USC linebacker Porter Gustin, days removed from toe surgery, participates against Texas, records two sacks – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — Porter Gustin, USC’s junior outside linebacker, had surgery on Wednesday to have two screws implanted in a fracture in his big toe.

Gustin, as a result, did not practice during the week before the Trojans hosted Texas.

Coach Clay Helton never ruled out Gustin, but never expressed much optimism that he would play Saturday night.

“He is Superman, we’ll see if it happens, but I’m more optimistic about next week,” Helton referencing the team’s road opener at California.

Gustin, in fact, was in pads agains the Longhorns.

Late in the second quarter, Gustin came off the edge and sacked Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger on consecutive plays.

He finished with four tackles, including two for a loss, and two sacks.

Gustin did not return for the second half, though, emerging from the locker room in a sweatshirt and shorts, with his right foot in a walking boot. It was not known if he had surgery on his right toe or left toe

The Trojans’ defense was also missing two other starters against Texas, including linebacker John Houston, who has a stinger in his neck, and defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, who has a knee sprain. Neither dressed.


USC freshman kicker Chase McGrath attempted his first field goal this season early in the second quarter when a pass from quarterback Sam Darnold fell complete on third-and-16.

But on fourth down, McGrath’s 46-yard attempt was wide left.

McGrath is a freshman walk-on from Mater Dei.


USC’s defense forced just one turnovers in its first two games, an interception by safety Marvell Tell late in its win against Western Michigan.

It picked up two in the first quarter against the Longhorns — a fumble recovered by defensive lineman Christian Rector and an interception by cornerback Jack Jones.


Matt Leinart and Vince Young, the quarterbacks who dueled for the national championship in the famed 2006 Rose Bowl, were in attendance for their old teams’ rematch on Saturday night.

Leinart, the Trojans’ former Heisman Trophy winning passer, was honored after the first quarter for his induction this year into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Young, who led the Longhorns to a win 12 years ago with a touchdown run in the final seconds, watched from the Texas sideline. He shook hands with Leinart on the field after he received a plaque.


USC will continue to face Stanford early in the season, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday.

The teams…

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