Common Opponents - USC
Tuesday, December 1, 8:00 a.m. PST
In the eight days leading up to the Civil War, Duck Feed is serving up a comparison of how the Ducks and Beavers have fared against their eight common opponents this season. We've discussed WSU, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona and California - next up the standings is USC.
Oregon State paid the price for its upset of the Trojans in 2008, falling 42-36 as USC scored its most points in conference play this season. The Ducks welcomed No. 4 Troy the following week for Halloween and sent them out of the Pac-10 race with a 47-20 win.
How it Went Down
OSU scored seven times to USC's six, but fell behind early and settled for too many field goals to climb back into it. The Beavers out-gained the Trojans, 482 yards to 429, and have not lost since.
Oregon ran all over the Trojans, piling up a season-high 391 yards on 49 carries. Jeremiah Masoli, in particular, gave USC fits with 164 rushing yards, and the UO defense did an excellent job of limiting big plays and making the Trojans work for their yards.
After an 80-yard touchdown drive put USC ahead 21-6 late in the second quarter, OSU charged downfield and had 1st-and-10 from the Trojan 14-yard line with ample time left to score. A false start penalty followed by a sack killed the TD chance and Justin Kahut came on for his third field goal of the half.
Following a 12-play, 71-yard, game-tying (17-17) TD drive by the Trojans that sucked up five minutes and 22 seconds of the second quarter, Oregon's next offensive play was a 48-yard sprint by Masoli on 1st-and-10 from his own 20. Three plays later it was 24-17 Ducks.
OSU's Sean Canfield was 30-of-43 for 329 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Joe Halahuni led eight Beaver receivers with nine catches and 127 yards.
Masoli totaled 386 yards, including 222 through the air on 19-of-31 passing. He passed for and ran for a TD. LaMichael James ran for a season-best 183 yards and one score.
Both OSU and UO were 1-of-1 on fourth down conversions. OSU was 7-of-15 on third down, while the Ducks were 8-of-15.
UO averaged 8.0 yards per carry against the Trojans, the Beavers gained 4.5 yards per rush. USC averaged 4.9 yards per play against the Ducks and 7.4 against OSU.
The Trojans' defensive standouts from a year ago proved harder to replace than most expected. OSU came within a few stops on defense from pulling an upset for the second straight year. Streaking at 4-0 in the Pac-10, Oregon game-planned well and got a big energy boost from the home crowd as they totaled more yards than all but one USC opponent in history.