Trojans’ spot the Ducks a possession and Barner makes sure they can’t catch-up as Oregon rolls up record breaking 730 yards of Offense.
USC 51 | Oregon 62
By Gary Montgomery, BVN Staff
Los Angeles – As I so often do while driving into LA on the way to one of the many sporting events I attend, on Saturday I tuned into USC’s pregame show hoping to get updates on injuries and lineup changes. As usual, there are any number of former Trojans giving interviews and going on and on about how the game will unfold and what USC has to do to win. All of the usual pundit babble.
However, as one of the old Trojans was laying out his formula for a win, he said something that caught my attention.
He said that Oregon (9-0;6-0 PAC 12) was 34-0 in games where they were leading at half-time and that it would behoove the Trojan’s to try and get a lead early to see how the Ducks would respond to playing from behind. “Make the Ducks come after you,” he shouted.
I thought, that makes a lot of sense. USC (6-3; 4-3 PAC-12) has one of the most talented collections of offensive talent in college football and the ability to score in lightning strikes. Their ability to put up points could easily help them keep up with the Ducks if they didn’t fall too far behind early.
Well, either the USC coaching staff doesn’t listen to pregame shows or don’t give a darn what old players think. After winning the coin toss and earning the right to receive the football first, USC chose to defer and give the best offense in the nation the ball. So grateful were the visiting Ducks that they only kept it for 1:05 seconds. Oregon executed a 5 play 75-yard drive in just over a minute to put USC in a 7-0 hole and the Ducks never looked back.
The Ducks rolled up a record 730 yards of offense against USC in Saturday’s shoot out and moved up to number 2 in the latest BCS polls. USC dropped to number 21 after the loss but still has hopes of representing the South Division of the PAC 12.
Most of the damage was inflicted by former Riverside Notre Dame star Kenjon Barner. Barner’s incredible day not only sunk the Trojans’ hopes but catapulted Barner into the Heisman race in a big way. Barner had 321-yards rushing on 38 carries breaking the previous opponent rushing record against USC recently set by his former teammate and friend LaMicheal James.
G. Montgomery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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