LOS ANGELES — This was no supplement of their aged Hollywood classical from a decade ago, with a brightest stars on both sidelines and dual of a game’s most-storied programs putting on an memorable show.
But this reconstitute had copiousness of large moments, an eventually gratifying follow-up for anyone who wanted to see USC and Texas again during a core of a inhabitant showcase.
Chase McGrath, a walk-on beginner kicker from circuitously Orange County, booted dual vicious margin goals including a 43-yarder in a second overtime to lift fourth-ranked USC to an stirring 27-24 feat over Texas on Saturday night.
It was a initial assembly between a dual teams given Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush perplexed a republic in their 2006 inhabitant championship diversion during a Rose Bowl that finished with a Longhorns finale USC’s 34-game winning strain for their initial inhabitant pretension in 36 years.
It was Ehlinger’s initial start on a highway and his fresh showed early, with his initial 3 security finished with a turnover on downs, an interception, and a fumble. He didn’t get most assistance either, with comparison left tackle Connor Williams — arguably a Horns’ best actor — withdrawal a diversion in a initial entertain since of a knee injury.
But Ehlinger done adequate plays to keep it close, squirting out of risk usually adequate — he was sacked 5 times and strike large times some-more — to keep a Trojans off-balance.
He led a Longhorns on a startling 14-play, 91-yard expostulate that finished with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Foreman that gave a Longhorns their initial — and usually — lead of a night.
“We wouldn’t wish it any other way,” Ehlinger pronounced about that final drive. “We were excited.”
Darnold, who threw dual some-more picks, both to Texas reserve DeShon Elliott, finished with 397 yards flitting and 3 touchdowns. One of those picks was returned 38 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds left in a initial half, a Longhorns’ usually touchdown of a game’s initial 59 minutes. For Darnold, it gave him something else to work on before streamer to Cal in Week 4.
“We schooled a lot of things about the offense,” Darnold said. “Good things, we got to figure out and learn from.”