Fresh­man kicker forces OT, seals win for Tro­jans

The Arizona Republic - - SPORTS - GREG BEACHAM

LOS AN­GE­LES - Fresh­man 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 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ral­lied for a wild 27-24 vic­tory over Texas on Satur­day night.

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 McGrath coolly ended it.

Af­ter 55 min­utes of de­fense-dom­i­nated foot­ball, both of­fenses erupted 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, go-ahead TD drive late in reg­u­la­tion for the Longhorns (1-2), who were 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.

Deon­tay Bur­nett caught a 25-yard touch­down pass from Darnold on the first snap of over­time, but 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 while the fresh­man quar­ter­back at­tempted to score.

Both de­fenses dom­i­nated 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.

Even with Vince Young and Matt Leinart in at­ten­dance, both cur­rent of­fenses showed no signs of repli­cat­ing that beauty in the re­match — un­til ev­ery­thing went crazy in the fi­nal min­utes.

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.

HARRY HOW/GETTY IMAGES

USC’s Deon­tay Bur­nett (right) makes a catch for a touch­down in front of Texas’ DeShon El­liott to take a 7-0 lead dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter at Los An­ge­les Me­mo­rial Coli­seum on Satur­day in Los An­ge­les.

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