What a classic game! Many thought this would be a comfortable win for the Trojans but it turned out to be a hard-fought thriller with USC coming out on top.
The USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns clashed in their first meeting since that historic Rose Bowl in 2006. Unlike that game 11 years ago, this game was dominated by defense, penalties, 4th down calls, and a wild change of events late in the 2nd quarter, oh and not to mention some 4th quarter heroics. when Texas took a pick six to tie the game, only for USC to score off a Sam Darnold to Ronald Jones II pass with no time left in the half.
However, late in the 4th Quarter, Texas freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger led Texas down the field and converted two 4th down conversions to keep the Longhorns drive alive. Texas scored off a Ehlinger to Foreman touchdown to put Texas up 17-14. Sam Darnold managed to lead the Trojans down the field to set up a Chase McGrath game tying field goal to force the Game into Overtime.
USC started with the ball in Overtime where they scored on the first play thanks to Sam Darnold’s pass to Deontay Burnett. Texas wouldn’t have instant success but managed to respond to tie the game at 24. In the second overtime USC’s Christian Rector forced a fumble close to the Texas goal line to give the Trojans the ball back. USC’s walk on kicker Chase McGrath connected on a 43 yard field goal to give USC the win 27-24. This was USC’s first overtime win since 2001.
The Trojans improve to 3-0 (1-0) and extend their winning streak to 12 games.
USC’s next game will be on the road as they take on the Cal Bears. Game is at 12:30 PM PT on ABC/ESPN/ESPN 2.