Several players spoke with the media on Tuesday, ahead of Texas’ biggest home game of the season against No. 22 USC.
Here are the highlights:
With several storylines regarding the matchup between the Longhorns and Trojans, it seems fitting that the disagreement between the teams’ series record has spurred up again.
In the USC game week guide, the record 5-0 reads in bold, and gives a quick description under, “Series record confusion?” Here’s what it said.
“Why does USC list a 5-0 record against Texas even though it lost to the Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl? After all, Texas lists its record against USC as 1-5. Due to an NCAA penalty, USC was required by the NCAA to vacate is appearance in that Rose Bowl… and therefore the loss had to be vacated by the Trojans.”
We decided to ask Charles Omenihu about his thoughts on the disagreement.
“I’m not a historian but if that’s what’s on the paper, that’s what’s on the paper,” Omenihu said. “The final score, we won that game right? Okay, Texas got the dub and the national championship.”
As for the most recent match-up, Texas’ near upset of then-No. 4 USC seems like yesterday. An 18-year-old Sam Ehlinger took the field for his first road start in a hostile environment and nearly led his team to what would have been Tom Herman’s first marquee victory –– he’s still looking for it one year later.
“I didn’t watch it more than once just like every other play,” Ehlinger said. “It’s just understanding that it’s bad ball security. It was a great play by the defensive lineman to understand the situation.”
It was just one of those plays that you would’ve liked to go the other way but you can’t control what happened in the past.
While the dejection on the players’ faces was evident following the game last September, Andrew Beck arguably dealt with the biggest pain: having to watch the entire game from the sideline with a boot on his foot.
“That’s one of those games, watching from the sidelines, especially in a boot, I was like I’d give a lot of things to run out on the field right now,” Beck said. “It was frustrating because you can’t play but exciting when things were going our way. I had a lot invested just like everybody did.”
While Sam and Andrew don’t need any added motivation for this game, the player that seems most excited for Saturday night’s game goes to graduate transfer Tre Watson, who grew up in Southern California.
“As a little kid I was an SC fan,” Watson said. “I wore 5 because Reggie Bush was my favorite college football player. At the end of the day I’m on the other side.”
USC recruited him while he was in high school and as a graduate transfer, and Tre said they offered, but he never ended up in the crimson and gold. He doesn’t try hiding it, he doesn’t like USC — playing at Cal didn’t help that, either.
“It’s personal, man,” Watson said. “I’m from Southern California, so SC is something that I need.”
As a kid, Tre said he watched Vince Young and the Longhorns take down USC for the national title. “He changed my life,” Watson said.
With Keaontay Ingram “doubtful” for the USC game, Watson will have more than enough opportunities to leave his mark in his final shot against the Trojans.