USC Rips a Win Away from Texas
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Ask yourself this:
- You're a highly-paid savior coach of the richest college athletic program in the USA;
- You've put its flagship sport in the hands of a true freshman QB;
- Your defense has done a brilliant job of keeping close to a vaunted team at its place;
- You've done enough to take the game to a second overtime;
- Your freshman QB just dashed through a hole to get to within a shadow of the goal line;
- So what'cha gonna call?
Do you think there are enough obvious reasons for your response to be, Anything but this:
An opening like the play before it is one thing.
But what in the name of Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercials are the Longhorns doing sending a frosh scrambler into a horde of bulked up humanity that's designed to die on a hill like that?
The kid didn't even know to wrap up the ball, even after fumbling another one away earlier on.
Still, that play was a perfect summary for all the foibles that came before it in an immensely watchable game. That's in spite of -- or maybe because of, for schadenfreude fans -- four Texas turnovers to USC's two, dropped passes amidst spectacular grabs, the 'Horns 10 flags to the Trojans' 8 ...
The Longhorn defense was a polar opposite against USC. They must've been on the field for 12 of the first quarter's 15 minutes, doing stuff like you see as the highlight package opens:
That was true freshman walk-on Chase McGrath splitting the uprights. That's right; a true freshman was given the responsibility to seal the deal.
College coaches are crazy.
At least Clay Helton didn't send him into a massive defensive line to do it.