I suppose it makes sense, then, that everyone is still talking about 2006; even as a Trojan fan, it might be more compelling to argue about LenDale White's fourth-down run or Reggie Bush's freaky lateral attempt than to discuss the Longhorns' quarterback predicament or Gustin's status for game day.
The game was a back-and-forth chess match that saw a USC Trojans team that was unable to create distance on the scoreboard with their opponent.
Ehlinger made his second start in a row in place of the injured Shane Buechele.
Ronald Jones II helped Darnold carry the load with 103 yards of total offense and a touchdown right before halftime while wide receiver Deontay Burnett also had a solid game with eight catches for 124 yards and two scores.
There, the two teams exchanged touchdowns, before Ehlinger had the ball jarred loose to set up McGrath to deliver a win for the Trojans. New coach Tom Herman was considered by many to be the top hire for 2017, and he inherited a program with 16 returning starters and a handful of promising young players. Despite bookies pegging this as a mismatch, the point spread may be too high considering Texas rebounded from its Week 1 loss by annihilating San Jose State 56-0 last Saturday. The Aztecs beat Arizona State 30-20 last Saturday to snap a 28-game road losing streak to Pac-12 teams.
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The highlight was a gutsy performance by junior outside linebacker Porter Gustin. The game was going to be a big test for Darnold and company, as the last time these two teams played it was with a national title on the line. The same goes for USC.
The Longhorns came out on fire, making plays and holding a high-octane USC defense down to just 17 points through 60 minutes.
Will USC's defensive front stuff the run and force the Longhorns into long-yardage situations? Carrington has lived up to the hype after transferring from OR, tying for No. 6 in the country with 128 receiving yards per game and trying for No. 11 with 17 receptions. The next Texas-USC game is in 364 days.
San Jose State (1-2) at Utah (2-0): Quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Darren Carrington have flourished in Utah's new spread offense, but the scheme has room for improvement before Pac-12 play begins at Arizona on September 22. However, this defense has been vulnerable against the run, has just two sacks and has allowed five plays of 40 yards or more. And that's because there's really nothing to discuss about Saturday's game other than the 11-year-old shadow hanging over it.
He was talking about the Longhorns but the same applies to the Trojans. At the same time, the Trojans can ill-afford more injuries with back-to-back road games coming up - one of them on a short week. However, it's tough to see the Longhorns pulling this one off in Los Angeles.