Buffs routed by No. 8 USC Trojans – The Denver Post

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LOS ANGELES – Throughout the first quarter on Friday night, the Colorado Buffaloes played well enough to create some measure of hope.

When the second quarter began, USC started playing like USC.

Despite a good start, Colorado was routed by the eighth-ranked Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 55-17.

It was the eighth time this year that CU (1-9, 1-6 Pac-12) has lost by 23 or more points and the Buffs matched the worst 10-game start in program history. CU also dropped to 0-16 all-time against the Trojans (9-1, 7-1).

USC star quarterback Caleb Williams shook off an early interception to throw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for two touchdowns.

Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout gets rid of the ball while pursued by Southern California defensive lineman Tyrone Taleni in the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Los Angeles. Shrout was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout gets rid of the ball while pursued by Southern California defensive lineman Tyrone Taleni in the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Los Angeles. Shrout was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

CU’s Alex Fontenot had his first 100-yard game in nearly three years (108 yards on 20 carries), but the Buffs couldn’t get anything going through the air. JT Shrout completed 11-of-21 passes for 124 yards, while throwing an interception and losing a fumble. Shrout had only 46 passing yards through the first three quarters.

The Buffs gave up a season-high in points and yielded 42-plus points for the fourth consecutive game, but had an impressive and surprising start against the nation’s seventh-best scoring offense.

Two of USC’s first three possessions ended with punts after going three-and-out. The other ended with Williams getting picked off by Buffs’ sophomore Nikko Reed – just the second interception of the season for Williams.

After his interception, Reed threw the ball to the ground in celebration and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. That proved costly, as it forced CU to start on its own 12-yard line.

On first down, Shrout was pressured and threw the ball away. He was flagged for intentional grounding and because the foul occurred in the end zone, USC was awarded a safety and took a 2-0 lead.

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