Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Moss' record-breaking performance powers USC over Louisville in DIRECTV Holiday Bowl

In a surprising turn of events, USC quarterback Miller Moss stole the show in his first college start at the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl, leading the Trojans (8-5) to a 42-28 victory over the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (10-4) at Petco Park on Wednesday night.

With the 2022 Heisman winner Caleb Williams opting out to prepare for the NFL Draft, Moss seized the opportunity and orchestrated an electrifying offensive performance. The redshirt sophomore broke the Holiday Bowl record with six touchdown passes, the most by a USC quarterback in their first start, as the Trojans closed out a turbulent season on a high note.

Moss completed 23 of 33 passes for 372 yards, with one interception. His highlight reel included a 12-yard toss to Ja'Kobi Lane and a 44-yard bomb to Duce Robinson to seal the win.

Williams watched and supported his teammates from the sidelines as Moss engineered the unforgettable showing. The six touchdowns also tied the Pac-12 bowl record and set a new mark for USC in bowl games.

Tahj Washington hauled in seven catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while Kyron Hudson added another score.

Louisville's Isaac Guerendo had an impressive performance, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to dampen the Trojans' offensive fireworks. 

After a rocky season that failed to live up to high expectations, Moss's phenomenal debut provided redemption for USC, closing out the year with a positive outlook as they get set to make their Big Ten debut in 2024.

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