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Chase McGrath, USC's hero against Texas, rarely tried field goals in high school

Chase McGrath, USC's hero against Texas, rarely tried field goals in high school

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....

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