Welcome to the USC-Rice game blog!
The fake attendance today was 60,113.
Why is Jordan Addison returning punts with a 38-point lead?
Caleb Williams is living up to the hype and getting his Heisman campaign off to a great start. But no matter how many interceptions there are, the defense still has some issues to deal with.
Here comes the fourth interception. Rice’s receivers are pathetic.
The second half starts with Pick 6 TDs by Shane Lee and Ralen Goforth. It’s over!
Another pick six off a tipped pass as Shane Lee goes 40 yards for the score. USC 38, Rice 14.
The USC defense looks terrible as it gives up a 55-yard run but then Rice throws a pass that goes off the receiver’s hands and is intercepted by Calen Bullock, who goes 93 yards for a TD.
USC needs only 1:42 to score again as Raleek Brown goes 14 yards for his first career TD.
USC makes it look easy on offense, scoring another TD in less than 4 minutes. Now the defense is back on the field. USC 14-7.
The first quarter ends. My thoughts: The defense is as bad as I feared. The offense will score a lot of points. So kind of what I expected.
I wrote a few times about the USC pass defense this week and it lived down to its billing on Rice’s first drive. Rice was 4-4 on third down. All pass completions.
USC looks vulnerable, as suspected. Rice scored on a 1-yard TD and had ball for more than 8 minutes. It’s 7-7.
The first drive is a breeze. Caleb Williams completed all four passes for 64 yards, including a 43-yard play to Tahj Washington. Williams then threw a 5-yard TD pass to Jordan Addison.
- Is that a USC player in red socks?
- Courtland Ford will start at left tackle but rotate with Bobby Haskins.
- Freshman cornerback Domani Jackson is not dressed today. Remember he tore his ACL last year and has missed some practices in training camp.
Also not dressed are two other Jacksons (wide receiver Michael and cornerback Josh).
- The Coliseum WiFi is in midseason form.