I’m glad I waited a bit before writing this post because I want to put it in perspective.
I would say this game falls more into the “highly entertaining” category than “classic.” But it was a great game to watch from beginning to end.
Imagine being told before the game that Austin Jones would outgain Zach Charbonnet (120-95) and Korey Foreman would make the game-saving play.
Why don’t I call this a classic? The defense was too bad for that. On both sides. So was the USC special teams.
Imagine if USC had given up a TD at the end? How big would those two missed chip shots by Denis Lynch look?
“A lot of people are calling this the Lincoln Riley Era, but for (the returning USC players) this is the revenge tour,” Tuli Tuipulotu said.
Other than the surprises I listed above, the game went just according to expectations. Caleb Williams was a one-man show who had to outscore the Bruins. There wasn’t a lot of defense. It went over 77.5 points.
“We talk about it all the time,” Alex Grinch said. “We can’t just have a first-row seat to Caleb Wiliams and Lincoln Riley’s offense. Our expectations are higher than what we’ve done. I’m just really proud of the fight.”
Williams passed for 470 yards and it looked like he grasped the importance of the rivalry at the end of the game.