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.