The Cotton Bowl finish is set to be another classic here in this latest installment of the 2022-23 College Football Playoff schedule with USC holding a 35-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter. USC quarterback Caleb Williams already has 400 passing yards and four touchdowns in his first game since winning the Heisman Trophy, and although the Trojans are star wide receiver Jordan Addison, the receiving room is getting a big boost from Brenden Rice, who has 174 yards and two touchdowns. Touchdowns in six capture times through three quarters.
While USC, with over 500 yards of offense already, has scored touchdowns on five of its seven possessions, there have been answers at almost every Tulane turn. The Green Wave have two touchdowns and a field goal on their three possessions in the third quarter, and Spurs running back Tejay is challenging Williams and Rice for the title of the game’s most influential player. Spurs have 152 yards and three touchdowns, marking the eighth straight game in which he has a run of at least 100 yards.
In the case of USC, the stakes in the fourth quarter include winning a bowl game for the first time since the end of the 2016 season and starting the 2023 campaign with another stellar performance from Williams. Tulane is already having its biggest ball game since before World War II, so a win would surpass what was already a dream turnaround from 2-10 in 2021 to 11-2 in 2022.
CBS Sports will keep you updated throughout the Cotton Bowl with analysis and highlights from USC’s battles with Tulane.
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