Rally en­ables USC to beat Texas in OT

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Chase McGrath kicked a 43-yard field goal in the sec­ond over­time af­ter hit­ting a ty­ing 31-yarder on the fi­nal snap of reg­u­la­tion, and No. 4 USC ral­lied for a 27-24 vic­tory over Texas on Saturday night at the Los An­ge­les Coli­seum.

Sam Darnold passed for 397 yards and three touch­downs to help the Tro­jans (3-0) surge to their 12th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Chris­tian Rec­tor forced a goal-line fum­ble by Texas quar­ter­back Sam Eh­linger in the sec­ond over­time be­fore USC’s walk-on fresh­man kicker ended it with the sec­ond field goal of his col­lege ca­reer.

“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.

Af­ter 55 min­utes of de­fense-dom­i­nated foot­ball, both of­fenses got rolling late to cre­ate a pretty de­cent se­quel to these pow­er­house pro­grams’ last meet­ing in the land­mark 2006 Rose Bowl.

Eh­linger passed for 298 yards and led a 91-yard, goa­head TD drive late in reg­u­la­tion for the Longhorns (1-2). The fresh­man quar­ter­back from Austin grew up, but Texas was nar­rowly de­nied a huge win early in coach Tom Her­man’s de­but sea­son.

Eh­linger hit Ar­manti Fore­man with a 17-yard touch­down pass with 45 sec­onds left, but McGrath tied it on the fi­nal snap of reg­u­la­tion af­ter Darnold drove the Tro­jans 52 yards in about 30 sec­onds.

“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. Cade Brewer caught a short 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 hands as the quar­ter­back at­tempted to score. Ajene Har­ris re­cov­ered, but the Tro­jans’ of­fense stalled be­fore McGrath came through again.

“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.”

Both de­fenses were in charge un­til late in Texas’ first visit to the Coli­seum in 50 years. The schools hadn’t met since the Longhorns won the na­tional ti­tle with a thrilling 41-38 vic­tory in Pasadena.

#6 Wash­ing­ton 48, Fresno St. 16:

Dante Pet­tis had four touch­downs, in­clud­ing an NCAA record-ty­ing eighth punt re­turn TD of his ca­reer, and the host Huskies (3-0) fin­ished the un­der­card of their sched­ule with a rout of the Bull­dogs (1-2). Pet­tis had touch­down re­cep­tions of 4 and 7 yards in the first half, and caught a 73-yard TD pass from Jake Brown­ing on the sec­ond play of the sec­ond half to give Wash­ing­ton a 48-7 lead. But it was his 77-yard punt re­turn late in the first quar­ter that left Husky Sta­dium buzzing and put Pet­tis’ name into an­other record book. Pet­tis caught the kick from Blake Cu­sick near the Wash­ing­ton side­line, shook one de­fender ini­tially, hur­dled an­other in the open field and fi­nally stepped through a last tackle at­tempt. Pet­tis also got a key down­field block from Myles Bryant to com­plete the re­turn and give Wash­ing­ton a 27-0 lead. “It’s kind of crazy just be­cause com­ing into col­lege I never would have thought that was some­thing I could do,” Pet­tis said. “I didn’t even know I was go­ing to be a punt re­turner to be hon­est. Now that it’s here it’s kind of crazy.”

#21 Wash­ing­ton St. 52, Ore­gon St. 23:

Luke Falk threw six touch­down passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and the host Cougars (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) beat the Beavers for the fourth straight time. Falk, the FBS ac­tive leader with 98 touch­down passes, com­pleted 37 of 49 passes for 396 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion. Martin had 10 catches for 194 yards. Falk tied a school record for touch­down passes that he al­ready shared. “He looked very sharp,” coach Mike Leach said. Jake Lu­ton threw for 179 yards for Ore­gon State (1-3, 0-1), but was carted off the field in the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury.

Mem­phis 48, #25 UCLA 45:

Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds to lead the host Tigers (2-0) past the Bru­ins (2-1). Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen, who was 34-for-56 pass­ing for 463 yards and four TDs. But un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen en­gi­neered a fourth-quar­ter come­back to de­feat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion. “There’s a for­mula for win­ning,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. “You can’t turn the ball over, and you can’t give up ex­plo­sive plays and we did both.”

Texas Tech 52, Arizona St. 45:

Nic Shi­monek threw for six touch­downs, re­ceiver Dy­lan Cantrell had the goa­head score on a 3-yard run in the fi­nal two min­utes and the host Red Raiders (2-0) beat the Sun Devils (1-2). Kalen Bal­lage had one touch­down for the Sun Devils af­ter ty­ing an NCAA record with eight scores in a 68-55 vic­tory in the desert last year. Manny Wilkins’ deep pass on fourt­hand-30 was over­thrown on the fi­nal Arizona State pos­ses­sion as the Sun Devils fell short af­ter ral­ly­ing from 18 points down at half­time and 14 be­hind late in the third quar­ter.

Ore­gon 49, Wy­oming 13:

Royce Free­man ran for three touch­downs in the first half and the vis­it­ing Ducks (3-0) roughed up quar­ter­back Josh Allen and routed the Cow­boys (1-2). Allen drew rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 16 NFL teams to War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, but it was Ore­gon that im­pressed. Free­man ran for 157 yards on 30 car­ries and turned a screen pass into a 50-yard gain. Justin Her­bert passed for 251 yards and a score, and added a touch­down run. As for Allen, in what could be his last game against Power Five com­pe­ti­tion, the 6-foot-5, 230pound ju­nior was 9-for-24 pass­ing for 64 yards.

Colorado 41, North­ern Colorado 21:

Steven Mon­tez threw for a ca­reer­high 357 yards and four touch­downs, help­ing the host Buf­faloes (3-0) beat the Bears (1-1) in the first meet­ing be­tween the schools since 1934. Mon­tez spread around the wealth by throw­ing TD strikes to Devin Ross, Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo and Jay MacIn­tyre. Colorado turned the ball over twice deep in North­ern Colorado ter­ri­tory to keep things in­ter­est­ing.

Wally Skalij / TNS

USC kicker Chase McGrath (40) is mobbed by team­mates af­ter kick­ing the game-win­ning field goal in over­time against Texas.

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