Jana and Greg McGrath watched their son, Chase, stare at the goal posts before the biggest moment of his young football career. Jana trembled and prayed. Greg had a lump in his throat.
Chase paced back to line up for the third field-goal attempt he had tried in college, from 43 yards. It was late into Saturday night and USC and Texas were in a second overtime.
Make it and the Trojans win.
And then … Texas called a timeout. The McGraths had to wait.
Of course they did. McGrath’s game-winning field goal was a monument to patience. He waited in high school, at Santa Ana Mater Dei, where the offense scored so often his senior year that he tried only five field goals....