Nov 11, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) walks off the field after a game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It was a little less than a year ago that Caleb Williams took to Instagram to celebrate USC’s 48-45 win over rival UCLA.

“I run LA,” Williams captioned a picture of himself celebrating the Trojans’ victory. “YA THE NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN #fucla.”

But after the Bruins upset USC at the Rose Bowl this past Saturday, UCLA quarterback Ethan Garbers opted to repay the favor.

Taking to his own Instagram account, Garbers posted a series of pictures of himself during the Bruins’ 38-20 win. And in doing so, the junior signal-caller posted an awfully familiar caption.

“I run LA,” Garbers wrote. “YA THE NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN #fusc.”

Following a strong start to his second season at USC, in which he appeared poise to threaten Archie Griffin’s status as the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Williams and the Trojans’ season has come off the rails. Following its loss to UCLA on Saturday, USC fell to 7-5, with some questioning whether Williams will be the No. 1 pick of the 2024 NFL Draft, as many have long presumed he’d be.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has also come under fire for his reactions following the Trojans’ losses, including an emotional outburst following USC’s defeat at the hands of Washington and the star quarterback not speaking to the media following Saturday’s loss to the Bruins. With USC having finished its regular season having lost five of its final six games, it remains to be seen whether Williams will play in a potential Trojans’ bowl game or if he’s played the final game of his college career.

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About Ben Axelrod

Ben Axelrod is a veteran of the sports media landscape, having most recently worked for NBC's Cleveland affiliate, WKYC. Prior to his time in Cleveland, he covered Ohio State football and the Big Ten for outlets including Cox Media Group, Bleacher Report, Scout and Rivals.