Four takeaways from Lincoln Riley’s USC debut in win over Rice

USC running back Austin Jones scores for a touchdown on Rice in the second quarter on Saturday.

USC running back Austin Jones scores for a touchdown on Rice in the second quarter on Saturday.

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It’s no surprise that USC, with a brilliant head coach, a Heisman-struggling quarterback and a Biletnikoff Prize-winning receiver, lit the scoreboard on Saturday. But it wasn’t just a high-flying airstrike that led to USC’s highest-scoring game since 2008.

The Trojans (1-0) put on impressive playmaking from the backfield with two touchdowns from Stanford transfer Austin Jones and another from freshman Raleek Brown, who scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 14-yard streak in the second quarter with a Heisman pose in the end zone.

“If you’re talking about someone who’s like a video gamer, someone who gets in the game and does something crazy, I imagine that [Brown] to do all the time,” said Jones, who had 48 rushing yards in four carries. “It amazes me to just sit back in training during fall camp and I think this guy is legit. You have to see it a bit today, but he’s a baller, direct.”

Williams also looked exactly like the star we thought he was. He had just three incomplete passes in 22 throws in three quarters of efficient play, and one of the errors was a drop from Tahj Washington. Williams also had a team-high 68 rushing yards in six carries.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2022-09-04/usc-football-rice-takeaways-lincoln-riley-caleb-williams Four takeaways from Lincoln Riley’s USC debut in win over Rice

Emma Bowman

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