The state of Texas has been very unkind to the Trojans lately. Tonight’s game just further proved just that. USC Trojans came into Austin, Texas looking to rebound from last weeks loss to Stanford. Instead they came into DKR Memorial Stadium and were promptly blown out by the Texas Longhorns .
USC started the game off with some momentum, reaching the end zone twice and taking a 14-3 lead. From there Texas go on a 13-0 run thanks to two Cameron Dicker field goals. Some controversy struck after Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was sacked in the end zone, however the Big 12 replay officials never overturned the original official call which was that the ball was over the goal line. That was then followed by a roughing the kicker penalty on Talanoa Hufanga which gave the Longhorns a new set of downs. Texas took a 16-14 lead into the half.
The second half would see things go from bad to worse. It started with a targeting penalty called on Porter Gustin that ejected him for the remainder of the game. After that Texas would score on that same drive. USC senior corner Iman Marshall would force a fumble to give the Trojans the ball back just as Texas threatened to score. It would then be followed by a JT Daniels deep ball pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown to put USC into plus territory. The promising drive would turn into another Texas touchdown as the Longhorns would block Chase McGrath’s 50 yard field goal and return it to make the score 37-14.
Freshman quarterback JT Daniels was 30-48 for 322 and one pick. Once again he failed to throw for a touchdown pass but showed a lot of promise. The biggest glaring issue was the rushing game as Texas outrushed the Trojans 147 to -5.
Right now there are a lot of questions that needs to be answered for the Trojans moving forward. Their next game comes on Friday night as they return to the Coliseum to face the Washington State Cougars.