Last Updated on September 27, 2022 by BVN
Jon Gaede | BVN Sports
Seven plays, 75 yards, seven-yard touchdown
The Lincoln Riley era began with a rapid 75-yard march in seven plays, capped off by a seven- yard touchdown from Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison. In that first drive, quick passes to Tahj Washington and a run from Travis Dye, both off season transfers from Oregon, two more weapons added to a deep and talented Trojan offense. USC scored at will, throughout this game. Their 2022 season debut was impressive.
USC shares the football on offense
The Rice Owls then went 65 yards on their first drive, 74 yards in 16 plays to match the Trojans at 7-7 after one quarter, but that would be as close as it would get. USC proceeded to share and distribute the football on offense, marching 84 yards in nine plays, capped off with a short touchdown run by Austin Jones. A speedy Raleek Brown then scored on a fourteen-yard sweep to put Trojans up 21-7 in the second quarter.
Quarterback Caleb Williams accurate with his arm and quick with his feet
USC Freshman strong safety, Caleb Bullock intercepted the ball off the fingers of Rice wide receiver Luke McCaffrey on the Trojan 8-yardline and ran it back all the way for a 92-yard score. USC 31 Rice 14 at the half. Star Trojan transfer quarterback Caleb Williams was extremely accurate with his arm in that first half, completing nine of eleven passes for 100 yards and a 25-yard run, showing how quick he can be with his feet.
Alabama transfer linebacker Shane Lee intercepts a tipped ball
In the first offensive play of the third quarter, the Trojan defense once again took advantage of a tipped ball off the finger-tips of Rice wide receiver Bradley Rozner. This time it was Alabama transfer linebacker Shane Lee, who promptly intercepted the tipped ball on the Trojan 40 and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown, USC 38 Rice 14. Under great pressure from the Trojan line, the USC defense intercepted the very next pass from the Owls. Linebacker Ralen Goforth grabbed the ball out of the air and ran into the end zone. USC 45 Rice 14.
Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams showed off his poise, his arm and his legs, capping off another drive with a touchdown to Jordan Addison for his second touchdown on the day.
USC 52 Rice 14 at the nine-minute mark of the third quarter. Trojan running-back Austin Jones showed off his agility and size, running the ball 28 yards to put USC up 59-14 at end of the third.
Trojan defense turns it up with multiple interceptions and three scores
Freshman Miller Moss finished the game at quarterback for the Trojans and moved the offense down the field, but this game had been decided early on. Caleb Williams was very impressive in his debut as expected, completing 19 of 22 for 250 yards and running the ball 6 times for 68 yards. Williams distributed the ball to a myriad of Trojan receivers and backs on the day, showing how deeply talented they are on offense. It was the Trojan defense who turned it up on the Owls, scoring three times on interceptions, perhaps a preview of things to come from both sides of the field.