Even with Vince Young and Matt Leinart in attendance, both current offenses showed no signs of replicating that beauty in the rematch - until everything went insane in the final minutes.
The gist of it was this: This year's Texas took the lead on this year's USC with 45 seconds left.
What a performance though by the Longhorns defense for so much of this contest.
The Trojans' second touchdown came on another play in which Darnold slipped free of some defenders and threw on the run, this time hitting running back Ronald Jones II for a 56-yard score as the first-half clock expired.
Sam Ehlinger pass complete to Collin Johnson for 24 yards for the first down.
Yet again, that was enough time for Darnold and USC, as he completed three passes of at least 13 yards, including a jump pass. And while quarterback Josh Rosen and UCLA have put themselves among the nation's top teams right now, Memphis has only one rain-soaked game under its belt to prepare itself for this matchup.
To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. It was just a great win for our guys. The Trojans struggled much like they did in their first game of the season against Western Michigan. And that ticks them off. There were solid wins for the likes of South Florida over the Big 10's IL, and OH taking down Kansas, but there were some marquee wins as well.
Kalen Ballage had one TD for the Sun Devils after tying an NCAA record with eight scores in a 68-55 victory in the desert past year.
An unranked Texas team had the Trojans on the ropes, but 27-24 illuminated across the Coliseum as the Longhorns walked down the tunnel. With less than a minute to go in the first half, Darnold fired a pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Jalen Greene, who dropped it.
James Washington gets the majority of the attention in terms of his receivers, but that group is loaded with talent, going at least five or six names deep who can all make significant contributions.
The Trojans have dominated during their year-long tear, claiming victory by double-digit margins in nine of 11, and producing against the spread wins on eight occasions, including a 5-2 ATS mark on home turf.
Herman said the season-opening loss to Maryland wasn't a true reflection of how Texas prepared during the offseason. Franks was by no means impressive overall in this SEC opener for Florida against Tennessee, but had some solid moments, and announced his arrival with one of the highlights of the weekend across college football.
Draped by a defensive back, Burnett dove along the back line of the end zone, snagging a 15-yard touchdown.
Darnold slid forward several yards in the pocket, escaping the grasp of three Texas defensive linemen, then fluttered a pass over the middle of the field to Burnett. Maybe this Hail Mary play sparks something throughout the team though.
A game that was scoreless for the first 27 minutes featured three TDs in the final 2:40 of the half - a sign of things to come at the end of the game. Sometimes though, the nit-picking and borderlines calls are just not necessary.
Williams has started every game since arriving on campus in 2015. Abandoning the run game so early is a worrying concern for the Horns. This did not change anyone's minds with too many mistakes letting them down. Even as a pro and a rising superstar with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston still has a high interception rate. His two interceptions raised his interception total to six through three games. Like two bad snaps, dumb penalties like Devin Duvernay's personal foul 50 yards downfield and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps' decision to field two punts practically from the 1-inch line.