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Once again, Texas was back… and then they weren’t.

The Longhorns took a lead with 45 seconds left in the game, as wide receiver Armanti Foreman was able to stay inbounds to complete the touchdown to give Texas the 17-14 lead. However, USC immediately drove right back down the field, as quarterback Sam Darnold put the team in position to tie the game with a field goal as time expired.

USC opened overtime with a big punch to Texas: a 25-yard touchdown pass from Darnold on the very first place. However, true freshman Sam Ehlinger continued the magic for Texas, leading the Longhorn response with a touchdown to even things up after the first time.

Texas continued in that same vein to open the second overtime, with Ehlinger looking like a veteran quarterback instead of one making his first start against a Top 5 opponent. However, disaster struck for Texas as Ehlinger fumbled at the goal line thanks to a violent strip attempt from USC’s Christian Rector.

Texas’s defense then forced a fourth down from USC on their turn in the second overtime, but freshman kicker Chase MacGrath was able to win the game with the 42-yard from the right hash mark. USC wins, 27-24.

USC stays undefeated, while Texas falls to 1-2. The good news for Texas: they may not be “back” with a huge upset, but they did put up a helluva fight and that was a sign of progress for Tom Herman compared to the team’s opener against Maryland.

No. 4 USC holds off Texas in overtime slugfest to stay undefeated Clippit/Screenshot
Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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