GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 66, Rice 14

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Caleb Williams passed for 249 yards, rushed for 68 more and hit Jordan Addison for two touchdowns, and coach Lincoln Riley's tenure at No. 14 Southern California got off to a roaring start with a 66-14 victory over Rice.

Calen Bullock, Shane Lee and Ralen Goforth returned three of USC's four interceptions for touchdowns. The Trojans scored more points in Riley's debut than they did in any game under Clay Helton, who was fired last season before a powerhouse program sank to its worst record in 30 years.

With Williams going 19 for 22 while leading six consecutive scoring drives to open the game, USC had its highest-scoring performance since 2008, when the program still reigned near the top of college football under Pete Carroll.

Riley and Williams left Oklahoma during the offseason and reunited in Los Angeles to rebuild the Trojans, who are hoping for a swift return to regular national title contention. They appear to have the talent to do it all on offense: Stanford transfer Austin Jones and freshman Raleek Brown rushed for touchdowns, while Addison - last season's Biletnikoff Award winner at Pitt - scored on USC's opening drive and finished with five catches for 54 yards.

Darwin Barlow also rushed for a score, and Brown had a stellar start to his USC career with 76 combined yards on just eight touches.

Wiley Green passed for 69 yards for Rice before leaving with an apparent right arm injury after throwing the pick-6 to Bullock in the second quarter. Orange County native TJ McMahon took over, but threw three interceptions in the schools' first meeting since 1971.

Ari Broussard rushed for two scores, and Cameron Montgomery had 99 yards on the ground for the Owls.

Bullock returned a pick 93 yards for a score in the second quarter, and Alabama transfer Lee brought his interception back 40 yards on the opening drive of the third. Goforth made a 31-yard TD return on Rice's next drive, ballooning USC's lead to 45-14 before the offense had even touched the field in the second half.

USC hadn't returned three interceptions for scores since Nov. 11, 1982, at Arizona. The Trojans fell one short of the NCAA record for pick-6's.

USC opened the season with brand-new starters at every offensive skill position for its 75-yard opening drive, which ended with a catch-and-run by Addison for a 5-yard TD.

Several plays after touted freshman Brown celebrated his impressive TD run by striking a Heisman pose, Bullock snagged a deflected fourth-down pass and took it all the way back for his first career touchdown.

HOT ONE

A Coliseum crowd of 60,113 braved 95-degree temperatures around kickoff to welcome Riley, Williams, Addison and the rest of the new Trojans.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rice: After a few strong offensive series, coach Mike Bloomgren's fifth-season opener got out of hand because of the tipped balls leading to pick-6's. The potential seriousness of Green's injury is a much bigger concern than this blowout loss to the talented Trojans.

USC: The game in oppressive September heat turned into a likely preview of the Trojans' debut season under Riley, who has put together a formidable roster of offensive talent largely through the transfer portal. USC gave a commanding offensive performance with 538 total yards, and it had some rough defensive stretches despite its spree of four interceptions in five drives near halftime.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RiceUSC
USC TD 11:18 Jordan Addison 5 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 0 7
Rice TD 3:09 Ari Broussard 1 yard TD run (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter RiceUSC
USC TD 14:13 Austin Jones 4 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 7 14
USC TD 10:49 Raleek Brown 14 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 7 21
USC TD 8:05 Calen Bullock 93 yard interception return for TD (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 7 28
Rice TD 1:35 Ari Broussard 2 yard TD run (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 14 28
USC FG 0:00 Denis Lynch 25 yard field goal 14 31
Third Quarter RiceUSC
USC TD 13:39 Shane Lee 40 yard interception return for TD (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 38
USC TD 12:52 Ralen Goforth 31 yard interception return for TD (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 45
USC TD 9:12 Jordan Addison 3 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 52
USC TD 1:29 Austin Jones 28 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 59
Fourth Quarter RiceUSC
USC TD 6:11 Darwin Barlow 2 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 66
Team Stats
  Rice USC
First downs 14 28
  Rushing 6 11
  Passing 7 14
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 5-7, 71%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 34-146 28-208
Passing Yards 134 331
Return Yards 65 182
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-28-4 25-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-20 1-3
Punts 4 1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-55 6-60
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Green 8 13 69 0 1
T. McMahon 6 15 65 0 3
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 19 22 249 2 0
M. Moss 6 7 82 0 0
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Montgomery 6 99 16.5 0
D. Connors 6 28 4.7 0
A. Broussard 15 25 1.7 2
T. McMahon 7 -6 -0.9 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Williams 6 68 11.3 0
A. Jones 4 48 12.0 2
R. Brown 6 36 6.0 1
T. Dye 5 20 4.0 0
D. Barlow 5 16 3.2 1
M. Williams 1 10 10.0 0
M. Moss 1 10 10.0 0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. McCaffrey 5 51 10.2 0
I. Esdale 4 38 9.5 0
A. Broussard 2 26 13.0 0
J. Bradley 2 13 6.5 0
B. Rozner 1 6 6.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Washington 4 65 16.3 0
J. Addison 5 54 10.8 2
M. Williams 2 43 21.5 0
R. Brown 2 41 20.5 0
K. Hudson 3 34 11.3 0
T. Dye 3 21 7.0 0
A. Jones 1 21 21.0 0
K. Ford 1 20 20.0 0
C. Williams 1 11 11.0 0
L. McRee 1 9 9.0 0
G. Bryant Jr. 1 7 7.0 0
B. Rice 1 5 5.0 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bullock 1 93
S. Lee 1 40
R. Goforth 1 31
X. Gordon 1 -2
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Hunt 4 162 40.5
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 1 26 26.0
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bryant Jr. 2 4 2.0
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Otoviano 2 47 23.5
I. Esdale 1 18 18.0
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Rice 1 16 16.0
Rice Missed FG
Player Length
USC Missed FG
Player Length




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