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USC ends Corvallis drought with 31-14 victory over Oregon State

November 01, 2013|By Mike Hiserman and Gary Klein

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USC clearly looks like a different team under interim Coach Ed Orgeron.

The Trojans won their third consecutive Pac-12 Conference game -- their first at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., since 2004 -- by dominating Oregon State in every phase, 31-14.

Even the much-maligned USC secondary played well, picking off three Sean Mannion passes as the Trojans defense gave up only one touchdown.

The interceptions were made by Josh Shaw, Dion Bailey and Kevon Seymour. Shaw's and Bailey's came in the end zone and near the goal line.

Mannion had 30 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in 391 passes coming into the game. USC matched that in 40 passes on Friday night.

Mannion, who was averaging 408 yards passing a game, finished with 277 on Friday, completing 26 of 45 passes.

USC improved to 6-3 overall -- 3-1 with Orgeron in charge -- and 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon State fell to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in conference play.

The Trojans outgained the Beavers, 489 yards to 369, and had a 242-92 edge in rushing yardage.

Silas Redd ran for 140 yards in 22 carries for USC, and Buck Allen had 133 yards in 16 carries, including scoring runs of nine, 18 and 52 yards.

The Trojans also got production out of Marqise Lee, who returned to the lineup after missing last week's game against Utah with a knee injury.

Lee hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass on USC's first play from scrimmage and finished with five catches for 105 yards.

Oregon's State only touchdown on offense came on a 27-yard pass from Mannion to Brandin Cooks. It was Cooks' nation-leading 14th touchdown reception of the season. However, Cooks wasn't really a factor. He came in averaging 10.6 catches and 157 yards a game, but was held to two catches for 40 yards by USC.

USC quarterback Cody Kessler completed 17 of 21 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. About his only mistake was a pass he threw into triple coverage that was intercepted and returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Ryan Murphy early in the second quarter.

Oregon State didn't score again.


Sean Mannion, who had thrown 391 passes in eight games before this one, with only three interceptions, has thrown as many interceptions tonight in 40 passes.

This one was pulled in by Kevon Seymour, the cornerback beat early in the game on what was Oregon State's only touchdown on offense.

USC leads, 31-14, with 4:04 left in regulation.


Oregon State takes over at its own 35 with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter.

Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion, who came into the game with 30 touchdown passes, three interceptions and averaging 408 yards passing per game, has completed 21 of 36 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.


Dion Bailey just bailed out USC -- and especially freshman cornerback Leon McQuay III.

McQuay received a well-earned personal foul penalty by giving a ridiculous post-play head butt to Oregon State's Brandin Cooks after Cooks gained 11 yards on a run.

But on the next play, Bailey came up with an interception at the 3-yard line, thwarting an Oregon State scoring chance.

The Beavers have been inside the USC 20 three times without scoring. Quarterback Sean Mannion has been intercepted twice in the red zone and the Beavers also missed a chip-shot field goal.

Mannion had been intercepted just three times in 391 passes this season coming into the game.


USC 31, Oregon State 14 (:20 left in third quarter)

What was Buck Allen when this season started? Fourth string?

The junior running back has carried the ball eight times against Oregon State tonight -- three have gone for touchdowns.

Allen just raced 52 yards for a score, giving him 101 yards rushing. USC went 90 yards in six plays.

That's the upside of a season in which scholarship limitations and injuries have taken a toll: a team finds a few diamonds in the rough.

Allen, who is as tough a runner as USC has had in a few years, is clearly one of them.


We interupt this college football blog for a complaint:

College and NFL games shouldn't be played on Friday night.

That night should be reserved for high-school play.

OK, carry on...


Oregon State finally converted on a third-down play after misfiring on its first six.

But the Beavers end up punting anyway, and USC now has the ball at its own 10 with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter.

USC leads, 24-14.


USC's drive stalls at midfield when center Marcus Martin is called for illegal hands to the face on a third-and-one first-down run by Silas Redd.

Oregon State's ball at its own 31 with 6:37 left in the third quarter.


Oregon State Coach Mike Riley said (warned?) during a television interview at halftime that the Beavers needed to find a way to get the ball more to Brandin Cooks.

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