Texas 0, USC 0. Both teams averaged better than 45 points a game heading into this game, and both the Longhorns and Trojans had scoring opportunities. But the defenses stole the spotlight, especially Texas’, which made two fourth-down stops, including a stuff of Ronald Jones near the goal line. Sam Ehlinger got his second career start and threw an interception and lost a fumble.
Halftime: USC 14, Texas 7. The Trojans finally broke through with Deontay Burnett’s third touchdown of the season; he made a diving catch in the back of the end zone that was upheld on the replay. Then each team scored unexpected touchdowns in the final 30 seconds — a pick-six from DeShon Elliott and a long catch-and-run score by Ronald Jones II on the final play. Texas had 1 net rushing yard at the break.
USC: Deontay Burnett 15-yard pass from Sam Darnold (Chase McGrath kick, 2:06)
UT: DeShon Elliott 38-yard interception return (Joshua Rowland kick, :19)
USC: Ronald Jones II 56-yard pass from Darnold (McGrath kick, :00)
USC 14, Texas 10. The Longhorns opened the half with a 12-yard play that was capped by Joshua Rowland’s first field goal as a Longhorn; he had missed his three previous attempts this season from 42, 43 and 44 yards but connected from 39 against the Trojans. Texas nearly got another big special teams play, but Michael Dickson’s fake punt run for a first down was wiped out by a holding call on P.J. Locke III, his lead blocker.
UT: Joshua Rowland 39-yard field goal (9:30)
End of regulation: Texas 17, USC 17. Elliott’s second interception of the game put Texas in position to threaten for a score, but Ehlinger threw an interception. Fans probably didn’t like the no-call on an apparent facemask on Ehlinger right before the throw, but TV replays showed it was a good no-call. Another defensive stop gave Texas a shot, trailing 14-10 with 5:14 left and starting at its own 9, and Ehlinger responded with an impressive drive and touchdown with 45 seconds to go. But Sam Darnold drove the Trojans for a game-tying, overtime-forcing field goal as time expired.
UT: Armanti Foreman 17-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Rowland kick, :45)
USC: McGrath 31-yard field goal (:00)
Final: USC 27, Texas 24. The Trojans made quick work of their first drive, scoring on their very first play. Ehlinger escaped another tough scenario — second and 20 — to eventually find Cade Brewer for the 24-24 tie. But Ehlinger was stripped on Texas’ second OT possession, setting up USC’s winning kick.
USC: Burnett 25-yard pass from Darnold (McGrath kick)
UT: Cade Brewer 3-yard pass from Ehlinger (Rowland kick)
USC: McGrath 43-yard field goal
First downs: Texas 17, USC 25
Rushes-yards: Texas 35-68, USC 37-71
Passing yards: Texas 298, USC 397
Comp-Att-Int: Texas 21-40-2, USC 28-51-2
Return Yards: Texas 85, USC 88
Punts-Avg.: Texas 7-38.42, USC 6-38.0
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 2-2, USC 0-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 10-73, USC 8-49
Time of Possession: Texas 27:14, USC 32:46
RUSHING: Texas, Warren 4-15, Hemphill-Mapps 2-14, Heard 4-11, Ehlinger 19-10, Foreman 1-9, Porter 5-9. USC, R. Jones 18-47, S.Carr 9-28, Malepeai 4-8, Darnold 6-(minus 12)
PASSING: Texas, Ehlinger 21-40-2-298. USC, Darnold 28-49-2-397, (Team) 0-2-0-0
RECEIVING: Texas, C.Johnson 7-191, Foreman 5-38, Humphrey 2-24, Joe 2-15, Hemphill-Mapps 2-13, Warren 1-11, Leonard 1-3, Brewer 1-3. USC, Burnett 8-123, Mitchell 6-90, Vaughns 4-25, S.Carr 3-42, Petite 2-21, R.Jones 1-56, Greene 1-23, Lewis 1-12, V.Jones 1-9, Malepeai 1-(minus 4)
MISSED FIELD GOALS: USC, McGrath 46
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