How should Longhorns feel after USC loss?

Texas at USC - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vince Young had an entire fourth to make his magic.

"That's what we preach all year", Nwosu said. "In the heat of that moment, knowing we had just scored on our two-point play, knowing the play-clock would be ticking, I just didn't feel good about it". This one was far more gripping than the ACC battle between Clemson and Louisville, and was very fitting considering all the reminiscing that made up the pre-game hype and coverage. Ask anyone who's played college football before, and they'll tell you that goes a long way. We brought all our players back.

Concocting storylines in sports, though, rarely works out. The QB who played opposite him, USC's Matt Leinart, believes it's the best college football game ever, of any kind. And yes, this is what probably drew over 84,000 fans to the Coliseum on Saturday. Neither Warren nor Porter were made available after the game, either.

A wild game, full of drama and tension, and was as entertaining as any of the more prominently featured games of the week. This USC team is not out to avenge the sorrows of the 2005 team; rather, it is trying to pave its own legacy, its own chapter of greatness.

In the teams' first meeting since dueling for the national championship 12 seasons ago in a Rose Bowl classic, considered one of the greatest games in college football history, the rematch came down to the final moments on Saturday night and to the leg of a freshman walk-on. In Beau Baldwin, the Golden Bears have an offensive coordinator with a proven track record of attacking Pac-12 teams, from his time at FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington. "It was more important for us, for our season". Nobody could convert on fourth down. Malik Jefferson leads the Texas Longhorns with 16 tackles, Edwin Freeman has one sack and Holton Hill has two interceptions.

Texas gave up nothing last week as they rolled San Jose State in a warmup game here, but the Longhorn defense is going to have to be sharp and pressure Darnold as much as possible.

Jones took a Darnold pass 56 yards for a touchdown as time expired to give USC a 14-7 halftime lead.

"In the middle of the second quarter, I was like, 'Dang".

As good teams will often do when locked in a struggle with their outmatched opponent, USC found big plays seemingly out of nowhere to help get by the upset-minded Longhorns. Also, freshman Stephen Carr contributed 119 yards rushing.

The Longhorns, in fact, were 45 seconds away from doing so. Two straight Darnold completions quickly put USC at the Texas 31-yard line, and another Darnold pass put the Trojans at the 13-yard line, where McGrath would set up for a game-tying field goal from 31 yards to send the game into overtime.

The Red Raiders started 2-0 for the fourth time in five seasons under coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Sam Darnold isn't ideal.

"Connor Williams is the best left tackle we saw past year", one Big 12 defensive coordinator said this summer.

If not for a huge touchdown pass to running back Ronald Jones II to end the first half, USC might not have even pushed this game to overtime.

"It's a win", Darnold said. And it felt kind of like a big-time bowl game.

It seemed inevitable that he would be relishing taking on a vulnerable Pitt Panthers defense, but the first half performance was ridiculous as he torched Pat Narduzzi's defense time and again.

Eric He is a junior studying journalism.

That's when another star of the day, the Trojans' defense, stepped up.

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