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Oregon Pulls Away from USC

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:53 PM by Golden Knight

By Daniel Gong


After demolishing the Trojans in 2009, the Oregon Ducks made their way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the Trojans in a much hyped Pac-10 matchup. Having last hosting a #1 team in 1988, USC looked to dethrone the top-ranked Ducks.

The game was a shootout offensively for both teams. With 11:19 left in the 3rd quarter, USC regained the lead at 32-29 when quarterback Matt Barkley (26/49 for 264 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) punched it in from one yard out, throwing the stadium into an energized frenzy. However, quarterback Darren Thomas (19/32 for 288 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT) and LaMichael James (36 carries for 239 yards, 3 TD’s) bounced back, marching past the struggling USC defense.

Oregon scored 24 unanswered points to end the game at 53-32. The Trojans return home to face a solid Arizona St. team, where USC hopes to maintain composure after suffering a disappointing loss. Meanwhile, now taking the top spot in the BCS poll, Oregon hopes to maintain its undefeated record, though faces challenges in both 15th ranked Arizona and rival Oregon St.