LOS ANGELES—The USC Trojans defeated the Oregon Ducks 20-45 on Saturday, November 5.
The matchup marked the fifth straight win for USC, who has surged over the past month. The Trojans jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter after scoring on three straight drives to start the game. Running back Ronald Jones II set a school record with four rushing touchdowns and 171 yards in the win. USC Head Coach Clay Helton expressed immense confidence in Jones after the game.
“I hold my breathe every time he touches it because I know there is a chance he can go all the way,” said Helton. “Between himself and a very effective offensive line, they are doing some special things right now.”
Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 309 yards, including two touchdowns and an interception in the win, while wide receiver Deontay Burnett added seven receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Oregon’s freshman quarterback Justin Herbert completed 18 of 33 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown for the reeling Ducks, who have now lost six of their last seven games. Oregon’s Head Coach Mark Helfrich admitted how dangerous USC could be after the matchup.
“Our guys rallied, but just didn’t seize enough moments there early. As soon as you plugged one hole up in the dike, another one opened up,” said Helfrich. “Those guys are talented enough to make you pay for it.”
The Trojans have now won five games in a row and will prepare for a tough meeting against the playoff bound Washington Huskies on Saturday, November 12.