Oregon 35 – USC 38
Oregon lost to USC 38-35 with a comeback that came up just short and to say the loss was a big one is a major understatement.
The loss snapped the Ducks 21-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation, and Oregon gave up a golden chance to move up in the polls since Oklahoma State lost on Friday night.
With the loss the Ducks will not be playing for the BCS championship for the 2nd straight season.
Here are 5 reasons the Ducks lost to the Trojans.
1. The comeback fell just short – USC led Oregon 24-7 in the 3rd quarter and made a great comeback to get within 3 points. The Ducks then came up with a huge play recovering a fumble from USC RB Marc Tyler deep in their territory with a little less than 3 minutes left.
The Ducks marched down the field, but Alejandro Maldondado missed a 37-yard FG that would have tied the game.
2. Oregon D had no answer for Matt Barkley – Barkley was solid in the game going 26/34 for 323 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT. Barkley passed 3 first half TD’s and only had 8 incomplete passes the whole game.
3. LaMichael James was not himself – In his last 2 games James had rushed for 302 yards, but in the USC game he only rushed for 78 yards and averaged a less than stellar 3.9 yards per carry.
Kenjon Barner did rush for 123 yards, but James is the workhorse and after coming into the game averaging almost 292 rushing yards the Ducks only had 209 against the Trojans.
James is known for breaking out some long runs since he is so fast and hard to take down, but in the USC game his longest run was only 9 yards.
4. USC had the ball WAY too long – The Trojans totally dominated the time of possession battle in the game 36:27 to 23:33.
One of the main reasons USC controlled the clock was that they had a legit rushing offense gaining 139 yards on the ground.
5. Oregon could not get it going early – The Ducks’ offense looked out of sync in the first half and the USC game was the first one all season where Oregon did not score in the first quarter.
They only scored 7 points in the first half and because of that had to play catch up for the whole game.
Next Up: Oregon can still wrap up the Pac 12 North Division, as they have to beat Oregon State at home in the Civil War game.
OSU is only 3-8 on the season, but they scored 38 points in their big upset win over Washington on Saturday.