Ronald Jones ends half with 56-yard TD catch

Southern California running back Ronald Jones II, center, celebrates his touchdown with Toa Lobendahn, right, and Chuma Edoga during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

After playing well for much of the first half against No. 4 USC, the Texas defense reverted back to bad habits on the final play of the stanza. Concerned more about a Hail Mary, no one accounted for USC running back Ronald Jones, who caught a pass from Sam Darnold at the Texas 34-yard line.

From there Jones did the rest, outrunning one Longhorn defender and receiving a crushing peel-back block from a teammate that cleared the path into the endzone for the 56-yard score. Instead of going into the locker room tied at 7, Texas went in down a touchdown.

While there’s still plenty of football to be played, that’s the kind of play that can be a major turning point.

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