Inconsistency continues to reign as USC gets away by the skin of their teeth.
Colorado's senior leader and quarterback Sefo Liufau left the game injured just before the end of the first quarter and redshirt Freshman Cade Apsay did not miss a beat. He immediately found Colorado's record breaking receiver Nelson Spruce for a touchdown on 3rd and 8, to put the Buffalo's up 14-3 in the second quarter after Kessler and Steven Mitchell Jr.'s miscommunication ended in an interception.
USC was unable to put any pressure on either quarterback early, leaving the playbook wide open for the Colorado offense. The Trojans abandoned the run early after little success and Colorado smelled upset immediately.
The Trojan's young and depleted secondary was beat up early and often, allowing 147 yards passing at the half.
USC showed up big in the second half, marching down the field on their first possession, finally finding the endzone with 5 minutes left in the third. They forced a fumble and recovered on Colorado's first play of the next series, then put together another well-composed drive for 7 more. Colorado threatened to tie with a long field goal at the start of the 4th but Adoree Jackson flew in untouched for the block (the play that ended up being the difference in this game). Kessler found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a quick endzone strike the very next play.
The Buffaloes would not go away, forcing USC to punt from their own endzone and returning the short kick inside the 5. Colorado scored quickly to make it 27-24. It took a big 3rd and 8 run by Justin Davis to get a fresh set of downs and finally run out the clock.
The Trojans escaped with another win after a sloppy start.