USC Trojans win in walk off fashion against Texas Longhorns

Texas OT Connor Williams Will Need Surgery Out Indefinitely

Texas OT Connor Williams Will Need Surgery Out Indefinitely

The Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans meet Saturday in college football action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on FOX. All 93,607 seats in the Coliseum have been sold, and this weekend's primetime game has even caught the attention of celebrities like Lance Armstrong.

The Trojans have won 11 consecutive games overall, including last season's Rose Bowl.

The Longhorns came out on fire, making plays and holding a high-octane USC defense down to just 17 points through 60 minutes.

But USC tried to pass instead.

"Negative @USC, we were there".

Ehlinger said he was nervous to start the game. "Btw, @ReggieBush is a f-ing legend that you s- all over". But why was USC losing 17-14 in the first place?

Here are some takeaways from Saturday night's game. As hard as the Longhorns played and as clutch as they were late, there were several what-if moments that could have changed the tide of the game. Had both teams entered this week undefeated, it would have set the stage for a titanic clash of college football bluebloods with wind in their sails. Texas' defense got exposed by Maryland in week one and now has to face an elite offense from USC. Now, the Longhorns are all but out of the national discussion, and Vegas favors the Trojans by more than two touchdowns in Saturday's game. 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. He has teamed with freshman Stephen Carr to provide a relentless rushing attack in USC's first two games, and Texas' run defense will have to prove its competence.

Gustin's injury undoubtedly comes as a blow for head coach Clay Helton, and it feeds into the biggest concern for USC this week: the injury bug.

The Trojans have dominated during their year-long tear, claiming victory by double-digit margins in nine of 11, and producing against the spread wins on eight occasions, including a 5-2 ATS mark on home turf. Jerrod Heard is a former starting quarterback who moved to wide receiver and is back under center.

Yet, Darnold and the Trojans did manufacture some magic earlier, too, scoring on the final play of the second quarter for a 14-7 halftime edge. "With each game under Tom Herman, they're going to get better and better". One reason is USC made an inexplicable substitution on the first series of the game.

I know it's not the most compelling storyline for a sold-out primetime game. The Longhorns were also never able to establish anything on the ground as no one rushed for more than 15 yards. Top cornerback Adoree' Jackson and standout defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu departed from a unit that ranked second in the Pac-12 in fewest points allowed per game (conference-only matchups).

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