A look at how it all happened Saturday:
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 37, USC 14. The Trojans were dealt a triple blow all on one play — their top defensive player, linebacker Gastin Porter, was ejected for a targeting penalty on a hit that knocked Ehlinger’s helmet off. Texas went on to score a touchdown for the 23-14 lead and now Porter will miss the first half of next week’s game. Caden Sterns blocked Chase McGrath’s 50-yard field goal attempt and the ensuing touchdown return to make it 30-14 pretty much put this game away.
Texas: Joshua Moore 27-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 10:45)
Texas: Anthony Wheeler 46-yard blocked field goal return (Dicker kick, 6:25)
Texas: Ehlinger 4-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:42)
Final: Texas 37, USC 14. Things settled down after the Longhorns’ flurry of scores over the previous two quarters — six straight scores that went unanswered. Freshman safety B.J. Foster had the hit of the game, but also was ejected for targeting on the play; he’ll miss the first half of the TCU game. USC’s last real shots at points came with 4 minutes left, with a third-and-7 at Texas’ 24. But the Trojans went backward and ended up with nothing.
First downs: Texas 25, USC 16
Rushes-yards: Texas 48-160, USC 16-(-5)
Passing: Texas 234, USC 322
Comp-Att-Int: Texas 16-34-0, USC 30-48-1
Return Yards: Texas 1-24, USC 4-77
Punts-Avg.: Texas 4-36.2, USC 6-31.0
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 0-0, USC 0-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 7-86, USC 10-99
Time of Possession: Texas 34:38, USC 25:22
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 15-33-223, 2/0; Jerrod Heard 1-1-11, 0/0. USC — Daniels 30-48-322, 0/1
RUSHING: Texas — Watson 18-72, Young 12-57, Ehlinger 17-35. USC — Carr 6-13, Ware 4-8, Malepeai 2-3, St. Brown 1-(-3), Daniels 3-(-26)
RECEIVING: Texas — Johnson 6-79, Humphrey 4-84-1, Beck 2-25, Moore 1-27-1, Ehlinger 1-11, Duvernay 1-9, Jamison 1-(-1). USC — St. Brown 9-167, Jones 4-71, Vaughns 4-36, Pittman 4-16, Sidney 2-12, Petite 2-9, Carr 2-7, Falo 2-6, Malepeai 1-(-2)