EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Curtis McNeal #22 of the USC Trojans celebrates after the Trojans upset the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. USC won the game 38-35. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

USC Vs. Oregon: Missed Field Goal Dooms Ducks Rally, Trojans Win At Autzen, 38-35, First Win At Oregon Since 2005

Saturday night was the first win for USC in the state of Oregon since 2005.

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USC Vs. Oregon Highlights & Recap: Marqise Lee, Robert Woods A Dynamic Duo At Wide Receiver For Trojans

A huge reason why the USC Trojans were able to pull off their 38-35 upset over the No. 4 Oregon Ducks on Saturday night was the continued stellar play of wide receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. The duo just might go down as the best wide receiver tandem in USC school history.

Woods is having an All-American type season, but the freshman Lee has emerged as a weapon of equal potency in the second half of the season. The pair combined for 15 catches, 240 yards, and three touchdowns on Saturday night, with 187 yards coming from Lee.

With one game left in the season, Woods is closing in on some school records, and needs three catches to surpass Keyshawn Johnson for the most catches in a single season in school history.

USC Single Season Pass Catching Leaders
Player Year Games Catches Yards TD
Keyshawn Johnson 1995 12 102 1,434 7
Robert Woods 2011 11 99 1,179 13
Mike Williams 2003 13 95 1,314 16
Dwayne Jarrett 2005 13 91 1,274 16
Johnnie Morton 1993 13 88 1,520 14

Lee meanwhile has caught 60 balls for 919 yards and nine touchdowns, looking to have just the 14th season in USC school history with 1,000 yards receiving. There have only been three pairs of Trojans receivers to reach 1,000 yards in the same season: Mike Williams and Keary Colbert in both 2002 and 2003, and Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett in 2006. Here are the top pass catching duos in USC history:

  • Williams & Colbert (2003): 164 catches, 2,327 yards, 25 TD
  • Williams & Colbert (2002): 152 catches, 2,294 yards, 19 TD
  • Smith & Jarrett (2005): 151 catches, 2,231 yards, 21 TD
  • Smith & Jarrett (2006): 141 catches, 2,098 yards, 21 TD
  • Woods & Lee (2011): 159 catches, 2,098 yards, 22 TD
  • Johnnie Morton & Deon Strother (1993): 145 catches, 2,083 yards, 15 TD

Even with one fewer game this year than everyone else on the list, Woods and Lee have a chance to set school records for most catches, yards, and touchdowns by a duo. They just need a big game against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday night. To set a new record Woods and Lee need 230 combined yards receiving against the Bruins, something they have done three times this season.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Oregon Recap & Highlights: Matt Barkley Has School Records Within Reach

Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans had their finest game of the season on Saturday night, holding on for a 38-35 win over the No. 4 Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Barkley completed 26 of 34 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns as USC picked up its first win in the state of Oregon since 2005.

"I think this was a defining game for us," Barkley told the Associated Press after the game. "We set ourselves apart on both sides of the ball." Barkley, meanwhile, continues to set himself apart in the USC record book.

USC Single Season Touchdown Passing Leaders
Player Year Games Comp% Yards TD Int
Matt Leinart 2003 13 63.4% 3,556 38 9
Mark Sanchez 2008 13 65.8% 3,207 34 10
Matt Barkley 2011 11 67.6% 3,105 33 7
Carson Palmer 2002 13 63.2% 3,942 33 10
Matt Leinart 2004 13 65.3% 3,322 33 6
Rob Johnson 1993 13 68.6% 3,630 29 6
John David Booty 2006 13 61.7% 3,347 29 9

Barkley has the eighth 3,000-yard passing season in school history. He is five touchdowns away from tying the school record for a single season, with Barkley having one fewer game than Matt Leinart in 2003. In addition, Barkley needs 36 completions to match Carson Palmer, who had 309 completions in his Heisman Trophy winning season in 2002.

The Trojans have one game remaining, a home contest against the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next Saturday night. The folks at Conquest Chronicles think Barkley needs a great game against the Bruins to get an invite to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Oregon: Missed Field Goal Dooms Ducks Rally, Trojans Win At Autzen, 38-35

Since Chip Kelly took the helm as head coach, he is unbeatable at Autzen Stadium, handily beating visiting teams as they come in facing the raucous Oregon fans. But head coach Lane Kiffin's first visit at Autzen Stadium proved otherwise as his USC Trojans stopped the rallying Oregon Ducks and defeat them, 38-35.

Matt Barkley led the charge, completing 26 of 35 yards for 323 yards and four touchdown passes with one interception.  Two of those touchdown passes were to wide receiver Robert Woods, who started the game amid missing key practice time.  Woods finished the game with seven grabs for 53 yards.

His friend and fellow Serra alum, Marqise Lee, had a career game, carving up the Duck's secondary with eight catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. 

USC led the game in the 3rd quarter 31-14 before the Ducks charged for a serious run.  The Ducks outscored USC 28-17 in the second half and holding the Trojans scoreless in the fourth quarter.

In the 4th, Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas returned a kickoff for a touchdown, swinging momentum to the Ducks.  After a 3-and-out by USC, the Ducks scored again with a 2:17 drive, pulling within 11 points.  The Ducks would score again and convert a two-point conversion, rallying to 38-35 with just under five minutes to go.

Trojans rebounded with a drive of their own, but a fumble by RB Marc Tyler inside the 10-yard line recovered by Oregon put the Trojans gassed defense against the fast-tempo'd Ducks offense.

With under five seconds to go, Ducks kicker Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal sealing the Trojans a victory. This is the Trojans first win the state of Oregon since 2005.

USC will host rivals UCLA next week at the Coliseum as they will try to win 10 games for the season. 


USC Vs. Oregon Gamescore: USC Leads Oregon 21-7

The USC Trojans entered this game being 14.5 points under dogs, but they are leading the Oregon Ducks, where they are virtually unbeatable at home since head coach Chip Kelly took the helm, 21-7 at the half.

Quarterback Matt Barkley is leading the offensive charge, completing 15 of 19 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. True freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee has caught seven of Barkley’s 15 passes for 195 yards, including a touchdown pass to open the game, 7-0.

Robert Woods, who has not practiced all week, started tonight’s game and has caught five passes for 38 yards including two touchdowns.

The Trojans have not broke into Oregon’s wall on the run as they have only accumulated 29 yards on 15 carries. Curtis McNeal has 25 yards on seven carries.

The Oregon Ducks have out gained the Trojans in yards 220 to USC’s 215, but have given up two turnovers.

In the last drive, the Ducks were poised to score, but LaMichael James fumbled inside the ten yard line, which was recovered by safety Jawanza Starling. James has 66 yards rushing on 16 carries, good for a 4.1 average.

Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas has completed 11 of 16 passes for 134 yards, including a touchdown to De’Anthony Thomas.

Team Sites: Conquest Chronicles; Addicted To Quack


USC Vs. Oregon Gamescore: USC Leads Oregon 7-0

After both teams opening their first drives going three and out, USC striked first with a 59-yard pass from USC quarterback Matt Barkley to freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee to lead the game after first quarter of play, 7-0.

After missing a weeks worth of practice, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods started the game and caught the first ball thrown by Matt Barkley. Woods has caught three passes for 22 yards so far in this game.

The USC Trojans could not run the ball effectively, carring the ball 8 times and only gaining 9 yards.

The Oregon Ducks begun this game sluggishly and have only 36 total yards. Quarterback Darron Thomas is 3 for 6 for 26 yards. Leading rusher LaMichael James has 6 carries for 26 yards.

Barkley threw for 9 out of 11 passes completed for 125 yards, including a touchdown.

UPDATE: Barkley completed a pass to Robert Woods for a touchdown. USC leading the Ducks 14-0 in the 2nd.


USC Vs. Oregon Game Time, TV Schedule And More

With the USC Trojans ineligible for postseason play in 2011, Saturday's matchup against the Oregon Ducks is essentially the bowl game for the program. It will not be easy heading into a hostile environment at Autzen Stadium. With Robert Woods potentially missing the game, the Trojans will have their hands full with the No. 4 team in the country.

Start Time: Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. from Eugene. 

TV Coverage: The game will be aired nationally on ABC. Brent Musburger will handle the play-by-play duties, Kirk Herbstreit serves as the analyst and Erin Andrews will report from the sidelines. 

Radio: 710 ESPN radio will carry the game in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

Weather Report: It'll be a cold and rainy night for football on Saturday. Temperatures will be in the high-30's at the time of kickoff and there's a good chance for rain showers throughout the day.

Opening Line: The Ducks are favored 15 points.

Team Sites: Conquest ChroniclesAddicted To Quack 


USC vs. Oregon Injury Report: Robert Woods Questionable, Trojans Banged Up Heading Into Showdown

The USC Trojans are preparing for their biggest game of the year, although the team is a bit banged up heading into Saturday night's game. On the other side of the field, the Oregon Ducks are as healthy as they have been all season and will have every one of their talented players in action.

Robert Woods is obviously the big name on the USC injury report. Hampered by a bad shoulder and sore ankle, the star wide receiver is listed as questionable for the Pac-12 matchup. In addition to Woods, USC has quite a few players on the defensive side of the ball with their availability in question. A full injury report can be found here.

As mentioned earlier, the Ducks are healthy and ready to go. LaMichael James continues to deal with an injured elbow, but the training staff has done a nice job protecting and keeping the elbow safe with a brace. Cornerback Cliff Harris is out because of a suspension and linebacker Rodney Hardrick is out for undisclosed reasons.

For more on the game, head on over to Conquest Chronicles and Addicted To Quack.


USC vs. Oregon: Robert Woods Uncertain For Crucial Game Against Ducks

This weekend's game against the Oregon Ducks is huge for the USC Trojans. With the team ineligible for postseason play, this is the bowl game for Lane Kiffin's program. Unfortunately for the Trojans, they may be without their biggest big-play threat in Robert Woods. In a game that is expected to feature a ton of scoring, USC needs Woods to play if they hope to win. 

Pedro Maura of ESPN has the story:

USC coach Lane Kiffin continues to insist that injured Trojans receiver Robert Woods' status is in doubt for Saturday's game against Oregon.

Woods didn't practice at all Thursday for the second consecutive day after doing limited drills Tuesday. At some point before 8 p.m. ET Saturday, he has to prove to Kiffin he'll be ready to suit up against the Ducks. What will Kiffin be looking for from the star sophomore receiver who is nursing a sprained ankle and separated shoulder?

"I'm gonna have to see speed, that he can go get in and out of breaks and be able to play at a high level for us," he said Thursday.

Whether or not Woods suits up on Saturday evening, it is imperative that the sophomore wide receiver takes every precaution to avoid a serious injury. Of course all of this talk of potentially missing the game could be a decoy to throw Oregon off their rhythm as they prepare for the Trojans, but it truly sounds like Woods may not play.

Kiffin hasn't seen it yet this week. He characterized Woods' health at about 70 percent, though Woods claims it's better than that. It's clear he's not fully healthy -- it's a matter of getting him to the point where he's healthy enough to play and not seriously risk getting re-injured.

"I feel good enough to go," Woods said Thursday. "I can't see myself standing on the sideline watching."

If the electric receiver is healthy and ready to go, expect some fireworks out of Eugene this weekend. If not, it could be a long night for the Trojans.

For more on this game, check out Conquest Chronicles


USC Vs. Oregon Odds: Trojans Are Huge Underdogs Against Surging Ducks

The USC Trojans face off against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene this weekend as they try to play spoiler. The oddsmakers apparently don't think that the Trojans will do a very good job in doing so. According to OddsShark, the Trojans are 14.5 to 15-point underdogs to the Ducks.

From a statistical standpoint, the line makes sense. Oregon is coming off of a big 53-30 road win against the Stanford Cardinal last week. The Ducks get to play at home this week. Oregon is scoring 46.7 points per game, third-best in the nation.

The Trojans, however, have played extremely well this season. The Trojans showed lots of fight against Stanford, taking Andrew Luck and his teammates to three overtimes before Stanford came out with a 56-48 victory.

USC could do the same against Oregon. The Trojans' chances in this game hinge on the availability of USC star receiver Robert Woods. If Woods plays, the Trojans have the ability to score points and keep things close against the speedy Ducks. If he doesn't play, the Ducks could very well cover the 15-point spread and leave the game just one win away from wrapping up the Pac-12 North.


USC vs. Oregon, Injury Report: Robert Woods Out Against Oregon?

As the USC Trojans prepare for their biggest game of the season against the Oregon Ducks, they unfortunately may be playing without the services of wide receiver Robert Woods, along with a number of other key personel.

Per USC insider Scot Wolf

Breaking news: Lane Kiffin claims WR Robert Woods might not play because of his injured ankle/shoulder
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Kiffin would also go on to mention that Woods is having trouble beating practice squad cornerbacks right now due to his ankle, and is such a competitor that he'll tell coaches he's ready to go no matter what. 

"If you look at the last two games and yesterday, he's going in the wrong direction." Kiffin said of Woods.   

Not exactly a vote of confidence that Woods will be suiting up this weekend, though that might be only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trojan injuries, as both their offensive and defensive lines may be without a couple of starters this Saturday. 

Defensive tackles DaJohn Harris (ankle) and Christian Tupou (knee) did not participate in Wednesday practice, neither did offensive tackle Matt Kalil, though defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron said he expects Harris and Tupou to both play against Oregon.    

For more on the Trojans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles, to see things from a Ducks' perpective, head over to Addicted to Quack


USC Vs. Oregon: Lane Kiffin Preaches Importance Of Rotating Defensive Players In Against Ducks

Lane Kiffin hopes to keep his defense fresh and focused against the speedy Ducks.

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