The coach kept trotting Ehlinger back out even after he threw an interception and lost a fumble on consecutive drives in the first quarter. It also may have pushed Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold to the front of the line of Heisman Trophy candidates. USC fans seemed to think so, too.
Michael and Alicia offer their reactions to USC's 27-24 victory against the Longhorns, while making sense of a game that was so frustrating and sub-standard for the Trojans' offense, yet so magical at the end. At that point, I thought the refs were going to call something. But watching the game, and from the sounds of things at the Coliseum, this felt like a big game.
Every Longhorn who emerged in the tunnel after a stunning night in the Coliseum was brimming with confidence.
Texas falls to 1-2 on the season and USC is 3-0. The Longhorns nearly knocked them out on their own turf.
The school announced Sunday afternoon that Williams suffered two sprained ligaments and a torn meniscus.
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That touchdown, with less than a minute to go, was Texas' first offensive TD of the game.
Now, let's take a look at three reasons why the Texas Longhorns are done after their loss to USC. Like two bad snaps, dumb penalties like Devin Duvernay's personal foul 50 yards downfield and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps' decision to field two punts practically from the 1-inch line.
With five seconds remaining, Darnold dumped a pass to running back Ronald Jones for a 56-yard touchdown.
With approximately 45 seconds remaining, Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman on the right side of the endzone as the Longhorns captured their first lead 17-14.
But you can not deny this team left the historic building feeling good about itself.
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The UT players responded remarkably well in the face of such adversity. Ask anyone who's played college football before, and they'll tell you that goes a long way.
Think back to the MI loss to open the season for the Gators; the offense struggled significantly, even taking into account the quality of defense playing opposite. Now, it's looking like he was right.
"That's what great teams do", USC coach Clay Helton said.
Said Safety DeShon Elliott, "The reason we have this confidence is because of the work we put in during the offseason". "Having to go that far in that little of time, you hope for flawless execution and that's what you got". Abandoning the run game so early is a worrying concern for the Horns. "They're going to have one of these games, and they find a way to win".
"I think we're done trying to show the country anything", Herman said. Entering this matchup, Herman was 6-0 against ranked opponents.
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That quarterback, Ehlinger, had to also play most of the game without his star left tackle, Connor Williams (knee injury), opening the door to a lot of USC pressure.
That's one Texas would regret. He hasn't done much, if anything, to merit a change.
This weekend saw a number of impressive victories, and not just over the less prestigious Power Five teams. We'll see where that takes us.
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The Trojans lacked an offensive rhythm which has stagnated in much of the third and fourth quarters, against a Longhorns team that is offensively inferior. Wide receiver Collin Johnson was easily their most explosive option, catching seven passes for 191 yards. They just gave it all they got. Give me USC in a blowout.
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As he would say, you just have to keep on living.