There are flea-flickers, and then there’s the USC gem that came out Saturday night.
The 20th-ranked Trojans were looking for some momentum during the first half of their game against No. 5 Washington, which led 35-28 at halftime.
And USC ran one of the prettiest plays of the year.
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Defending Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams gave the ball to Zachariah Branch on a jet, which looked like it would fill up immediately.
But Branch cut back to his right as Williams took a few steps back. Branch then tipped the ball back to Williams, who sent a pass to Tahj Washington, who was wide open to score.
When he scored, Washington did his best Victor Cruz salsa in the end zone.
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The touchdown put USC up 28-21 just four minutes into the first half, but quickly lost momentum.
Washington scored a touchdown with just over a minute left in the half, then Williams missed a fumble on the ensuing drive inside USC’s own 20. Three plays later, the Huskies scored another touchdown on Dillon Johnson’s third of the half.
The match appeared to be a penalty shootout. Washington quarterback Michael Pennix Jr. joined the Heisman debate. While Williams isn’t repeating his Heisman campaign from last year, he’s still likely to be the top pick in next year’s NFL Draft if he participates.
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USC is coming off a 50-49 win over California at home, a game that fell behind by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Washington is looking to go 9-0 on the season.