Texas coach Tom Herman might have shifted the trajectory of the 2018 season with a dominating 37-14 win by the Longhorns over No. 22 Southern California on Saturday.
“We knew that our best was good enough and that if we just started playing our best, we were going to be OK,” Herman said about his team’s charge from behind from a 14-3 deficit. “We found a way to do that.”
Texas scored 34 unanswered points in the second and third quarter to put USC to sleep and send the stadium-record crowd of 103,507 into a frenzy the likes that have not been seen in these parts over the past five seasons.
“Our fans have a direct impact on the game by the energy that they give our team, and I was really, really, really proud of the way that our fans and students supported us,” Herman said. “It was really a good team win.”
Askes after the game if the win was as cathartic as it appeared after the Longhorns have struggled in recent seasons, Herman smiled and agreed, in a measure.
“There is a bit of a release of a bit of a hump that we got over — that we can win a big game, not just come close but win a big game,” Herman said. “We’ll evaluate, I guess, you know, where this win stands by how we respond to it and how we continue our play throughout the season.”
Texas hosts No. 15 TCU – a 40-28 loser to No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday – on Sept. 22 in both teams’ Big 12 opener.
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media