Instant Analysis: Williams strikes a pose and USC beats ND in the trenches

Instant Analysis: Williams strikes a pose and USC beats ND in the trenches

The most exasperating aspect of CFP No. 6 USC’s 38-27 dismissal of 15th-ranked Notre Dame Saturday night in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was how the probable playoff-bound Trojans out-Notre Damed Notre Dame. USC (11-1) controlled both lines of scrimmage when it mattered — easily winning the rushing battle, controlling the clock and playing keepaway from an Irish offense that got a 23-of-26, 318-yard passing performance from quarterback Drew Pyne. Meanwhile, Williams, who came via Oklahoma, looked the part of a Heisman Trophy front-runner in amassing 232 passing yards on 18-of-22 accuracy with a TD pass and no interceptions.