Texas improves to 2-1 and drops USC to 1-2 with a decisive 37-14 win.
The Trojans are going backward. After a lackluster 43-21 win in the season opener over Nevada Las Vegas, USC has looked unprepared and uninspired in losses at Stanford and Texas.
The Trojans don't have a lot of time to make things better. They host Washington State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Another Pac-12 loss could knock USC out of contention in the South Division before the end of September.
The Trojans get to the Texas 28-yard line, but JT Daniels fumbles on fourth down with 4:00 left in the game. USC has been abysmal since the first quarter and will fall to 1-2 after a second straight loss on the road.
Trying to get back into the game, USC has a 50-yard field-goal attempt by Chase McGrath blocked and returned for a score by Anthony Wheeler. With 6:25 left in the third, Texas leads 30-14, having scored 27 straight points.
The Longhorns take the opening possession of the second half 74 yards for a touchdown, the score coming on a 27-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger to Joshua Moore to make it 23-14 Texas with 10:45 left in the third quarter.
USC gave up two first downs on long third-down plays and then lost Porter Gustin for the game when he was called for targeting against Ehlinger.
Gustin will have to sit out the first half of USC’s game on Friday against Washington State.