Los Angeles News
LOS 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.
Oregon 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.
Oregon 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).
Southern 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.
USC receiver 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.
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