Sam Darnold had 39 seconds ... and no timeouts.
The Texas Longhorns (1-1) meet the 4th ranked University of Southern California Trojans (2-0), led by quarterback Sam Darnold, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 (9/16/17) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
Both teams have concerns about their placekicking, which is something to keep in mind in a close game.
The Trojans got the ball first in overtime and wasted no time scoring as Darnold fired a rocket to Deontay Burnett on the first play for a 25-yard touchdown. The schools hadn't met since the Longhorns won the national title with a thrilling 41-38 victory in Pasadena. This one, though, was more distant classic.
The heavily favored Trojans sputtered and stalled throughout on offense, continually failing to seize opportunities, regularly unable to extend drives.
As McGrath's kick snuck through the right upright, he turned around and ran back toward the west end zone of the Coliseum.
Simply put, the biggest reason the Longhorns were in this game in the first place was because of the defense.
Yet, the usually elusive Darnold routinely was hemmed in by the Texas rush. The game lived up to the hype in many ways and we learned more about the Longhorns on a ideal night in Southern California. Quarterback Lamar Jackson amassed 771 passing yards and five scoring passes in those wins, and is perched as a +175 bet to become the first player to win consecutive Heisman Trophies since Archie Griffin achieved the feat in 1974 and 1975.
USC was first on the scoreboard when Darnold hit Burnett for a touchdown, moving ahead, 7-0, with less than three minutes remaining.
Darnold put USC in position to win, but it was McGrath who sealed the deal for the Trojans.
They had just given up the lead and done so in a stunning, confidence-shaking manner.
Greene spoke for the majority of the sellout crowd immediately after being unable to squeeze the football when he instead grabbed his helmet with both hands, an expression of disbelief that needed no translation.
USC failed to score during the entire third quarter and for most of the fourth, while Texas came back and snatched a three-point lead with less than a minute to go in regulation.
Following a 6-yard run by Ronald Jones, USC called time out to set up, well, let's call it not a Hail Mary but a Half Mary.
On the Longhorns' possession in the second overtime, Texas freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger fumbled 2 yards from the end zone when the ball was stripped from his arms by Christian Rector. The key play was a jump pass where he found tailback Stephen Carr over the middle for 21 yards.
But given the circumstances, it's hard to have asked for anything more than what the Trojans and Longhorns delivered this time.
Of course, things don't always go the way they're supposed to go in this sport, right? There will be no 12-year wait this time.
The Longhorns ride high following last week's 56-0 rout of San Jose State as 26.5-point chalk, but have been dismal performers on the road, going 2-8 SU and ATS in 10 contests since the start of last season.