No. 7 USC outlasts No. 16 UCLA to reach Pac-12 title game
16 UCLA 48-45 on Saturday night to reach the Pac-12 Championship game. It was the second-most passing yards by a USC quarterback in 92 editions of the Crosstown Showdown. In the first matchup where both LA schools were led by a Black quarterback, Williams outdueled UCLA counterpart Dorian Thompson-Robinson. UCLA (8-3, 5-3) got the ball with 2:21 remaining after forcing USC to punt with a chance to win or force overtime. UCLA: The Bruins' defense has had issues the past two weeks, especially with stopping an opponent's passing game.wftv.com
Williams' 470 passing yards puts No. 7 USC over No. 16 UCLA
PASADENA, Calif. — (AP) — Caleb Williams passed for a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards and seventh-ranked Southern California clinched a spot on the Pac-12 Championship game with a 48-45 victory over No. Williams also rushed for 32 yards and finished with 503 yards of total offense. The Trojans (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12) had a season-high 648 yards of total offense and took advantage of four Bruins turnovers. Dorian Thompson-Robinson accounted for all six UCLA touchdowns, but also had three interceptions and a fumble. UCLA: The Bruins' defense has had issues the past two weeks, especially with stopping an opponent's passing game.wftv.com
Rising scores on 2-pointer, No. 20 Utah tops No. 7 USC 43-42
Rising rushed a yard for a touchdown on fourth down to set up the deciding conversion. Caleb Williams threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns for Southern California (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12). Dalton Kincaid had 15 catches for 217 yards, the most for a Ute since Carl Harry had 255 yards in 1988. THE TAKEAWAYSouthern California: The Trojans were prolific on offense, but the defense couldn’t stop Rising, especially when it counted. Utah: Rising willed the Utes to the win but the defense was gashed by the Trojans.wftv.com
No. 7 USC survives tough road challenge from Oregon State as Caleb Williams leads late rally
It wasn't a banner night for the USC offense, which had carved through opponents in the first three weeks of the season. But Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams put together a gutsy drive in the closing minutes to rally past a much-improved Oregon State team 17-14 in Corvallis. It capped an 11-play, 84-yard drive that included a wild fourth down conversion in which Williams was pushed by teammates to eke past the line to gain. Max Williams picked off Beavers QB Chance Nolan on the ensuing drive to seal it. That makes USC an incredibly +14 in turnover margin this season, which is a big reason they're 4-0 and off to a strong start in Lincoln Riley's first year as head coach.wftv.com
AP preseason All-America team highlighted by Alabama stars
Ohio State was second behind Alabama, just like in the AP Top 25, with three first-team selections and five players overall. Tackles -- Peter Skoronski, junior, Northwestern; Paris Johnson Jr., junior, Ohio State. Wide receivers -- Jordan Addison, junior, Southern California; Jaxon Smith-Njigba, junior, Ohio State; Kayshon Boutte, junior, LSU. Safeties -- Jordan Battle, junior, Alabama; Antonio Johnson, junior, Texas A&M. Stroud, junior, Ohio State.wftv.com
20 non-QB transfers in line to make an impact during the 2022 college football season
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)There are a lot of familiar faces in new places ahead of the 2022 college football season. Here are 20 players in alphabetical order below who we think could make big impacts for their new teams this season. Addison and Kenny Pickett were the best passing combination in college football a season ago as Addison racked up 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. If he has a breakout campaign in 2022 he could easily eclipse his career numbers in a single season. He had 11 passes defensed and 83 tackles over the 2020 and 2021 seasons.wftv.com
'Momentum' for dumping yearly scholarship limits in football
The 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver is in the NCAA transfer portal. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File) (Chris Seward)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — (AP) — College football coaches are pushing for changes to NCAA rules to help stabilize rosters depleted by transfers. That move, along with lifting a ban on athletes being compensate for their names, images and likenesses, has created unprecedented transfer movement in major college football. The number of FBS football players entering their names in the transfer portal in 2021 was 1,427, up from 896 in 2020, according to the NCAA. Maybe it’s not.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com.AP_Top25Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Thorne leads No. 11 Spartans past No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl
Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans overcame an 11-point deficit to beat No. 13 Pittsburgh 31-21 on Thursday night in the Peach Bowl.
Pickett returns to help Pitt snap skid, defeat Florida St.
But he also had a recovery plan and intended to be back in time to face Florida State. Nick Patti had two touchdown runs, Pickett added a 10-yard TD run and the Panthers capitalized on short fields to defeat Florida State 41-17 on Saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak. Pitt’s defensive pressure coupled with the turnovers forced Florida State coach Mike Norvell to go for it on fourth down, with the Seminoles converting just 1 of 3 chances. Florida State had been averaging 197 yards rushing per game but couldn’t get a ground game going against one of the nation’s top-5 rush defenses. Florida State will play at NC State on Saturday.
No. 21 Pitt holds off No. 24 Louisville 23-20
Louisville wide receiver Tutu Atwell (1) can't make a catch as Pittsburgh defensive back A.J. 24 Louisville 23-20 on Saturday. “They played fast, they played physical.”And they played exactly the way they knew they would play against the Cardinals. Pitt: The offense remains a bit of a mixed bag but the defense should give the Panthers a chance to win week in and week out. Pitt: Even with teams from conferences currently not playing being allowed into the polls this week, expect the Panthers to at least stay at 21 or perhaps even rise a bit.