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Oregon vs. USC: Ducks roll in LA

Oregon's offense was clicking on all cylinders on Saturday, as they steamrolled USC's defense in a wild 62-51 victory.

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Oregon the new No. 3 in the BCS Rankings

With their schedule toughening, the Oregon Ducks were finally moved up the BCS Standings Sunday evening and now rest at No. 3.


The Oregon Ducks put on a show for the ages

The Oregon Ducks couldn't be stopped, and Addicted to Quack couldn't help but watch.


Oregon vs. USC final: Ducks win 62-51

The No. 4 Oregon Ducks defeated the No. 17 USC Trojans by the score of 62-51 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in a high scoring and equally-entertaining affair on Saturday.

With the victory, Oregon remained undefeated and did so behind their dynamic and quick strike offense, led by freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota and senior running back Kenjon Barner.

Their offense was simply overwhelming for the Trojans on Saturday night, evident with 62 points and 732 yards of total offense. The 62 points were the most any opponent has ever scored against USC, in the history of the school.

Oregon saw a pair of big leads disappear against the Trojans, giving them a few scares, but ultimately the Ducks would not be contained, let alone stopped, on offense. The attack was firing on all cylinders, whether it was on the ground or through the air.

While the two quarterbacks in the game combined for a staggering 789 yards through the air and 9 passing touchdowns, star running back Kenjon Barner stole the show. The Riverside product rushed for 321 yards, good for a conference record, while scoring five touchdowns.

USC's Matt Barkley played well, passing for five touchdowns and 484 yards, including a pair of one-play touchdown drives to keep the Trojans within reach of Oregon.

Box Score Hero: There's no contest here, as Kenjon Barner broke the Pac-12 conference rushing record with 321 rushing yards while taking it in for five touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: The No. 4 Ducks certainly shouldn't fall in the BCS rankings after such a dominant performance, and depending on the Alabama/LSU game, could move up. The No. 17 Trojans may drop out of the Top 20, though it certainly wasn't a "bad loss" for USC.

But Did They Cover? Oregon easily covered the opening 6-point spread, winning by 17 points on the road.

For More On This Game: For more on Ducks football, visit Oregon blog Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes. For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles.

Next Week's Schedule: The Ducks will stay on the road as they visit the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Nov. 10 while the Trojans will look to recover at home against the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils.

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Ducks open 4th quarter with lead over Trojans

The No. 4 Oregon Ducks lead the No. 17 USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum by the score of 48-38 after three quarters of play in what has been a highly entertaining game.

The Trojans were able to cut Oregon's lead down to just three points in the third quarter, but it wasn't long until the Ducks quick-strike offense put the team back in front by ten. In fact, it took just four plays for the Ducks to drive 74 yards for the score.

After the two teams combined for more than 800 total yards of offense in the first half, Oregon and USC continued their offensive performances, combining for 28 points in the third quarter behind each of their star quarterbacks.

For Oregon, it is quarterback Marcus Mariota putting on a show, as the freshman has completed 17 of 20 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns while picking up an additional 87 on the ground.

USC's quarterback Matt Barkley is doing his best to match the star freshman, putting up 342 yards of his own with three touchdowns, but also two interceptions.


Ducks lead Trojans 34-24 at halftime

The No. 4 Oregon Ducks and No. 17 USC Trojans both put on an offensive show in the first half, combining for more than 800 total yards in the first half, but it is the Ducks that enter halftime with a 34-24 lead.

The Ducks have seen two large leads at separate points in the game both disappear when the game seemed to be out of reach for quarterback Matt Barkley and the Trojans, one being a 21-3 lead and the other being a 34-17 lead.

The Trojans have been able to remain in the game behind quick strike touchdowns of their own in the second quarter from Barkley. While the senior quarterback has been picked off twice, he threw for two touchdowns on a combined two plays in the second quarter.

Fortunately for Oregon, the offense continued to pile points behind quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back Kenjon Barner. Mariota completed 14 of 16 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns while picking up an additional 62 with his feet. Meanwhile, Barner rushed for a pair of touchdowns and accumulated 169 yards on the ground.


Ducks lead Trojans 14-3 after 1st quarter

Marcus Mariota threw for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter for the No. 4 Oregon Ducks, including an early 16-yard connection with running back De'Anthony Thomas, ending the first quarter of play with a 14-3 lead over the No. 17 USC Trojans.

The Ducks opened the game needing only five plays to drive the field for 75 yards and the score, taking just 1:05 off the clock. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was perfect in the passing game, completing all seven of his pass attempts for 117 yards.

After holding the Trojans to a field goal on their drive, the Ducks were able to force star quarterback Matt Barkley into a turnover, intercepting the senior quarterback when the Trojans were in the red zone.

Running back Silas Redd starred for the Trojans in the first quarter, breaking several tackles and running hard for 35 yards in six carries.


All you need to know for Oregon's game against USC

Here's all the need-to-know information for Saturday's marquee Pac-12 showdown between Oregon and USC.


Oregon unveils uniforms for USC game [VIDEO]

Oregon has unveiled their uniforms for Saturday's showdown with USC.


Ducks must respect Trojan wideouts

The USC Trojan wide receiving corps is possibly the biggest challenge the Oregon Ducks will face all season. If USC is to have any chance at an upset over the undefeated Ducks, wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are likely to play a prominent role.

Woods, a junior, has 53 catches for 585 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Lee, a sophomore, leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards (1,129), catches (76), and touchdowns (10). As Dave Miller of National Football Post writes, "That's enough to keep Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti up at night."

But they won't be surprising anyone. Last season, Woods and Lee combined for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 15 catches in a 38-35 upset over Oregon.

Miller also points out that the Ducks have two of the best cornerbacks in the Pac-12 in sophomores Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The two have gone relatively untested so far this season.


Ducks drop to No. 3 in BlogPoll despite win

The BCS isn't the only place where the Ducks are getting passed over, as SB Nation's panel of voters moved the Ducks down despite a loss.


Oregon doesn't move, Oregon St. out of top 10

The Oregon Ducks can still try to move up if they win their final games of the season, while Oregon St. can look to play spoiler and try to line up a spot in the Rose Bowl.

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