27-24 Trojans Win
This one was nowhere near the comfortable win USC fans had hoped for, with the Longhorns giving the Trojans everything they could handle. Crazy turnovers and late heroics defined this wild contest, ultimately decided by a stripped ball and the sturdy leg of a walk-on kicker.
Running Game Stifled
After last week’s big win against Stanford, it didn’t seem like the Trojans would ever stop running, but Texas had different ideas. USC averaged less than two yards per carry, which put the Trojans into too many passing situations, leaving Darnold open for interceptions and stymieing promising drives.
Kicker the Hero
Freshman walk-on Chase McGrath was the unlikely hero of this contest, as he launched his first three field goal attempts of his collegiate career, including a 43 yarder in the second overtime to give the Trojans the win. In a game where USC struggled to score, the contributions of the kicker were invaluable.
The Trojans travel to Cal, who persist in defying expectations and are starting to look like they might be a pretty good team. The Bears can score- USC will likely need more than 17 regulation points to beat this team.