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A few cameras would occasionally wander down to the south end zone and film Caleb Williams stretching, but he was largely left in peace as he prepared for an extra early start despite a sellout crowd. A stray camera or two would occasionally venture down toward the south end zone to film the Heisman winner stretching, but the most outstanding player in the sport was largely left to relative peace to prepare for an extra early start despite a sellout crowd filing in.
Eventually, he made his way to the Trojans bench, bobbing along to the music in his headphones. As he sat back watching and handing out high-fives to teammates passing by, Williams eventually looked across the field to see what was causing all the ruckus.
Though he didn’t stare down anybody from the Buffs or partake in stargazing, it was almost as if he took note of where all the attention was directed. You want to see a show?
I’ll give you a performance. I’ll give you a show.
Williams certainly put one on to allow No. It’s a bit repetitive, but Williams will be the default player for every game that he plays. He isn’t just that good – he takes control with the ball. The Washington D.C. junior was impressive from the first snap. It was almost as if Williams was taking some of the attention directed at the opposing sideline personally. It was his 13th consecutive game with three touchdowns or more — the second-longest streak of any player in the past 20 years. He also surpassed the 1,077 yards and 14 touchdowns he had thrown for in the first half of the season. It was the 13th consecutive game in which he had three touchdowns or more — the second-longest streak by any player in the past two decades — and he pushed his first-half numbers through the air for the season to an eye-opening 70-of-87 (80%), 1,077 yards and 14 touchdowns.
If you add in his three rushing scores before going to the locker room, the potential No. Even if he played only the first two quarters, the No. 1 overall pick could lead the nation in touchdowns. About the only blemish he had came late in the third quarter when he got a little greedy in the thin air of the Flatirons, throwing his first interception of the season on a floater that Jaylen Ellis easily pulled down for the Trojans’ only turnover.
Where would USC’s Caleb Williams be ranked on Deion Sanders’ children?
Play of the Game
Williams didn’t wait long to put his stamp on the game with a play that would have made even Patrick Mahomes blush, scrambling around with half a day to throw (OK, just
seconds to be precise) before eventually finding Tahj Washington wide open in the middle of the field midway through the first quarter. Williams weaved his way through the secondary and sprinted 71 yards to score, capping off a three play drive. The visitors were now up by two touchdowns and there was little resistance from the college football’s most prolific offense despite their early body clock start. Turning point in the game
After USC had a 14-point lead in the first quarter Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sander chose an unwise time to throw his 2nd interception of this season, hitting Trojans corner Christian Roland Wallace square in the numbers. Roland-Wallace returned it to the perimeter of the red zone. It took just four plays for the eighth-ranked team in the polls to score again and signal there wouldn’t be much stopping them the rest of the day.
Key statIt took until 6:44 left in the fourth quarter for the Trojans to have more third-down attempts (eight) than touchdowns (seven).What’s next for USC? What’s next for USC? Although the team gets a bye prior to a possible Pac-12 championship game, the Cardinal and Gold’s visit to Boulder marked the beginning of their quest to make the College Football Playoff. What’s next for Colorado University? The Buffs will begin a crucial stretch of conference games to help them achieve bowl eligibility. They’ll travel to Tempe, Arizona State to face Kenny Dillingham and his fellow first-year coach before playing Stanford at home on October 13. Big Noon Kickoff
Bryan Fischer is a college football writer for FOX Sports. He has covered college athletics at outlets like NBC Sports and CBS Sports for almost two decades. Sports, NFL.com and others. Follow him on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.
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