USC gets revenge, beats Texas in Rose Bowl rematch

USC sophomore defensive lineman Christian Rector then stripped the ball from Ehlinger, and junior cornerback Ajene Harris recovered the fumble.

As McGrath's kick snuck through the right upright, he turned around and ran back toward the west end zone of the Coliseum. With five seconds left at their own 38-yard line, Darnold threw short of the end zone to Jones at around the 20. So I went in there for extra help, to try to pull the quarterback or strip him.

They had just given up the lead and done so in a stunning, confidence-shaking manner. I think the defense was excited to go back out because they were having fun out there. If not for Love running behind that bruising offensive line (184 yards and two scores), things could have been even worse for the one-time title dark horse.

"Obviously, it felt wonderful", Chase McGrath, our hero kicker, said in the Coliseum tunnel afterward as he eyed a hero sandwich in the post-game buffet. "There's no moral victories like I said".

But then USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who hadn't played up to par up to then, led his team down for a game-tying field goal.

USC led 7-0 late in the second half, but the Trojans threw a confounding pick-six to Texas defensive back DeShon Elliott in the last half-minute.

USC tried to drive to put the game away, but penalties and a sack pushed it back, and it punted to the Longhorns with 5:14 left.

Instead, the Longhorns had to settle for a really great showing, respect from USC and opposing QB Sam Darnold, and conversation about the turnaround job expected under Tom Herman.

The Texas offense had it no easier, finishing with 68 yards on 35 carries.

Was this a turning point for the Texas Longhorns?

"Credit to [head coach Tom] Herman", head coach Clay Helton said. Ronald Jones II rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown, taking his TD tally to the ninth consecutive game. On fourth-and-10 at the USC 28, he found Armanti Foreman over the middle for 11 yards. Will that game be a battle of Top 10 teams in the third week of the 2018 season?

The 17 combined points scored in overtime were only outdone by the burst of points registered in the waning moments of the first half.

The entirety of the first half's scoring came in the final 2:40, with a flurry of action capping an opening two quarters defined by stingy defense and offensive miscues.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold managed to move the ball down the field in seconds, punctuating the drive with a jump pass that is sure to make highlight reels to come.

But on fourth down, McGrath's 46-yard attempt was wide left.

Darnold responded in the clutch, driving the Trojans into field-goal range with two seconds remaining.

Sledding was not any easier for the Texas offense. Wide receiver Collin Johnson caught a 48-yard pass from Ehlinger on the Longhorns' first play from scrimmage, setting them up in scoring territory for the first and only time in the half.

USC was first on the scoreboard when Darnold hit Burnett for a touchdown, moving ahead, 7-0, with less than three minutes remaining. USC hasn't won an overtime game since 2001. USC DE Porter Gustin will have an MRI later in the week for the biceps injury that sidelined him.

  • Kyle Peterson