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.
USC 14, Texas 7.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 17, 2017
While there’s still plenty of football to be played, that’s the kind of play that can be a major turning point.