Sam Darnold, USC Outlast Texas 27-24 in OT Thriller Behind Chase McGrath FG

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USC transient Saturday’s showdown opposite Texas with a 27-24 feat in double overtime interjection to Chase McGrath’s game-winning 43-yard margin goal. 

In a initial assembly between these dual ancestral programs given a 2006 Rose Bowl, when Vince Young carried a Longhorns to a inhabitant title, USC extended a winning strain to 11 loyal games behind quarterback Sam Darnold‘s season-high 397 flitting yards and 3 touchdowns. 

Texas loyal beginner quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Foreman with 45 seconds left in a fourth entertain to take a 17-14 lead had Texas on a verge of a intolerable dissapoint over a fourth-ranked group in a nation.  

USC went into conflict mode, perplexing to keep a ideal record this deteriorate intact. Darnold led a Trojans 52 yards to set up McGrath’s game-tying 31-yard margin idea as time lapsed in regulation.

Darnold’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett on a initial play of overtime put USC right behind on top, 24-17, and put a vigour behind on Ehlinger. 

Needing only 4 plays, Ehlinger found Cade Brewer for a three-yard measure to lift it to a second overtime tied during 24. 

USC defensive finish Christian Rector finished a outrageous play on Texas’ possession in a second overtime, stripping Ehlinger on a Longhorns’ 3-yard line. The Trojans recovered, environment adult McGrath’s heroics to finish a game. 

Darnold’s turnover problems continued in this game, as he threw dual interceptions for a third loyal week. He was means to make adult for those miscues interjection to his late heroics in a fourth entertain and overtime. 

Even yet Darnold’s altogether numbers didn’t demeanour great, Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register did note a USC star wasn’t removing a lot of assistance from his far-reaching receivers:

The whole dash of a diversion altered in a final 3 mins of a initial half. Both teams were struggling to pierce a round and had been kept off a scoreboard adult to that point.

USC finally pennyless by with 2:40 remaining in a second entertain when Darnold found Deontay Burnett in a behind of a finish zone for a superb touchdown catch. 

It seemed as if USC would be means to harmonise itself in a second half and keep rolling. The invulnerability forced a Texas punt on a indirect expostulate with only 30 seconds left, though Darnold non-stop a doorway for a Longhorns with a turnover and a DeShon Elliott pick-six:

The first-half fad still wasn’t finished. Velus Jones Jr. returned a kickoff 37 yards to USC’s 38 with 10 seconds left. After a six-yard run by Ronald Jones II, Darnold scrambled to find his star using behind for a 56-yard measure aided by a outrageous retard from far-reaching receiver Steven Mitchell Jr.

All of that led to USC holding a 14-7 lead during halftime. It was a spectacle Texas kept a diversion that tighten given a Longhorns were outgained, 239-90, authorised some-more than 19 mins in time of possession and had dual turnovers in a opening 30 minutes. 

Justin Wells of Inside Texas also supposing this statistical gob from a initial half:

Texas gave a start to Ehlinger, his second in as many weeks. He was using all over a place many of a game, perplexing to shun a clutches of USC’s invulnerability after being taken down behind a line of struggle 3 plays in a quarrel in a second quarter. 

Ehlinger did all in his energy to keep Texas in a game. He finished 21-of-40 for 298 yards with dual touchdowns and dual interceptions notwithstanding saying unchanging vigour from a extreme and relentless Trojans front seven. 

One reason a Longhorns hung around in this diversion notwithstanding what a stats uncover is a defense’s ability to hook though breaking.

Texas also contained USC’s two-headed rushing beast of Jones and Stephen Carr. That twin total for 235 rushing yards final week opposite Stanford, with both players going over a 100-yard mark. 

Against a Longhorns, Jones and Carr had 75 yards on 27 carries. They did minister in a flitting diversion with 98 yards on 4 receptions. USC averaged just 1.9 yards per lift in a game. The Texas invulnerability also stopped USC three different times on fourth-down attempts. 

Trailing 14-10 in a final notation of a third quarter, Texas conduct manager Tom Herman attempted to lift a quick one when punter Michael Dickson took off for 14 yards on 4th-and-4, though a play was called behind due to a holding penalty. 

The Longhorns had another special teams fumble of a opposite arrange when Reggie Hemphill-Maps attempted to lapse a punt from USC’s 2-yard line that was pressed right away. 

Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com did not like Texas’ proceed on special teams:

Later on a indirect drive, Ehlinger was astounded by a snap from a shotgun on 3rd-and-1. He picked a round adult nearby his possess finish section and threw it divided to equivocate a bigger disaster, though a miscue did force Texas to punt. 

Darnold’s second interception of a diversion gave Texas new life. The Trojans standout simply overthrew his aim and a round went into a watchful arms of Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott, who returned it to USC’s 30-yard line. 

Texas’ descent struggles and Ehlinger’s unawareness continued to uncover when Marvell Tell III stepped in front of a pass to get USC a round behind 4 plays later. 

As Dustin McComas of OrangeBloods.com noted, a small things were not operative for Texas on this night:

Texas got one final possibility to redeem itself with a expostulate starting during a possess 9-yard line with 4:53 remaining in a fourth quarter. Ehlinger took dual large shots downfield, next on a second one when Collin Johnson won a burst round for a benefit of 47 yards down to a USC 25. 

Three loyal incompletions by Ehlinger set adult a 4th-and-10 to confirm a game. He finally connected with Foreman for 11 yards to keep a expostulate alive. They found any other again dual plays after for a go-ahead score. 

Ehlinger warranted his share of fans for his opening Saturday night:

Herman and a Longhorns won’t be happy to take a dignified victory, as he pronounced after a game, generally given it drops their record to 1-2. 

“There are no dignified victories in college football…but to be in a position to win a diversion says a lot during how most we’ve grown,” Herman said, via Bryan D. Fischer of College Football Talk. 

Despite not removing to a tip of a towering Saturday, Texas is relocating in a right direction. 

USC still needs to seaside adult elements of a diversion if it hopes to plea for a playoff mark this season. Darnold will mostly daunt with his play, though 6 interceptions in 3 games is a lot for one of a nation’s best quarterbacks to have. 

The Trojans were also entrance off a romantic high of winning Stanford, 42-24, final week. A slight win over Texas is only what they indispensable to remind themselves how most work is left to be finished this season. 

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