It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas is leading No. 22 USC, 16-14.
The Longhorns are favored by a field goal tonight.
This one is lacking the offensive fireworks that the 2017 matchup gave us in Los Angeles, but it’s looking just as tight as that one, which ended up going two overtimes.
The crowd showed up. We haven’t gotten an attendance number yet, but we haven’t seen Royal-Memorial Stadium filled like this since the 2016 opener against Notre Dame. Both teams have shown up to play, too.
Texas opened in a hurry-up offense, with Sam Ehlinger finding Collin Johnson for quick 15- and 20-yard gains on the Longhorns’ first two plays. Johnson, who had the huge game in Los Angeles in last year’s USC game (7 catches for 191 yards) has been active tonight. He’s been targeted six times and has 3 catches for 43 yards. He had four targets on that opening drive.
USC’s JT Daniels is playing like you’d expect a freshman who was the national high school player of the year. He’s 16 of 27 for 199 yards and an interception. He’s been sacked once.
The Trojans won the first quarter, taking a 14-3 lead. But the Longhorns shut USC out in the second.
And the star of the game so far: Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker, who’s kicked three first-half field goals of 20, 46 and 46 yards.
How it’s all gone down so far:
USC 14, Texas 3. The Trojans sandwiched a punt with two touchdown drives and accumulated 129 yards of offense. Both touchdowns were runs, but it was freshman quarterback JT Daniels who was the star; he completed passes to seven different Trojans. Texas got on the scoreboard as Cameron Dicker booted the first field goal of his career. That UT scoring drive, however, was a bit disappointing as the Horns had first-and-goal at the 8 but failed to get it into the end zone on two runs and a pass.
USC: Stephen Carr 23-yard run (Chase McGrath kick, 10:48)
Texas: Cameron Dicker 2-yard field goal, 6:19
USC: Vavae Malepeai 3-yard run (McGrath kick, :33)
Halftime: Texas 16, USC 14. A pair of field goals from Dicker followed a brilliant touchdown catch by Lil’Jordan Humphrey, whose spin move left a USC defensive back in his tracks on the way to a 47-yard score. The Longhorns escaped disaster on a near safety that had to be reviewed, and Kris Boyd picked off JT Daniels.
Texas: Lil’Jordan Humphrey 47-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 13:23)
Texas: Dicker 46-yard field goal, 10:39
Texas: Dicker 46-yard field goal, 0:00
Texas will get the ball to start the second half.
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