Caleb Williams, the quarterback for the USC Trojans, had his big game on Saturday, dominating Stanford to announce himself as a star and a serious Heisman Trophy contender.
The No. 10 Trojans beat the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal 41-28 because of the stellar performance of the team’s sophomore quarterback, who completed 20 of 27 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns. Over the first two quarters, Williams completed 13 of 15 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams’s big game happened to coincide with a primetime showdown that was shown nationally for USC. He handled the spotlight well and seemed unfazed by the attention.
On Saturday, it was clear to anyone watching that the Trojans have a great player in Williams. Many people on the internet began hailing him as the next great college football player.
Williams left Oklahoma to play for USC after former Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley accepted the same post at USC. They’ve both settled quite well on the West Coast.
USC FOOTBALL IS BACK 👏
Caleb Williams goes to Jordan Addison for a 75-yard BOMB 💣
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) September 11, 2022
When it comes to national prominence, USC is not what it used to be. In 2016, after going 10-3 and beating Penn State in the Rose Bowl, the Trojans were rated fifth at the end of the season. The future looks bright for USC with Williams at quarterback for at least one more season after 2022.
Williams was Oklahoma’s backup quarterback as a true freshman in 2021, but he was promoted to starting quarterback during the Sooners’ 6th game of the season, a rivalry game against the Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma was down 17-35 until Williams came in for Rattler and guided the Sooners to a 55-48 victory.
He completed the game with 212 passing yards, 2 touchdown passes, 88 running yards, and 1 rushing score. Oklahoma won 52-31 in Williams’ first start the following week against Texas Christian University. Williams threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a rushing touchdown. In his first season as a starter, he threw for 21 touchdowns, ran for 6, and threw for 4 picks.