USC quarterback Caleb Williams paints his nails before every game. Sometimes it’s for extra motivation in a game, sometimes it’s to raise awareness for a cause.
Friday’s Pac-12 Championship game against Utah was no different. Before the game, a camera caught his nails pregame with the message, “F--- Utah.”
Unfortunately for Williams and USC, the Utes pounded them in the second half en route to a 47-24 victory behind stellar performances from quarterback Cam Rising and an underdog Utah squad.
Rising and running back Ja’Quinden Jackson were asked postgame if they saw Williams’s nails. The reporter tried to stay safe for work in describing the message written, but Rising said it anyway.
“It said f--- Utah on there?” Rising asked.
Jackson interjected quickly with, “That’s cute.”
Then Rising continued:
“What the f---? I don’t give a s---. It is what it is, you know? You can do whatever you want, put whatever you want on your nails. I’m not gonna judge you for whatever you do. But yeah, um, I hope he liked it.”
Also after the game, Utah football’s official Twitter account trolled Williams with a doctored photo of the USC quarterback’s hands with “back” written on both sets of his fingernails to imply “Back to back champions.”