USC Rose Bowl rematch goes to overtime after bonkers final minute

Texas at USC - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

With several punts, a missed USC field goal and two Texas turnovers, the game stayed scoreless until the final moments of the second quarter, when both teams found life.

Alright, so it was just Texas. And it was USC.

This wasn't a bad sequel to the first game between Texas and USC since the Longhorns beat USC for the BCS Championship following the 2005 season. But Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was smiling ear-to-ear on Saturday night.

Texas now enters the off week with a shot of adrenaline, although Herman knows he's still got a quarterback decision to make.

Otherwise, Matt Leinart would be in his 12th season in the National Football League right now, as a multi-time Pro Bowler, and Young would be challenging Tom Brady as the most accomplished quarterback of all-time. The Trojans struggled much like they did in their first game of the season against Western Michigan.

It starts with Darnold. But Greene couldn't catch the pass.

Texas (1-2) scored its first offensive touchdown of the game with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.

Just look at the QB position. He leads Texas in scoring with two interception returns for touchdowns and another score on a blocked kick return.

Nobody was saying the guy with the 56% completion rate and 15 interceptions in 2016 was a ideal pro prospect, and nor was all the preseason hype his fault, but it's been a case of opportunity missed for the likely first round quarterback. Darnold is cut from the same cloth.

Texas had knotted the score only two players earlier on a Pick 6, when safety DeShon Elliott intercepted a pass by Darnold, returning it 38 yards for a touchdown.

The tying points at the end of fourth quarter and winning points at the end of the second overtime were supplied by freshman kicker Chase McGrath, who, before this game, hadn't even attempted a college field goal.

But that didn't matter on the final play. Freshman Sam Ehlinger started against San Jose State and is more of a dual threat.

That's when another star of the day, the Trojans' defense, stepped up.

Darnold dropped back, bought some time and space by stepping around the Texas pressure and then fired to Jones near the Longhorns' 30-yard line.

But on fourth down, McGrath's 46-yard attempt was wide left.

Defensively, USC was great.

The touchdown came two plays after Ehlinger hit Foreman for an 11-yard completion on a 4th-and-10.

Later McGrath's heroics would be needed in the second overtime, as USC's Christian Rector forced a fumble close at the Texas goal line to give the Trojans the ball back.

The Longhorns threatened earlier in the quarter, but Marvell Tell's interception snuffed out Texas' red-zone opportunity. "All the things in this game that we messed up are fixable". Herman is a product of the Los Angeles suburbs, growing up in Simi Valley and playing receiver at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.

The Longhorns came with a feisty defensive effort, paced by linebacker Anthony Wheeler, who finished the half with six tackles, three tackles for a loss and a sack. Other than USC providing a big target for the Longhorns. The Tigers are just happy to finally be back to football after an open date with Hurricane Irma canceling last week's game at Central Florida.

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