Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams sound off after USC’s loss to Utah in Pac-12 title alters CFB Playoff hopes


USC head football coach Lincoln Riley and Heisman Trophy quarterback candidate Caleb Williams were noticeably disappointed following Friday night’s 47-24 loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. It was an outcome that likely cost the Trojans a spot in the College Football Playoff this season.

“Disappointing night for us,” Riley said. “You come as far as this team has come and this program has come in the last 12 months, you get that close to winning a championship, possibly much more. Obviously don’t get it done, it’s a tough pill to swallow.

Utah broke open a tied game at halftime with a second-half flurry that included a dominant effort at the line of scrimmage featuring seven total sacks of Williams. USC’s star signal caller was never comfortable after transmission and was noticeably slowed by a hamstring injury that limited his running ability.

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Here is what else Riley and Williams said in full after USC’s tough-to-stomach loss to the Utes Friday in Las Vegas.

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