In a remarkable display of dominance, the USC Trojans are setting the college football scene ablaze in the 2023 season. With two consecutive games against San Jose State and Nevada, they have left an indelible mark, hinting at a revival reminiscent of their 2015 glory days.
Back-to-back 50-Point Triumphs
The Trojans’ resurgence has been nothing short of spectacular, exemplified by their back-to-back victories, each with more than 50 points on the scoreboard. This impressive feat marks the first time USC has achieved such a milestone since their spectacular 2015 season. Six years ago, the Trojans launched their campaign with a jaw-dropping 55-6 win over Arkansas State, followed by a commanding 59-9 victory against Idaho.
The 2015 Trojans, led by quarterback Cody Kessler, set the field ablaze, accumulating a staggering 650 yards and eight touchdowns in their opening two games. Kessler’s stellar performance radiated to his receiving corps, with Juju Smith-Schuster amassing nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in those initial encounters.
In the running game, Ronald Jones II took the spotlight, rushing for over 80 yards and securing a touchdown in both matchups. Not to be outdone, Tre Madden left his mark with over 100 yards rushing in the first game, solidifying their dominance.
2023 Offensive Powerhouse
Fast forward to 2023, and the USC Trojans boast a new generation of offensive juggernauts. Caleb Williams, a strong contender for a second consecutive Heisman Trophy, has dazzled with 600 passing yards and a remarkable nine touchdowns. Emerging as Williams’s favorite target, Tahj Washington has already amassed 160 yards and three touchdowns. While the passing game dazzles, the running game has also made significant contributions, with Marshawn Lloyd rushing for 118 yards and one touchdown in just 16 attempts over two games.
Echoes of the Past
As the Trojans sizzle in their early-season form, it’s essential to remember that the 2015 team eventually cooled off, concluding their campaign with an 8-6 record, including back-to-back losses in the Pac-12 Championship game against Stanford and the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin.
A Shot at Redemption
In 2023, the Trojans aim to rewrite history, determined to avoid a repeat of their 2015 performance. The echoes of past glory serve as motivation for this year’s team as they aspire to secure their place among the college football elite.