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Miller: Sam Darnold, Trojans survive scare the size of Texas

Miller: Sam Darnold, Trojans survive scare the size of Texas

It took two overtimes, but Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans pulled off an epic win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night.

In other Saturday night college football betting action, the reigning national champions take on the reigning Heisman Trophy victor as the Clemson Tigers visit the Louisville Cardinals as narrow 3-point favorites at the sportsbooks.

Helton spent several seasons behind the scenes at USC as a stabilizing force in the chaotic coaching tenures of Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian. "If you make one mistake they're down the sideline".

"It's going to be really important for us to stop the run", Petrino said this week. Additionally, the schedule is manageable the rest of the way.

Late in the first half, USC scored the game's first touchdown when Darnold connected with Burnett for a 15-yard score.

But Helton was effusive in his praise of the program, beginning its first season under Coach Tom Herman. This was a game that many people thought the Longhorns had no chance to win and yet pushed a Top-5 team down to the wire.

Malik Jefferson is Texas' renowned run-stopper, and will have his biggest responsibility in attempting to maintain Jones and freshman running back Stephen Carr. Regardless of the expectations, the talent is there for the Longhorns to improve over the course of the season.

Ball protection and pass rushing will also be critical with both teams capable of taking advantage.

A week after thumping Stanford and exorcising one recent demon, USC struggled mightily in trying to right a wrong that reached back into the very lore of its storied program. The Longhorns won the last matchup in 2006, but these two teams have not played in a regular season game since 1967.

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The Longhorns threatened earlier in the quarter, but Marvell Tell's interception snuffed out Texas' red-zone opportunity.

Darnold ended up completing 28 of 49 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns.

That gave momentum to a Texas team using its backup quarterback, true freshman Sam Ehlinger. Texas, though, answered when quarterback Sam Ehlinger converted on third down and then on first and goal found tight end Cade Brewer to even the score.

MS (2-0) at California (2-0): California's Patrick Laird had already considered 2017 a success after the former walk-on running back was awarded a scholarship in the offseason.

No team had compiled more rushing yards against Stanford since 2010, then led by Jim Harbaugh.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday night's game.

Again, the play got made, although not for a game-winning place in history. Buechele suffered a shoulder injury against Maryland and missed UT's rout of San Jose State last week. For now, we have a pretty good idea of who would get in if the season ended tomorrow, but as we saw past year, there is no true formula to getting in. Top cornerback Adoree' Jackson and standout defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu departed from a unit that ranked second in the Pac-12 in fewest points allowed per game (conference-only matchups). Darnold has thrown two interceptions in four of his last six games.

Yet, Darnold and the Trojans did manufacture some magic earlier, too, scoring on the final play of the second quarter for a 14-7 halftime edge. However, those defensive concerns are mitigated by an explosive offense capable of simply outscoring every team on the schedule. USC went to the half up 14-7.

He missed earlier in the game from 46 yards out, but with the game on the line, he was ideal, forcing overtime.


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