Southern California Beats Texas Longhorns 27-24
The Texas Longhorns came into the game against the USC Trojans as heavy underdogs. Whenever a person or team is labeled an underdog, this usually brings out the best. An interesting observation about the Longhorns: this team has more “fight” in them than meets the eye.
In the face of a team that everyone thought would eat them up, the Longhorns refused to back down. USC, as the undefeated team was in for a big surprise when they took the field against Texas. The defense for Texas looked like it would be the method by which the Longhorns get the coveted “W”.
DeShon Elliott was the star of a defense that is very underestimated. Elliott had two interceptions that gave Texas a chance at topping USC even for a moment. Late in the game, Elliott almost had his hand at a third interception as well. The pass rush brought something that even caught the announcers off guard.
Considering the hype around Sam Darnold, the Longhorns only allowed 397 passing yards. As a nod toward the Longhorns, as stated above, DeShon Elliott had Darnold’s number. The rushing attack for USC did very little damage as expected, and Texas was able to hold on for dear life.
Looking a bit further into the game, it’s hard to identify the true reason Texas lost. The defense kept USC at bay the best they could. Texas’ offense, however, didn’t seem like they wanted to win at times. On the offensive side of the ball, Collin Johnson stood tall for Texas. Standing at six-and-a-half feet tall, he created a problem for the Trojan’s defense. Ehlinger was decent for Texas as well, however, Texas needs all hands on deck to win. Texas has a bye-week this coming week, so they have time to iron out the kinks from the USC game. Is it time to bring in third QB Jerrod Heard to see what he can do? Is it time to put Ehlinger as permanent starter?
For Longhorns fans, we will find out soon.