Star quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns while true freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath drilled two clutch field goals - the first two made field goals of his career - as the Trojans claimed the narrow victory.
USC's defense came up big all night and did so again in overtime, forcing a turnover to set up the game-winning field goal in double overtime.
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This game was expected to be a shootout but turned out to be a defensive slugfest. Close throughout, Texas looked like they were going to steal a win after taking a 17-14 lead with less than a minute to play.
However, Darnold led the Trojans down the field and put them in position to kick a field goal to send the game into overtime, where the two sides traded touchdowns before USC won it.
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.
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Texas' defense, which was ranked among the worst units in the country coming into this game, easily had their best performance in some time. Cornerback DeShon Elliott picked off Darnold twice, including that pick six, to spearhead a great defensive effort for the Longhorns.
The offense did not return the favor. True freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger played well in overtime but finished just 21/40 passing and turned the ball over three times. Wide receiver Collin Johnson was easily their most explosive option, catching seven passes for 191 yards. The Longhorns were also never able to establish anything on the ground as no one rushed for more than 15 yards.Back to the USC Trojans Newsfeed