Matt Leinart

USC linebacker Porter Gustin's return from toe surgery is short-lived

USC linebacker Porter Gustin's return from toe surgery is short-lived

Porter Gustin tore off the left edge of USC’s defense late in the first half on Saturday, blew past his blocker and crunched Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

Then he lined up for second down and did it again — another sack. He nearly did it a third time in a row on third down, but a teammate beat him to it.

As Texas’ punt team came out, Gustin retreated to the bench, quickly untied his shoe and wiggled his toes.

Gustin, just days removed from surgery to repair a small fracture in his big toe, ended up with more sacks (three) than screws surgically inserted into his toe in the first half. But at halftime, Gustin came out with a boot on his right foot and did not return,...

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