Miller Moss’ 6 TDs powers USC past No. 15 Louisville in Holiday Bowl 

Lincoln Riley USC Head Coach

Miller Moss threw a Holiday Bowl-record six touchdowns and Tahj Washington brought in two of them while USC beat No. 15 Louisville 42-28 on Wednesday night. 

In the first ranked bowl game of the season, the unranked Trojans (8-5, 5-5 Pac-12 Conference) came out on top behind 443 yards of total offense. Miller was responsible for 385 of them. 

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Moss had four passing touchdowns in the first half, tying the Holiday Bowl record in just the first two quarters. 

One of Moss’ mistakes came in the third quarter when he threw an interception at the goal line that was returned by Cardinals defensive back Josh Minkins 61 yards to the USC 20-yard line. 

But Moss recovered. He threw a Pac-12 bowl game record-tying sixth touchdown to receiver Duce Robinson from 44 yards out — his farthest scoring throw of the game. 

Special teams was the name of the game early on for USC. In the first half, the Trojans sniffed out a trick kickoff return by Louisville (10-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) and also blocked a punt, setting them up for a touchdown to go ahead 21-7. 

Louisville quarterback Jack Plummer, who played with a dislocated finger on his throwing hand, finished 21-of-25 for 141 passing yards. 

The Cardinals scored on a 2-yard run from running back Isaac Guerendo to go up 7-0 with 8:37 left in the first quarter. 

From there, it was the Trojans who took control. 

USC scored 21 unanswered points thanks to three touchdowns from Moss, who found Washington on his first two scoring throws from 17- and 29-yard distances. 

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Washington ended the game with 99 receiving yards on seven catches. He’s already declared for the NFL Draft, and capped his career at USC on a high note. 

USC led 28-14 at halftime and held Louisville to 361 total yards. Guerendo had 161 rushing yards and three touchdowns.