USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams made headlines on Saturday when he responded to a video of TCU quarterback Max Duggan crying.
Duggan was emotional following the Horned Frogs’ heartbreaking 31-28 overtime loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. Losing the Big 12 Championship Game was hard enough to begin with, but Duggan and company could only wonder if the loss would keep TCU out of the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III posted a video of an emotional Duggan with the caption, “How can you not root for Max Duggan?” In a since-deleted tweet (you can see a screenshot below), Williams responded with “LOL”:
On Sunday afternoon, Williams claimed that he wasn’t “laughing at'” Duggan, adding that he also felt that way when USC lost.
Fortunately for TCU, the loss didn’t keep them out of the postseason. On Sunday, the Horned Frogs, Georgia Bulldogs, Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes were named the four competitors for the national championship.
TCU will play Michigan on New Year’s Eve in one semi-final game, while the defending champion Bulldogs will face the Buckeyes in the other. Georgia defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in last season’s championship game.
Williams, widely regarded the Heisman Trophy favorite, had the Trojans awfully close to qualifying for the national championship postseason. But a 47-24 loss to the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 Championship game put a dent in their title hopes.
Williams has completed 66.1 percent of his pass attempts for 4,075 yards and 37 touchdowns against just four interceptions this season. His skill level is so high that former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton even suggested that the NFL could implement a draft lottery sustem.
USC, wrapping up their first season under head coach Lincoln Riley, will play Tulane in the Cotton Bowl in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.