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USC’s Lincoln Riley discusses officiating error against Arizona


USC45–37 win over Arizona did not come without controversy. At the end of the first half, the referees potentially cost the Trojans a chance to score a basket by spotting the ball as the clock ticked down from five seconds, leading Caleb Williams to steal the ball after the timer expires, not before.

Trojans coach Lincoln Riley was heated as he walked into the locker room at halftime as he was caught yelling at the officials over the mistake. After the match, Riley told the media that the officials admitted to making the mistake.

“Honestly, I probably didn’t give them much time for an explanation,” he said. “Then after we talked, and they admitted they screwed it up. My question was, ‘If you screwed it up, why didn’t you stop the play and review it?'” he explanation given to me at the start of the third quarter was that they had obviously not handled the situation well.

Luckily for the Trojans the mistake didn’t cost them the game in the end as, although Arizona remained close, USC beat the Wildcats 14–8 in the fourth to win the game.

Williams specifically came to play for USC, as the quarterback threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns to lead the way. The Trojans improved to 7-1 on the season and are just half a game behind Oregon in the Pac-12 standings.

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