Oregon Tops USC In Shootout
Posted by Michael Mintos on Nov 4, 2012 - 10:14:56 AM
ANGELES—Defense was an afterthought on Saturday in the Los Angeles Coliseum as
the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans lit up the scoreboard for a combined 113
points and 1,345 yards. A thrilling second half that went back and forth ended
with Oregon coming out on top 62-51.
running back Kenjon Barner lifted his team to 9-0 on the season with a stunning
performance in which he racked up 321 yards rushing and scored 5 touchdowns. The
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was near perfect, completing 20 of 23 passes
for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Trojan WR Marqise Lee. Photo courtesy of Facebook
raced out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter until Trojan quarterback Matt
Barkley let loose with touchdown passes of 75 and 76 yards to narrow the lead
to ten at halftime. Barkley finished with 484 yards on 35 completions with 5
touchdowns and 2 interceptions for the Trojans (6-3, 4-3).
Cal amassed 615 total yards on offense but they couldn’t stop Barner and the
Ducks high-powered attack. The 62 points Oregon scored is the most ever allowed
by USC in 124 years of football. Saturday was the Trojans second straight loss
after starting the season 6-1.
Marqise Lee continued his stellar season by catching 12 passes for 157 yards
and 2 TD’s. Freshman receiver Nelson Agholor also contributed 162 receiving
yards and a touchdown. USC plays host to Arizona St. next Saturday before
finishing the season against rival UCLA and 9-0 Notre Dame.