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Oregon 62, USC 51 (:01 left in fourth quarter)
USC can say it didn't quit.
Matt Barkley connected with Marqise Lee for a three-yard touchdown pass on its final offensive play from scrimmage.
The play followed a terrific catch and run by Robert Woods, who broke several tackles before being knocked out of bounds inside the five after a 27-yard gain.
A two-point conversion pass from Barkley toward Lee fell incomplete.
Oregon 62, USC 45 (`1:58 left in fourth quarter)
USC just went away.
Kenjon Barner did it again, scoring on a nifty 22-yard run -- his fifth touchdown.
Barner has 321 yards rushing.
Oregon 55, USC 45 (5:27 left in fourth quarter)
USC just won't go away.
One problem Oregon has is that every time the Ducks score they have to kickoff to Marqise Lee.
Lee took another return back around midfield and quarterback Matt Barkley took it from there, completing five passes on a nine-play, 53-yard drive.
Tight end Randall Telfer pulled in a three-yard pass from Barkley for the touchdown.
USC nearly made another play when Nickell Robey appeared to recover a high-bouncing onside kick as he slid out of bounds, giving the Trojans the ball back near midfield. However, officials ruled that he did not have possession in bounds, and a review backed up their call.
Oregon 55, USC 38 (9:15 left in fourth quarter)
Oregon's offense is slowing down -- relatively speaking, of course.
Kenjon Barner isn't.
Barner scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a four-yard run and he's inching closer to a 300-yard rushing game.
Barner has already established a record for an opposing back. The previous high rushing game against USC was 241 yards by Penn State's Curtis Enis in 1996.
Barner, from Riverside, has 288 yards rushing in 32 carries.
The bright side for USC: It took 12 plays for Oregon to score.
Oregon 48, USC 38 (1:19 left in third quarter)
The Tojans might be having one of its best offensive performances of the season, but so far the they cannot keep pace with the second-ranked Ducks this evening at the Coliseum.
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota hit receiver Josh Huff with a 36-yard touchdown strike to make give Oregon a 10-point lead late in the third quarter.
Oregon drove 74 yards in four plays and just 66 seconds. Running back Kenjon Barner, who could be headed for a 300-yard day, provided several key runs.
Oregon 41, USC 38 (2:52 left in third quarter)
The track meet between the Trojans and Ducks continued with USC tailback Silas Redd running six yards around end for a touchdown late in the third quarter. That cut Oregon's lead to three points this evening at the Coliseum.
The drive got off to a good start after Marqise Lee returned an Oregon kickoff 82 yards to the Ducks' 16-yard line. Lee also had a clutch 11-yard reception on third down during the short drive.
No. 18 USC was hoping to upset the second-ranked Ducks for the second season in a row.
Oregon 41, USC 31 (5:14 left in third quarter)
Running back Kenjon Barner bulled his way through three tackles on the way to a 10-yard touchdown run, giving the Ducks a 10-point lead over the Trojans late in the third quarter this evening at the Coliseum.
The score capped a 75-yard drive that was kept alive by two fourth-down conversions.
Neither team has punted in this back-and-forth game.
Oregon 34, USC 31 (9:59 left in third quarter)
USC opened the second half with a much-needed score, tailback Silas Redd plunging over the goal line from two yards out as the No. 18-ranked Trojans cut their deficit to three against the second-ranked Ducks this evening at the Coliseum.
The run capped a 65-yard drive. If nothing else, the Trojans needed to slow down the Ducks, who had marched up and down the field at lightning speed in the first half.
USC also needed to overcome a couple of earlier disappointments, the team suffering two turnovers deep in Oregon territory in the first half.
Oregon 34, USC 24 (halftime)
USC squandered a big opportunity at the end of the first half, with receiver Marqise Lee fumbling deep in Oregon territory to end a hurry-up drive.
That allowed the second-ranked Ducks to maintain a 10-point lead over the No. 18 Trojans at halftime here at the Coliseum this evening.
Oregon 34, USC 24 (2:37 left in second quarter)
If you can’t fight them, join them.
The Trojans adopted a little of the Ducks' quick-strike mentality, with quarterback Matt Barkley throwing a 76-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor to cut the deficit to 10 points late in the second quarter at the Coliseum this evening.
Barkley found his target between two defenders and Agholor bounced free to sprint the rest of the way to the end zone.
The score came moments after USC dodged a bullet -- Barkley had a pass intercepted deep in his own territory but Oregon missed a long field-goal attempt.
Oregon 34, USC 17 (5:03 left in second quarter)
At this rate, USC might need a bigger scoreboard to keep track of all the points that the Ducks are scoring this evening at the Coliseum.