J.T. Daniels staked No. 22 USC to an early lead, however Texas scored 34 directly issues to blow previous the Trojans for the most important 37-14 win in Austin.
It used to be transparent from the primary snap Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando‘s recreation plan used to be to rattle the actual freshman Daniels via various blitz seems. The plan didn’t paintings early, as USC transformed six of its first seven 3rd downs, Daniels hit 12 of his first 17 throws and USC raced to a 14-Three first quarter lead.
Abruptly, Texas (2-1) wanted a landing power or the sport — and in all probability the season — would temporarily escape from them, and a landing power is what they were given. Sam Ehlinger discovered Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a 47-yard catch-and-run landing move, pulling the Longhorns inside 14-10 with 13:23 to play within the opening part. Texas cornerback Kris Boyd intercepted Daniels at the subsequent snap from scrimmage, however Collin Johnson dropped a would-be first down catch on third and eight, forcing Cameron Dicker to transform a 46-yard box objective.
Hooking up two times with favourite goal Amon-Ra St. Brown, Daniels moved USC (1-2) right into a 1st and objective on the Texas nine, however Texas crammed consecutive runs from the 1 to show the Trojans away empty passed with 7:14 left within the first part. At the resulting ownership, the Trojans looked as if it would sack Ehlinger inside of his personal finish zone, however officers dominated him out of the tip zone and the decision used to be upheld upon evaluate. The power used to be in truth given new lifestyles two times when USC used to be flagged for roughing the punter, however Texas punted anyway.
Nonetheless, the loss of a security name labored in Texas’s want when the ‘Horns compelled a three-and-out and Chris Tilbey gave Texas the ball with 2:20 to play earlier than the damage at its personal 49 after a 13-yard punt. Ehlinger sooner or later guided Texas to the USC 33, and Dicker nailed a 46-yarder as time expired to provide Texas its first lead of the night time.
Texas carried its momentum into the second one part, ripping off a 21-Zero 3rd quarter to position the sport away. The Horns authorized the ball to open the part and moved 74 yards in 10 performs, scoring on a 27-yard move from Ehlinger to Joshua Moore. After a Daniel Younger fumble on the USC 15 passed the Trojans the ball and a possibility to climb again within the recreation, USC moved to the Texas 32, putting in place a 50-yard Chase McGrath box objective check out, however the kick used to be blocked by means of Caden Sterns and returned by means of Anthony Wheeler 46 yards for a landing.
Ehlinger put the sport away on the 1:42 mark of the 3rd quarter with a Four-yard landing run.
Regardless that Daniels began scorching, USC’s incapacity to run the ball sooner or later did him in. The Trojans had been credited with best 16 runs for minus-6 yards, forcing Daniels to throw the ball 48 instances. He finished 30 for 322 yards — 9 of which went to St. Brown for 167 yards — however the Trojans went darkish at the scoreboard over the general 3 frames.
Ehlinger, in the meantime, finished 15-of-33 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns whilst speeding 17 instances for 35 yards and a ranking. Tre Watson carried 18 instances for 72 yards, and Younger rushed 12 instances for 57 yards.
The win used to be Texas’s 900th in program historical past; win No. 800 got here within the 2006 Rose Bowl over USC.
The Trojans, in the meantime, have dropped back-to-back video games by means of double digits for the primary time since 2000, the 12 months previous to Pete Carroll‘s arrival.