Greetings, Oregonians! With the resounding 36-7 victory over USC in Reser, Pac-10 Oregon teams are perfect in their last five games over good (sometimes phenomenal) Trojan teams. Why can't USC win in the Beaver State? I don't know, but it's not my job to find out. It's just my job to enjoy it!
Yes, five times have our SoCal guests come up for a pigskin visit, and we've been graceous hosts, ensuring they always leave with a party bag chock-full of FAIL. Since the Pac-12 expansion means we won't be kicking USC's butt here on a yearly basis anymore, it's a great time to reflect on our stellar run and enjoy some memories.
Oct. 28, 2006 - Beavers End Trojan Pac-10 Winning Streak at 27
#3 USC 6-0 (4-0) - 31
Oregon State 4-3 (2-2) - 33
Though undefeated, the Trojans were ripe for an upset. They had won their last three games by just 6, 6, and 7 points, and the Beavs had momentum with consecutive road wins at Washington and Arizona.
Bryan Payton intercepted an SC pass in the end zone on the Trojans' first drive. OSU struck first, scoring a touchdown after a later 69-yard drive under QB Matt Moore. The Trojans answered with a 58-yard drive of their own in the second quarter. Legendary Beaver kicker, Alexis Serna, made field goals of 47, 31, and 53 yards to give his team a 16-7 lead. USC kicker Mario Danelo answered with a 29-yarder with seven seconds left in the half, bringing the halftime score to 16-10.
The third quarter was all Beavers. TE Joe Newton caught a 9-yard TD pass, followed less than two minutes later by a Sammie Stroughter punt return for another touchdown. With 4:51 left in the 3rd, Serna kicked a 20-yard field goal to increase the lead to 33-10. USC battled back. John David Booty threw touchdown passes to Fred Davis and Steve Smith, and made a 2-point conversion. The large Beaver lead shrank to a nail-biting 33-25 with 12:09 left to play. The two teams' defenses held each other scoreless until Steve Smith caught a two-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds on the clock (33-31). Fans at Reser were on the edge of their seats as SC went for the 2-point conversion to force overtime. However, Beaver Nation breathed a sigh of relief and celebrated when Jeff Van Orsow batted down the game-tying pass.
Stroughter (I met him in person, yay!) had a great game - 8 receptions for 127 yards plus the 70-yard touchdown punt return.
OSU vs USC - Game Recap Channel 8 (via axum1)
"I think we were ready for them. I don't think we were in awe of them, but obviously we respected them. They are a very good team. They had, who knows how many Pac-10 wins? We definitely respected them, but we knew we could play with them." - Joe Newton
"I'm so stoked right now, I can't explain it!" - Matt Moore
If he couldn't explain that, I wonder if he could explain the feeling after the exciting Sun Bowl win :)
"How 'bout those Beavers!" - Mike Riley
"We're not a bad team." - USC DE Lawrence Jackson
That's kind of cute, it's like he was trying to convince someone (himself?)
Comments from Conquest Chronicles (the SB Nation Trojan blog):
"USC 31 Oregon St. 33 ...No, it wasn't that close." - Paragon SC (blog mod)
"can you believe it.
Wow, this is embarrassing. So much about worrying about that 4 game stretch." -RCollier27
Happy to take the pressure off.
OSU finished the season 10-4, capping it with a 39-38 come-from-behind win over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. The Trojans lost one more time at UCLA, but beat Michigan 21-18 in the Rose Bowl.
Oct. 27, 2007 - Oregon's National Championship Hopes Stay Alive
#12 USC 6-1 (3-1) - 17
#5 Oregon 6-1 (3-1) - 24
USC had racked up impressive road wins at Nebraska, Washington, and Notre Dame, in addition to three wins at the Coliseum. Their only loss was a 24-23 home loss against Stanford, in which QB John David Booty had a particularly bad four-interception game. With Booty's middle finger broken, backup Mark Sanchez led the Trojans into Autzen Stadium. The Ducks were rolling in a fantastic season under Heisman Candidate QB Dennis Dixon. A 39-7 curb-stomping of Michigan at the Big House had vaulted Oregon into the national spotlight. Their only loss was against #6 Cal, 31-24, in a close game that ended with a Duck fumble into the end zone for a touchback.
Far from the high-scoring affair people expected, the game began as a defensive battle, with the first score coming over 12 minutes in. Dixon ran into the end zone on one of his trademark fake handoffs to RB Jonathan Stewart. The teams traded field goals in the second quarter, and the Ducks went into halftime with a 10-3 lead.
SC tied the game with a touchdown pass to Patrick Turner in the third, but Oregon responded with a 16-yard Stewart touchdown run. Stewart found the end zone again in the fourth to give the Ducks their biggest lead of the game at 24-10! David Ausberry caught a touchdown pass to cap off a 5-play, 85-yard drive with 4:44 remaining. Behind one touchdown, the Trojans marched down the field from their own 18 to the Oregon 33. Their comeback came to an abrupt end as FS Matthew Harper intercepted a Sanchez pass with 11 seconds on the clock.
"We couldn't really get anything going, and defensively they were a lot better than I anticipated." - Pete Carroll
"We wanted to prove a point. I know our offense gets a lot of publicity. The defense wanted to make a statement, too. Today we did that." - Matthew Harper
"They have been top dogs. But this is a different year." - Jonathan Stewart
Comments from Conquest Chronicles:
"I can't believe it.....
jesus christ stewart is a beast" - Paragon SC
could these announcers be ANY further up Dixon & Stewart's asses?" - tiny trojan
If you were watching on OSN, no.
"that brown haired Oregon cheerleader
with the bright red lipstick is making me feel crazy." - The Humanitarian
I think we can all agree with this one. +1000
Oregon went on to beat #6 Arizona State and achieve a #2 ranking, before the injury at Arizona that ended Dixon's college career. The Trojans went undefeated in their remaining games, ending the season with a 49-17 rout of Illinois (Illinois? Really?) in the Rose Bowl.
Sept. 25, 2008 - History Repeats for the Beavers
#1(AP) USC 2-0 (0-0) - 21
Oregon State 1-2 (0-1) - 27
USC had been playing lights-out. The Trojan juggernaut followed a 52-7 blowout of Virginia with a nationally televised 35-3 trouncing of #5 Ohio State. The Beavs, on the other hand, had suffered a heartbreaking 36-28 loss at Stanford, and a 45-14 humiliation at Penn State. Righting the ship with a 45-7 win against Hawaii, though, the Beavers were pumped to give it their all and repeat the Reser magic.
James Rodgers scored first off an eight-yard pass from QB Lyle Moevao in the first quarter. Bro Quizz ran up and down the field, making Trojans miss tackles, and got into the end zone with a two-yard run up the middle in the second. With only four seconds before halftime, a Moevao pass bounced off a Trojan defender's fingers in the end zone, landing into the hands of James for another touchdown! OSU went into the half up 21-0.
The Trojans, however, were too talented to just fade into the night. Early in the 3rd quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Johnson for their first score. Seven minutes later, the future Jets QB threw another 29-yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams, getting the Trojans back to within one score of the Beavs. Neither team scored for the next fifteen minutes. Then, Sanchez lobbed a high pass near his own end zone that was intercepted by FS Greg Laybourn. Laybourn trucked the ball back to the 2-yard line, and Quizz ran the ball in for the TD! A missed extra point held the Beaver lead at 27-14, as the crowd gathered by the sidelines ready to storm the field. With 2:39 left in the game, USC drove down the field for a touchdown, filling Beaver Nation with anxiety over that missed extra point. Luckily, though, Taylor Kavanaugh recovered the onside kick to seal the win!
Fun fact: The Beavers scored nearly a quarter (23%) of all the points USC allowed the entire year.
Oregon State upsets USC! (via blazerthedog)
"The guys up front did a good job to establish the run game.... I'm hidin' behind a lineman - I'm a small dude, they couldn't find me!" - Jacquizz Rodgers (37 carries for 186 yards and 2 TDs)
"I'm beside myself. They didn't hide what they were doing, they just did it. We couldn't stop it. We couldn't tackle." - Pete Carroll
"Ouch!" - Mark Sanchez's armband, as he threw it against a wall in disgust after the loss
Post-game comment from Conquest Chronicles:
"I don't have any answers...and I am totally perplexed.
I simply can't and won't accept the whole Pac-10 familiarity argument.
Not with this talent.
Not with all this talk about being prepared and practicing well." - Paragon SC
This was the Trojans' sole loss of the 2008 season. They finished 12-1 with a 38-24 victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. OSU went on to play the Civil War for the Rose Bowl, where something happened... I can't really remember what... Hmm, maybe I'll look it up one day... Or not :-( In any case, they finished the season 9-4 with a "thrilling" 3-0 Sun Bowl win against Pittsburgh.
Oct. 31, 2009 - Blowout at Autzen
#5 USC 6-1 (3-1) - 20
#10 Oregon 6-1 (4-0) - 47
ESPN Gameday made its first trip to Eugene for this battle of two top-10 heavyweights. USC was coming off a close 42-36 home win over the Beavers, and had beaten Ohio State, Cal, and Notre Dame, among others. The Trojans' only loss was from a 16-13 trip to Washington, generally attibuted to starting QB Matt Barkley not playing that week due to injury. The Ducks had opened the season with a horrible 19-8 loss at Boise State (the one with the infamous punch), but were since gaining steam with impressive victories over Utah, Cal, and Washington.
The game started out close, with SC and Oregon trading field goals and touchdowns. The Ducks went into halftime with a 24-17 lead, but busted the game open in the 3rd with a field goal followed by touchdown runs courtesy of LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. After two more field goals tacked on for good measure, the Ducks outscored the Trojans in the second half 23-3. QB Jeremiah Masoli stole the spotlight that Halloween night like... well, you know the joke ;-) He completed 19 of 31 passes for 222 yards and a TD (no interceptions), and gained 164 yards on the ground plus a rushing TD. LaMichael James made a name for himself nationally, gashing the Trojan D for 183 yards, and helping to send them back to LA with their worst loss since 1997. In fact, the Trojans had not lost a game by more than a touchdown since a 27-16 loss to Notre Dame in 2001.
USC Trojans at Oregon Ducks 2009 (via kabuman)
"You know, this team, once they get rolling - they play with such confidence, it's kind of scary." - Chip Kelly
"It was just an overloaded ballgame by them. Masoli was ridiculously effective. We really had our chances to make things happen but we couldn't tackle them in the backfield. The runs that he popped whether scrambles or by design just broke our back. It was a very, obviously, difficult night." - Pete Carroll
Overloaded, ridiculous, and obvious. How great are those for word-choice? I love a good Pete Carroll post-game.
Comment from Conquest Chronicles:
"This is not Stanford...this is not losing in Corvallis.
This was a top team in the Pac-10 that absolutely schooled USC.
The USC defense once again was exposed, beat up and confused." - Paragon SC
Please don't say the defense was "exposed" - it's giving me downright horrifying mental images x_x
This game signaled the changing of the guard in the Pac-10, as USC has not led the Pac-10 over Oregon since. The Trojans and Ducks both went on to lose to Stanford, but the Ducks' strong performance for the season landed them a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995.
Nov. 20, 2010 - Beavers Bounce Back
#20(AP) USC 7-3 (4-3) - 7
Oregon State 4-5 (3-3) - 36
With the Trojans coming off a big 24-21 win at #18 Arizona and OSU reeling from losses to UCLA and Pac-10 punching bag Wazzu, this one could have been ugly. And it was, but for USC.
The Beavs scored first with a Justin Kahut field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Jordan Poyer intercepted Trojan QB Matt Barkley's pass for a pick-6 with Kahut making the extra point for a 10-0 Beaver lead. Jacquizz Rodgers later ran in a 3-yard TD, and Kahut scored another field goal, putting the team up 20-0. Unfortunately for USC, disaster struck shortly before halftime as Barkley sprained his ankle during a sack by DE Kevin Frahm. (Best wishes for his speedy recovery; he seems like a good young man.)
SC scored a touchdown in the third on a 13-yard run by C.J. Gable, but backup QB Mitch Mustain couldn't muster enough offense for a comeback. Ryan Katz connected with Jordan Bishop and Joe Halahuni for touchdowns in the fourth to put the nail in USC's Corvallis coffin. Dominated on both sides of the ball, the Trojans suffered their worst defeat of the season, making the 53-32 stomping by Oregon in the Coliseum look like a close game.
USC vs. OSU KVAL highlights (via Videos4KVAL)
"Just coming out before the game, you could tell something was different." - Ryan Katz
And after that Wazzu debacle, thank goodness!
"I'm really shocked at the outcome of this game. Somehow, some way, it ended up like we always do up here. Down by 20." - Lane Kiffin
He's shocked it happened again? I can understand expecting a win, but apparently Kiffers hasn't been following along with the history here.
Game comments from Conquest Chronicles:
"jumping Jesus on a pogo stick
We're putting the defense in a bigger and bigger hole each time. We're going to go down a third score before the half at this rate." - DC Trojan
"Really remarkable, just like 06 and 08
I mean, it's not all us. The Beavs are playing out of their minds. Unexplainable." - DFWTrojan
Credit here, because in 2008 most Trojans insisted it was all them.
"That game was the worst USC played all year, I can’t believe that OSU is that good since I saw Riley completely blow ucla game and getting blow out at WSU makes us look like crap. Oh and another thing Lane needs to get his play calling in order, since he remind me of a women who can’t decide what to pack on a vacation." - so.cal.native1952
...I take it back.
After so many home wins in a row over USC, we've firmly set up camp in the Trojans' heads:
"this team has a mental block about winning in the state of oregon.
They play like they cannot win and the score looks it. Now down to our 4th running back and backup QB this is done. F prestige worldwide and F the baby blue and ND. This is gonna be a a fun two weeks of suck. Fight On!" - USC_Fire
"I expected to lose this game before the season started
but that doesn't make what is happening any easier." - bluemax
Don't worry, bluemax - as of kickoff I expected to lose this game too. One of us had to be wrong.
"FUC* the state of Oregon.
I'm gald we don't go back to this POS after the new pac12 stupid split. I hope Cartman and Katulu burn this place." - USC_Fire
As they say, "if you can't beat 'em, burn 'em." (someone must have been spending some time on OBNUG)
By the way, I love this guy's quote. It sums up this entire post.
And thus, the Pac-10 era comes to an end in 2010 with Oregon and Oregon State doubling up on wins to go 2-0 over USC. Please come again, Trojans! :-) And bring the horse if you can, he's kind of cool. Just don't expect us to do any scooping (if you know what I mean.)
[Note to any Trojans reading this (yeah right): The only reason this is even worth gloating about is because your team is an awesome national football power who usually rolls everyone. No one here realistically marks these games down as an easy W. Be proud of your teams' accomplishments, but please let us enjoy the victories!]
(Non-video sources: espn.go.com, rivals.com, washingtonpost.com, and my memory ;-) )