregon transfer and Los Angeles-area native has been a key component of the Trojans' immediate transformation from a four-win program to a College Football Playoff contender.

Dye's teammates all gathered around the cart in support before it left the field, and Dye flashed USC's signature V for Victory to his cheering fans. Dye then watched the second half from the sideline on crutches while the Trojans scored at least 41 points for the fourth consecutive game with a prolific offense led by Williams, who had another standout game despite throwing only his second interception of the season.

Alex Fontenot rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Buffaloes, who have yielded 188 points during their four-game losing streak under interim head coach Mike Sanford.

J.T. Shrout passed for 124 yards and rushed for a late TD while Colorado fell to 0-16 against USC in a series that began in 1927 and includes 11 straight Pac-12 losses for the Buffs.

USC's defense had its best game in a month, with Tuli Tuipulotu recording 2 1/2 sacks to increase in FBS-leading total to 11 1/2, but the Trojans actually trailed 3-2 after an ugly first quarter.

USC's second drive ended when Williams' underthrown long pass was wrestled away from Rice by Nikko Reed, but USC's defense scored the game's first points on a safety moments later when Tuipulotu pressured Shrout into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone.

Williams quickly took control, and he excelled even with a third straight week of minimal help from his top two receivers. Jordan Addison made only one reception in limited action during the Biletnikoff Award winner's return from a two-game injury absence, but receiver Mario Williams missed his third straight game with an injury.

THE TAKEAWAY

Colorado: The Buffs' first quarter will look good on film when interim coach Mike Sanford tells them they've got a chance to win one of their final two games. This lost season is a motivational challenge, but Sanford's team clearly is still playing hard with what it has.

USC: Dye's absence is a blow to the Trojans' leadership and heart, but they've got talented backups in Jones and Raleek Brown, who had a 25-yard TD catch from Miller Moss in the fourth quarter. USC's defensive play almost certainly will determine where the Trojans finish this regular season.

November 11, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ColoUSC
USC SF 7:24 Tyrone Taleni Safety 0 2
Colo FG 1:24 Cole Becker 28 yard field goal 3 2
Second Quarter ColoUSC
USC TD 10:09 Caleb Williams 2 yard TD run (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 3 9
USC TD 7:55 Caleb Williams 4 yard TD run (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 3 16
USC TD 1:58 Brenden Rice 32 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 3 23
USC FG 0:00 Denis Lynch 34 yard field goal 3 26
Third Quarter ColoUSC
Colo TD 5:49 Alex Fontenot 3 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 10 26
USC TD 4:50 Tahj Washington 61 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Will Rose 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 10 34
USC TD 0:27 Austin Jones 12 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 10 41
Fourth Quarter ColoUSC
USC TD 11:34 Raleek Brown 25 yard TD pass from Miller Moss (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 10 48
Colo TD 7:22 J.T. Shrout 8 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 17 48
USC TD 0:36 Darwin Barlow 3 yard TD run (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 17 55
Team Stats
  Colorado USC
First downs 15 28
  Rushing 7 13
  Passing 7 13
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 9-12, 75%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 35-135 41-185
Passing Yards 124 346
Return Yards 134 133
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-21-1 20-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-24 3-21
Punts 5 2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 8-70 8-81
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Shrout 11 21 124 0 1
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 14 26 268 3 1
M. Moss 6 7 78 1 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Fontenot 20 108 5.4 1
A. Hankerson 5 21 4.2 0
J. Shrout 9 4 0.4 1
J. Hestera 1 2 2.0 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Jones 11 74 6.7 0
R. Brown 7 52 7.4 0
D. Barlow 5 41 8.2 1
T. Dye 9 26 2.9 0
M. Moss 1 -4 -4.0 0
C. Williams 8 -4 -0.5 2
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hestera 3 39 13.0 0
R. Sneed II 3 27 9.0 0
B. Russell 2 22 11.0 0
A. Fontenot 1 16 16.0 0
C. Penry 1 14 14.0 0
M. Lemonious-Craig 1 6 6.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Ford 3 73 24.3 0
B. Rice 3 70 23.3 1
T. Washington 2 66 33.0 1
A. Jones 4 39 9.8 1
R. Brown 2 38 19.0 1
D. Barlow 2 31 15.5 0
L. McRee 1 18 18.0 0
C. Williams 2 9 4.5 0
J. Addison 1 2 2.0 0
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Reed 1 0
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bullock 1 -1
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Carrizosa 5 196 39.2
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 2 86 43.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Penry 1 5 5.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Jackson III 4 19 4.8
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Reed 5 110 22.0
M. Bell 1 19 19.0
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Brown 3 94 31.3
T. Washington 1 21 21.0
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length
USC Missed FG
Player Length




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