USC QB Caleb Williams, wins Heisman Trophy

U.S.C. won 11 games, seven more than last season. If it had not been for a loss in the Pac-12 championship, U.S.C. would be in the College Football Playoff for the first time, with a chance to win its first national title since 2004.

The national championship will evade the Trojans this season, but D.C. native Caleb Williamsmwon the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York. Williams earned 544 first-place votes, finishing comfortably ahead of the other quarterback finalists: Max Duggan of Texas Christian (188), C.J. Stroud of Ohio State (37), and Stetson Bennett of Georgia (36).

“I may be standing up here today, but y’all get to go to the College Football Playoff,” Williams said in his acceptance speech, in saluting the other finalists in front of him. “Guess you can’t win them all.”

“While this may be an individual award, I certainly understand that nothing, in this sport or life, is done alone,”

Williams said

Williams joins Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as the third quarterback Riley has coached to win the Heisman.