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No. 4 USC rallies for double-overtime win over Texas, 27-24

LOS ANGELES (AP) Deep into the fourth quarter, Southern California and Texas played a defense-dominated, turnover-plagued game that had none of the poetry or flair of these powerhouse programs' last meeting in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

Then the offenses finally found their stride. Texas' freshman quarterback led a gutsy 91-yard touchdown march in the final minutes of regulation. USC answered with a desperate drive to force overtime.

By the time walk-on Chase McGrath hit a walk-off field goal, this famed matchup definitely had its mojo back.

Sam Darnold passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns, and USC's freshman kicker hit a 43-yard field goal to end the No. 4 Trojans' thrilling 27-24 victory over the Longhorns on Saturday night.

Vince Young and Matt Leinart were the quarterbacks for Texas' 41-38 victory in that famous Rose Bowl matchup 12 seasons ago, and they watched every twist in this sequel from the Coliseum stands.

Darnold and his Trojans (3-0) earned their own memorable win by outlasting a Texas offense led by Sam Ehlinger, the freshman from Austin who nearly engineered a huge win early in coach Tom Herman's debut season with Texas (1-2).

''It's good to get a great win against such a great Texas team,'' Darnold said. ''We gave it all we had. They gave it all they had. It was just a great win for our guys. We learned a lot of things about our offense. Good things, and things we've got to figure out.''

Christian Rector made the biggest defensive play in a game full of them, forcing a goal-line fumble by stripping the ball from Ehlinger in the second OT. McGrath then coolly ended it with the second field goal of his college career.

USC has won 12 consecutive games and 12 straight at home.

''We had to finish strong, and that's what we did,'' said USC receiver Deontay Burnett, who caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Ehlinger passed for 298 yards for the Longhorns, who fell agonizingly short in a sold-out Coliseum.

''It's amazing how many mistakes you can overcome with attitude and effort, and we made our fair share of them,'' Herman said. ''Turned the ball over four times, had issues with the snap, a couple of costly calls that didn't go our way, but our guys kept fighting.''

The Longhorns seemed headed to the upset when Ehlinger hit Armanti Foreman with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left. But after Darnold drove the Trojans 52 yards in about 30 seconds, McGrath tied it with his first career field goal.

''The plays down the stretch by Sam and Deontay, I don't know if I'll ever forget in my life,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''You hope for perfect execution, and that's what we got.''

Burnett caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Darnold on the first snap of overtime, shaking Leinart's hand in the back of the end zone to celebrate. Cade Brewer then caught a 3-yard TD pass to cap Texas' first OT possession.

Texas reached the goal line in the second OT before Rector ripped the ball out of Ehlinger's arm. Ajene Harris recovered, but the Trojans' offense stalled before McGrath came through again.

Darnold and Ehlinger embraced briefly after the game, with Darnold giving words of encouragement and slapping the freshman on the helmet.

''I believed in (Ehlinger),'' Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson said. ''That kid always has heart. He represented a lot tonight of what we want to be.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: Once the heartache subsides, this will be an encouraging outing. The defense took remarkable strides forward after giving up 51 points to Maryland in the season opener. Sure, the offense needs much more work, but this type of defensive performance will win a bunch of games in the Big 12.

USC: The Trojans' offense racked up 91 points and ran the ball well in its first two games, but Texas largely shut it down. USC's defense deserves most of the credit for keeping them in a game that turned out to be much tougher than anybody expected.

BIG FLURRY

The game was scoreless until 2:40 before halftime, when Burnett made a diving TD catch. The Longhorns tied it moments later when Darnold's perfect pass smacked off receiver Jalen Greene's hands and DeShon Elliott snatched it for a 38-yard TD interception return.

Instead of kneeling out the half, Darnold threw underneath Texas' prevent defense to Ronald Jones II, who sprinted across the field for a 56-yard TD. He got a devastating block from receiver Steven Mitchell on the way in.

BIG MAN

Collin Johnson had seven catches for 191 yards for the Longhorns, including a 47-yard grab and a fourth-and-10 conversion on Texas' late regulation drive. USC couldn't defend the 6-foot-6 Californian consistently.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

In the hyper-reactive world of September rankings, USC is likely to slide a bit in the Top 10 after struggling to hold on, even though its defense posted a near-shutout for 59 minutes.

UP NEXT

Texas: After a bye week, Big 12 play begins with a visit to Iowa State on Thursday, Sept. 28.

USC: The Trojans' road opener is at California on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
2nd Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal
40-C.McGrath 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
0
yds
pos
24
27
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
49-J.Rowland extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 80-C.Brewer. 80-C.Brewer runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
17
yds
pos
23
24
Point After TD
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
7
yds
pos
17
23
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
40-C.McGrath 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
0
yds
00:37
pos
17
17
Point After TD 0:45
49-J.Rowland extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 0:45
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 3-A.Foreman. 3-A.Foreman runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
41
yds
04:29
pos
16
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:35
49-J.Rowland 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
54
yds
5:21
pos
10
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 0:00
14-S.Darnold complete to 25-R.Jones. 25-R.Jones runs 56 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-2
yds
00:05
pos
7
13
Point After TD 0:19
49-J.Rowland extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 0:30
14-S.Darnold incomplete. Intended for 10-J.Greene INTERCEPTED by 4-D.Elliott at USC 38. 4-D.Elliott runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
38
yds
0:00
pos
12
13
Touchdown 0:30
14-S.Darnold incomplete. Intended for 10-J.Greene INTERCEPTED by 4-D.Elliott at USC 38. 4-D.Elliott runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
38
yds
0:00
pos
6
7
Point After TD 2:40
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 2:40
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
-21
yds
02:16
pos
0
12
Touchdown 2:48
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
37
yds
1:49
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 25
Rushing 4 6
Passing 12 19
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 3-16 7-19
4th Down Conv 3-4 0-3
Total Net Yards 336 447
Total Plays 75 88
Avg Gain 4.5 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 68 71
Rush Attempts 35 37
Avg Rush Yards 1.9 1.9
Net Yards Passing 268 376
Comp. - Att. 21-40 28-51
Yards Per Pass 6.7 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-30 3-21
Penalties - Yards 16-104 12-60
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 4 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 7-41.3 6-46.2
Return Yards 147 88
Punts - Returns 2-29 2-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-56 3-88
Int. - Returns 2-62 2-0
Kicking 4/4 5/6
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234 OT OT2T
Texas 1-2 07377024
4 USC 3-0 014037327
268 PASS YDS 376
68 RUSH YDS 71
336 TOTAL YDS 447
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.5% 298 2 2 121.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.7% 520 3 2 127.7
S. Ehlinger 21/40 298 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Warren III 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 212 2
C. Warren III 4 15 0 5
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
R. Hemphill-Mapps 2 14 0 14
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 54 2
J. Heard 4 11 0 5
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 58 0
S. Ehlinger 19 10 0 14
A. Foreman 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
A. Foreman 1 9 0 9
K. Porter 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 102 1
K. Porter 5 9 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 191 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 366 1
C. Johnson 7 191 0 48
A. Foreman 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 38 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 146 3
A. Foreman 5 38 1 17
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 40 0
L. Humphrey 2 24 0 17
L. Joe 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 54 0
L. Joe 2 15 0 11
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 129 0
R. Hemphill-Mapps 2 13 0 11
C. Warren III 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 53 0
C. Warren III 1 11 0 11
C. Brewer 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 1
C. Brewer 1 3 1 3
D. Leonard 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 50 0
D. Leonard 1 3 0 3
De. Duvernay 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
De. Duvernay 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Omenihu 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Omenihu 1-0 1.0 0
A. Wheeler 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
A. Wheeler 1-1 1.5 0
D. Elliott 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
D. Elliott 0-0 0.0 2
J. McCulloch 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. McCulloch 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Rowland 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/4 16/16
J. Rowland 1/1 39 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Dickson 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 45.0 2
M. Dickson 7 41.3 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Foreman 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 32 0
A. Foreman 2 28.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 14.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 40.0 27 1
R. Hemphill-Mapps 2 14.5 27 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 397 3 2 137.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 1002 7 6 154.9
S. Darnold 28/49 397 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 322 5
R. Jones II 18 47 0 11
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 28 0
S. Carr 9 28 0 11
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 71 0
V. Malepeai 4 8 0 10
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 -14 1
S. Darnold 6 -12 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 123 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 386 4
D. Burnett 8 123 2 25
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 90 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 223 2
S. Mitchell Jr. 6 90 0 27
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 56 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 85 1
R. Jones II 1 56 1 56
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 42 0
S. Carr 3 42 0 21
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 0
T. Vaughns 4 25 0 10
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 56 0
J. Greene 1 23 0 23
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 80 0
T. Petite 2 21 0 14
J. Lewis IV 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
J. Lewis IV 1 12 0 12
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 9 0 9
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
V. Malepeai 1 -4 0 -4
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Rector 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
C. Rector 3-0 2.0 0
P. Gustin 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
P. Gustin 2-0 2.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
U. Nwosu 1-0 1.0 0
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
M. Tell III 0-0 0.0 1
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
Ja. Jones 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
2/3 3/3
C. McGrath 2/3 43 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 47.8 3
R. Budrovich 6 46.2 3 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 29.3 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 29.8 37 0
V. Jones Jr. 3 29.3 37 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 3 0
A. Harris 2 0.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:45 TEXAS 37 1:34 5 46
4:32 TEXAS 1 0:00 1 99 INT
2:13 TEXAS 20 1:15 3 2
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 TEXAS 28 3:01 7 33 Punt
10:40 USC 41 1:18 3 0 Punt
6:11 TEXAS 10 1:07 4 5 Punt
2:32 TEXAS 32 1:53 6 25 Punt
0:19 USC 7 0:00 1 -58
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 TEXAS 24 5:19 13 54 FG
5:57 TEXAS 34 0:47 3 6 Punt
2:34 TEXAS 28 2:13 5 -14 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:05 TEXAS 2 1:19 5 25 Punt
10:43 USC 25 1:15 5 17 INT
5:14 TEXAS 9 4:29 17 91 TD
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
USC 25 6 25 End of quarter
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 USC 19 3:06 8 44
10:06 USC 20 5:07 13 79
4:25 TEXAS 34 1:59 5 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEXAS 28 0:04 2 -44 FG Miss
11:40 USC 3 0:52 3 0 Punt
9:15 USC 20 2:53 6 18 Punt
4:56 TEXAS 37 2:16 7 -21 TD
0:30 USC 23 0:00 1 77 INT
0:10 USC 38 0:00 1 6
0:05 USC 44 0:05 2 -2 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:30 USC 25 3:27 9 44
5:02 USC 13 2:12 4 30 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 41 1:44 3 6 Punt
11:38 USC 20 0:44 6 55 INT
9:21 USC 20 4:00 13 27 Punt
0:39 USC 35 0:37 8 0 End of quarter
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
TEXAS 25 2 7 TD
2OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
TEXAS 25 4 0 End of game