No. 4 USC survives Texas in 2 OTs

Jenna Warner
September 19, 2017

Other discussion points include Sam Darnold's ability to win games late, his stats, his Heisman candidacy, the atmosphere at the Coliseum and the insane end to the first half that included a successful check down on a Hail Mary.

Texas falls to 1-2 on the season and USC is 3-0. It was then the Longhorns' first offensive touchdown, and the first time the Trojans trailed.

Ehlinger passed for 298 yards and led a 91-yard, go-ahead TD drive late in regulation for the Longhorns (1-2), who were narrowly denied a huge win early in coach Tom Herman's debut season. Collin Johnson and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps have combined for 291 receiving yards and one touchdown while Armanti Foreman has 10 receptions. Historically the Trojans are 4-0 against the Longhorns, with one loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record, 4-1.

McGrath, with five seconds left, hit a 31-yard field goal, his first collegiate field goal, to tie the game at 17 points apiece.

"To me, he is one of the better quarterbacks in the nation", Texas linebacker Naashon Hughes said. "Anytime you get the chance to get on the field it so fun".

Well, if you searched for that offense in 2017's game, you would come up unsuccessful.

Freeman ran for 157 yards on 30 carries and turned a screen pass into a 50-yard gain.

UT's Sam Ehlinger, top, is sacked by Southern California defensive lineman Christian Rector in the first half Saturday night.

Darnold finished 28 of 49 for 397 yards. Gustin entered Saturday as a game-time decision, as he underwent surgery for a broken toe on Wednesday.

Gustin did not return for the second half, though, emerging from the locker room in a sweatshirt and shorts, with his right foot in a walking boot.

The momentum shift would not last long, however.

Ronald Jones II helped Darnold carry the load with 103 yards of total offense and a touchdown right before halftime while wide receiver Deontay Burnett also had a solid game with eight catches for 124 yards and two scores. Cornerback DeShon Elliott picked off Darnold twice, including that pick six, to spearhead a great defensive effort for the Longhorns. Elliott returned it untouched down the sideline to tie the score, 7-7, with 19 seconds remaining in the half. "They lined up in that formation the second time".

That was the Longhorns' first offensive touchdown of the game. The USC Trojans have won 11 straight home games.

"It was supposed be a Hail Mary", Mitchell said.

McGrath's second field goal in the second overtime arrived after a Texas turnover.

The Texas defense held strong the entire game. We practiced hard all week. "To keep us in the game the way that they did is a real testament to them".

The pressure Texas applied Darnold showed early.

Herman stuck with Sam Ehlinger even though Shane Buechele (shoulder) was available, albeit not 100 percent.

Colorado 41, Northern Colorado 21: Steven Montez threw for a career-high 357 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Buffaloes beat the Bears 41-21 in the first meeting between the schools since 1934.

Darnold's two interceptions didn't do the Trojans any favors, but he made big plays in key moments to put his team in position to win, which is the most important part of playing the game's most important position.

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