USC 27, Texas 24 (2 OT): 3 Things That Matter
Check out 3 Things That Matter about the amazing 27-24 USC double-overtime win over Texas
USC 27, Texas 24 (2OT)
1. The Sam Darnold experience
It gets lost that this is still just his 13th start, but he played like a seasoned veteran – again.
He threw two picks including the one for a touchdown – it wasn’t his fault – but he also made the big play for the touchdown at the end of the first half as time ran out, led the way to the game-tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation, threw a strike in the first overtime for a touchdown, and threw another laser for what should’ve been a game-winning TD in the second OT.
Calm and cool, he did it. He managed to come away with the brilliant win completing 28-of-49 passes for 397 yards and three scores with the two picks.
If he didn’t separate himself from the pack among NFL types after this performance, nothing will.
2. The Sam Ehlinger experience
The Texas defense came up with a gem – especially considering how rocky it’s been to start the year – but for Texas, it has its quarterback.
Shane Buechele is terrific, but there’s a reason why Tom Herman was hyping up his new recruit this offseason.
Sam Ehlinger might be a true freshman thrown into a charged up environment on the biggest of stages, but he almost pulled out the massive upset.
Yeah, there was the fumble at the end, but whatever – he played his guts out, throwing for 298 yards and two touchdowns and two picks. He did this without any running game to help him out, and now the Longhorns have reason to come away from this thinking they might have something special under center.
3. Okay, now what?
That’s one, and now it’s time to move on for USC. Without a bye week, the Trojans have to blow this off, and then get ready for road games at Cal and Washington State.
There’s still a trip to Notre Dame to deal with, and going to Colorado will be tough, but now the team has been tested. Now it knows it can pull battles out of the fire.
Texas might be 1-2, but it doesn’t matter. The Longhorns proved they can actually play a little defense, and they showed they’ll be more than just a speed bump in Big 12 play. Now, if they can keep playing like this, the conference race won’t just be about Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU.