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#4 USC Pulls Off 27-24 Comeback Victory Over Texas In 2OT

17 September, 2017, 10:05 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Southern California running back Ronald Jones II center celebrates his touchdown with Toa Lobendahn right and Chuma Edoga during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford Saturday Sept. 9 2017 in Los Angeles. (AP

All week, the talk leading into Texas visiting USC on Saturday night focused on the past.

USC's defense forced just one turnovers in its first two games, an interception by safety Marvell Tell late in its win against Western Michigan.

But given the circumstances, it's hard to have asked for anything more than what the Trojans and Longhorns delivered this time. It's always up to Darnold's heroics, as he led the Trojans to a last-second field goal Saturday night to force overtime.

The journey to get there proved to be full of surprising twists. Texas coach Tom Herman has a reputation as a big-game coach in his short career. USC stopped Texas on fourth-and-two at the Trojans' 17.

USC holds a 4-1 series edge over Texas. USC is giving up 27.5 points per game, allowing 5.6 yards per play and has been vulnerable to the run (216.5 rushing yards per contest). USC's continued strong play has also bolstered its position on the national championship odds, where it trails only Alabama as a +600 bet to claim its first national title since 2004.

It bounced off his hands, up into the air and into the hands of DeShon Elliott.

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. But perhaps not as much as the last minute of the second half.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold found Jalen Greene open across the field and hit him in stride.

LOS ANGELES Porter Gustin, USC's junior outside linebacker, had surgery on Wednesday to have two screws implanted in a fracture in his big toe.

Ehlinger's coaches and teammates were thrilled with his effort after the game. Carrington has lived up to the hype after transferring from OR, tying for No. 6 in the country with 128 receiving yards per game and trying for No. 11 with 17 receptions.

The Longhorns were down late, but took the lead with less than a minute remaining on a 17-yard touchdown from Sam Ehlinger to Armanti Foreman. Even with a 1-1 start, the squad has scored 97 points in two games. Texas mostly stuffed the run, and outside of the final moments of each half, it came up with the plays needed to give its true freshman quarterback a chance to win a high-profile road game. With uncertainty at quarterback and questions on defense, the Longhorns will need a quantum leap to pull off the upset in L.A. Freshman Sam Ehlinger started against San Jose State and is more of a dual threat.

The Longhorns have an off week before a Thursday night game at Iowa State, a potential trap spot.

USC can breathe a sigh of relief, its playoff hopes suffering little or no damage. There will be no 12-year wait this time.

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