LOS ANGELES—It wasn’t revenge, but it was riveting and even sent half-a- shiver down an old writer’s spine.
USC over Texas, in double overtime, was 16 tons of gears and levers grinding against each other on a cool summer, Saturday evening.
What’s not to like about a game that featured a score at 0:00 three times: at the end first half, the end of the second and the end of the second OT?
Count me in for any game in which a freshman kicker badly misses his first college attempt, but then makes the game-winner to push home a life-affirming, season-saving, 27-24 win.
“Obviously, it felt amazing,” Chase McGrath, our hero kicker, said in the Coliseum tunnel afterward as he eyed a hero sandwich in the post-game buffet.
Yeah, it was good stuff, with a lot of back-and-forth detail we highly recommend you check out in the Associated Press capsule summary.
The gist of it was this: This year’s Texas took the lead on this year’s USC with 45 seconds left. Actor Matthew McConaughey, the Longhorns’ lead cheerleader, wearing the coolest brown-leather jacket you’ll ever see, back slapped the fellas as he raced up and down the sideline.
But then USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who hadn’t played up to par up to then, led his team down for a game-tying field goal.
That led to overtime, a score for the Trojans and an answering one for the Longhorns. And then there sat Texas, first-and-goal in the second overtime, sniffing the end zone when a Trojan defender named Christian Rector ripped the ball clean from quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s hands.
The ball popped out like a champagne cork.
“I just saw the ball in the air and had to go get it,” Trojan DB Ajene Harris said. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.