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  Southern California is the fourth team since at least 2012 to not commit a turnover through its first four games, according to Sportradar. The Trojans have run 269 offensive plays and returned five kicks and three punts over four games without a fumble or interception. Michigan went turnover-free through four games last year. Alabama did it in 2017 and Western Michigan in 2016. - AP College Football

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  Jordan Addison caught a go-ahead 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left and No. 7 USC overcame a shaky performance for a 17-14 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night. The Beavers, vying to start 4-0 for the first time since 2012, took the lead on Jam Griffin's 18-yard touchdown run with 4:41 remaining. But USC quarterback Caleb Williams led an 11-play, 84-yard drive that ended with Addison's sixth touchdown catch of the season. The Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) did not look like the team that dominated its first three opponents with 40 or more points per game. Williams threw for a season-low 180 yards. Addison, the 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner who transferred from Pitt, caught three passes for 42 yards. Chance Nolan threw for 167 yards for the Beavers (3-1, 0-1) but was intercepted four times. The Trojans were uncharacteristically sluggish from the start. Oregon State stopped USC on downs on its opening series. On the second drive, Denis Lynch's 36-yard field goal attempt went wide left.

Deshaun Fenwick's 4-yard touchdown run put the Beavers up 7-0 early in the second quarter. It was his fourth TD of the season. Oregon State appeared headed back to the end zone but Nolan was intercepted by Erik Gentry. The Trojans capitalized, going 41 yards on seven plays and finishing with Lynch's 42-yard field goal to narrow it to 7-3 at halftime. Kitan Oladapo sacked Williams on third down for a loss of 11 yards, stalling a USC drive on the Oregon State 45 and forcing a punt. But USC answered. Nolan was intercepted by Ceyair Wright, who ran it back to the Oregon State 26. The Trojans finished the drive with Travis Dye's 7-yard scoring run to put USC back in front 10-7. Oregon State was called for a pair of penalties on the ensuing drive and Everett Hayes' 46-yard field goal attempt to tie it with 8:34 to go went right. Oregon State benefited with good field position from USC's punt out of the end zone, and Griffin rushed 18 yards for a touchdown that gave the Beavers back the lead with 4:41 to go. After Addison's touchdown catch, the Beavers' final drive ended with another USC interception. - USC/AP College Football


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  Caleb Williams threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, Travis Dye and Austin Jones each ran for more than 100 yards and No. 7 Southern California beat Fresno State 45-17 on Saturday night. Williams completed 25 of 37 passes for the Trojans, who have scored at least 45 points in each of the first three games under Lincoln Riley. Dye had his second straight 100-yard game with 102 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown while Jones had 12 carries for 110 yards and a score. It is the first time since 2018 that USC (3-0) has had a pair of running backs reach the century mark in a game. The Bulldogs (1-2) suffered a bigger loss though than the game. Quarterback Jake Haener sustained a right leg injury during the third quarter and was carted off. The Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year had his leg bend awkwardly while being sacked by Solomon Byrd at the Fresno State 46. Byrd also recovered Haener's fumble.

Haener returned to sideline the on crutches and with his right foot in a boot. The senior was 10 of 17 for 117 yards with a touchdown and interception before the injury. Jordan Mims had 114 yards rushing. USC scored on its first three drives to build a 21-3 advantage midway through the second quarter. After the Trojans won the coin toss, Williams rolled right and connected with Jordan Addison for a 3-yard TD to complete a 12-play opening possession that took nearly five minutes. The sophomore then scored his first two rushing TDs in a USC uniform. Williams had an 8-yard scramble late in the first quarter to make it 14-0. Following a field goal by Fresno State's Abraham Montano, Williams capped a 15-play drive with a 1-yard sneak. Fresno State closed within 21-10 with 6:30 remaining in the first half after Erik Brooks scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Brooks caught a quick slant from Haener at the 35, caused Calen Bullock to miss a tackle and then outran the USC defense into the end zone. - USC/AP College Football


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  Southern Cal rush edge Romello Height (shoulder) had his arm in a sling at Tuesday's practice. Coach Lincoln Riley said the plan is to take things easy with the Auburn transfer early in the week and see where he's at as the Trojans approach Saturday's game against Fresno State. USC will take a similar approach with left tackle Courtland Ford (ankle), though Riley sounded more optimistic about Ford's likelihood of playing Saturday. - Orange County Register

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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Caleb Williams, So., QB, USC (Washington, D.C.),...Williams went 20-for-27 (74%) for 341 yards and 4 TD, leading the Trojans to a 41-28 victory over Stanford...He has yet to throw an INT in the 2022 season in 49 pass attempts...USC's 41 points are the most points scored versus Stanford since USC scored 45 points in its victory over the Cardinal in 2019. With Williams at the helm, the Trojans had 505 yards in total offense against the Cardinal...Now ranks second nationally in completion percentage (.796 and first in the Pac-12 Conference) and passing efficiency (221.1 and first in the Pac-12 Conference).

He is also third nationally in yards per attempt (12.04 and first in the Pac-12 Conference)...Was named the CFPA National Performer of Week...First time winning this award in the Pac-12 but was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week twice last season at Oklahoma...First USC player to earn this honor since Jaxson Dart in Week 3 of last season. Also nominated: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Deshaun Fenwick, RB, Oregon State; Michael Penix, Jr., QB, Washington; Michael WIley, RB, Arizona, X Valladay, RB, Arizona State; Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah; Nakia Watson, RB, Washington State. - Pac-12 Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 8. Jordan Addison, Jr, WR, Southern California, 5-11, 175, 1,...Addison embarrassed Stanford's defense, seeming to get open at will as he caught seven passes for 172 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-28 win that boosted the Trojans from No. 10 to No. 7 in the polls. Previous week, No. 10: Defending Biletnikoff Award winner and the center of mucho attention when he transferred from Pitt, Addison picked up where he left off last season as USC pummeled the Rice Owls, 66-14. Addison led the Trojans with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC (Hawthorne, Calif.),...Recorded 6 tackles, including 4 for loss for 19 yards (with 1 sack for 11 yards)...At the beginning of the third quarter, Tuipulotu broke up a pass from Stanford QB Tanner McKee intended for WR Michael Wilson. In the same quarter, he also forced a fumble by Stanford RB E.J. Smith which was recovered by fellow Trojan teammate DB Jacobe Covington for a turnover...First time winning this award and the third different Trojan to earn this since the award was created prior to the 2019 season. Tuli's older brother, Marlon Tuipulotu, took home the award in the first week of the 2020 season while Drake Jackson has won it twice, once in 2020 and again in 2021. Also nominated: Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State; Hunter Echols, DE, Arizona; Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington; Casey Rogers, DT, Oregon; James Rawls, DL, Oregon State; Connor O'Toole, DE, Utah; Grayson Murphy, DL, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football

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  Caleb Williams threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, with two of those going to Jordan Addison, leading No. 10 Southern California past Stanford 41-28 on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener. Addison wound up with seven catches for 172 yards and Travis Dye ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, while the Trojans' opportunistic defense shined again with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries - four turnovers that led to 17 points. Dominant USC (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) didn't have a third-down play until 52 seconds before halftime and punted for the first time with 8:02 left. Williams completed 20 of 27 - 13 of his first 15 - throws and Dye ran for a 27-yard score in a first half that featured 685 yards of offense between the teams. Williams then hit Addison for a 48-yard gain right out of halftime that set up Denis Lynch's 45-yard field goal. Lynch later missed wide left from 39 yards before hitting from 42 yards.

Early in the second quarter, Williams connected on back-to-back passes to Mario Williams - first a 43-yard completion that set up their 15-yard scoring play. Lake McRee caught the first TD pass of the day by Williams, a 5-yarder, as the Trojans notched their second lopsided win so far after a 66-14 thumping of Rice in the season opener. With Williams' 19-for-22 performance in that one, the sophomore star has now completed 39 of 49 passes for 590 yards in two games. USC's defense has forced eight total turnovers this season. Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw an interception on his third play from scrimmage for Stanford (1-1, 0-1) that Max Williams tipped and caught before returning it 32 yards. Then McKee threw another pick Cain the end zone by Mekhi Blackmon on 4th-and-2 with a chance to tie the game. The Cardinal capitalized on their next chance when McKee connected on a 3-yard TD pass to E.J. Smith to cap a seven-play, 93-yard drive that got Stanford within 14-7. But just like that, the Trojans answered immediately. Williams connected with Addison on a 75-yard catch and run. - USC/AP College Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 10. Jordan Addison, Jr, WR, Southern California, 5-11, 175,...Defending Biletnikoff Award winner and the center of mucho attention when he transferred from Pitt, Addison picked up where he left off last season as USC pummeled the Rice Owls, 66-14. Addison led the Trojans with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. "This is definitely a statement," Addison said. "That's what we wanted to do. Week 1, we had to show everybody that this wasn't just no hype. We're ready to play." - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

Jr/2024 WR Jordan AddisonSouthern California
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  Southern California defensive lineman De'jon Benton had a cast over his left forearm and hand Tuesday and did not practice. But when asked whether Benton might be out for an extended period, Riley said he had already "bounced back quick." - Los Angeles Times

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  Defending Biletnikoff Award winner and the center of mucho attention when he transferred from Pitt, USC wide receiver Jordan Addison picked up where he left off last season as the Trojans pummeled the Rice Owls, 66-14. Addison led the Trojans with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. "This is definitely a statement," Addison said. "That’s what we wanted to do. Week 1, we had to show everybody that this wasn’t just no hype. We're ready to play." - USC/AP College Football

Jr/2024 WR Jordan AddisonSouthern California
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  Caleb Williams passed for 249 yards, rushed for 68 more and hit Jordan Addison for two touchdowns, and coach Lincoln Riley's tenure at No. 14 Southern California got off to a roaring start with a 66-14 victory over Rice on Saturday. Calen Bullock, Shane Lee and Ralen Goforth returned three of USC's four interceptions for touchdowns. The Trojans scored more points in Riley's debut than they did in any game under Clay Helton, who was fired last season before a powerhouse program sank to its worst record in 30 years. With Williams going 19 for 22 while leading six consecutive scoring drives to open the game, USC had its highest-scoring performance since 2008, when the program still reigned near the top of college football under Pete Carroll.

Riley and Williams left Oklahoma during the offseason and reunited in Los Angeles to rebuild the Trojans, who are hoping for a swift return to regular national title contention. They appear to have the talent to do it all on offense: Stanford transfer Austin Jones and freshman Raleek Brown rushed for touchdowns, while Addison - last season's Biletnikoff Award winner at Pitt - scored on USC's opening drive and finished with five catches for 54 yards. Darwin Barlow also rushed for a score, and Brown had a stellar start to his USC career with 76 combined yards on just eight touches. - USC/AP College Football


So/2025 QB Caleb WilliamsSouthern California
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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 10. Caleb Williams, QB, USC, Sophomore. Notable 2021 stats: 1,912 yards, 21 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. What Williams can do on the field is evident. But perhaps his biggest strength is the fact that the heightened hype around him doesn't seem to make him uncomfortable. USC has been missing a player with -- and this is meant as a compliment -- this kind of irrational confidence. If his game matches it this season, he can single-handedly will this team to not just relevance, but success. - ESPN.com

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 9. Jordan Addison, WR, USC, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 1,593 yards, 17 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. Addison was the addition who seemed to swing USC from being dangerous this coming season to potentially being a problem for teams beyond the Pac-12. Can a wide receiver add that much value? It's hard to argue that he can't given he was the best wideout in the country and is about to play in a better offense and with a better quarterback. One thing USC hasn't lacked even during its down years is elite wide receiver talent -- JuJu Smith-Schuster, Michael Pittman, Drake London. None of them, however, won a Biletnikoff like Addison just did. - ESPN.com

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 56. Travis Dye, RB, USC, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 1,271 yards, 16 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. Through injuries and inconsistent quarterback play, Dye was Oregon's metronome last season. Now at USC this year, Dye will be an ideal No. 1 back as a runner and a pass-catcher. And though he's a classic example of substance over flash, it feels like there's a more explosive version of him that could be unlocked by playing in a Lincoln Riley offense next to Caleb Williams. - ESPN.com

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