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Likewise, Trojans fans will gather to discuss what went wrong and salivate over how sweet revenge will taste come Saturday night.
Helton spent several seasons behind the scenes at USC as a stabilizing force in the chaotic coaching tenures of Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian. One week later, the Trojans made quite a statement against Stanford. With 19 seconds left, DeShon Elliott intercepted a deflected pass off Darnold and returned it 38 yards for a Texas touchdown.
"Those are the times when you kind of impose your will as a team and as an offensive line", right guard Viane Talamaivao said.
"This team is going to be a sleeping giant", Helton said. Additionally, the schedule is manageable the rest of the way. But why was USC losing, 17-14, in the first place? It turned the excitement over new coach Tom Herman's debut into bitter disappointment.
Both teams have concerns about their placekicking, which is something to keep in mind in a close game. The Longhorns are still in that prove it stage, as the talent is there, but the results continue to come up short. And most importantly for Herman, Big 12 play doesn't start until September 28 - so the conference title game is still a possibility. If Texas can pull off the upset, expect the Longhorns to return to the top 25 rankings and potentially be in a position to play in a major bowl game.
That bunker mentality extends to the Texas quarterbacking.
Again, a Texas quarterback faced a key fourth down against USC. Ehlinger is considered slightly more of a running threat.
For the Longhorns, Ehlinger got the nod at quarterback over incumbent Shane Buechele. But if Buechele struggles or is ineffective, Herman won't hesitate to let Ehlinger have a chance to guide the offense. We saw it in the Rose Bowl the year before.
Franks finished the game 18-of-28 for 212 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Davis led the Gators with 94 yards on four carries.
He missed earlier in the game from 46 yards out, but with the game on the line, he was ideal, forcing overtime. With the uncertainty at quarterback, establishing a run is critical for Herman and coordinator Tim Beck.
Junior RB Chris Warren III, who was out with an injury is expected to play on Saturday. If Darnold can pick apart this Longhorn defense, then USC should run away with this contest.
Sledding was not any easier for the Texas offense. After a somewhat sluggish start against Western Michigan, Southern Cal manhandled Stanford, racking up 316 yards through the air and 307 on the ground. And USC used the the third-string back. Sam (Darnold) does a great job of distributing the football and getting guys in space.
After a back and forth in the extra period, the USC defense forced and recovered a fumble, putting the game at McGrath's feet once more. Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell Jr. have combined for 396 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Tyler Petite has six receptions.
The Tigers did not concede a touchdown in a pair of dominating wins over Kent State and Auburn to open the campaign, and have surrendered just 16.4 points per game during a stunning 16-1 SU run. Also, freshman Stephen Carr contributed 119 yards rushing. The next Texas-USC game is in 364 days.
The Texas Longhorns stumbled in their season-opening loss to the Maryland Terrapins, 51-41. He threw his sixth incompletion at 10:48 remaining in the half; he threw five the entire game in USC's Week 2 win over Stanford.
Our defense played well, they had turnovers, but Vince was a dominant, dominant player, and he just made that play. Regardless of the final spread, USC is the better team. San Diego State has the city to itself after the NFL's Chargers bolted up the freeway to play in a 27,000-seat soccer stadium in a Los Angeles suburb.