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November 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Kevon Seymour got his wish. USC's sophomore cornerback expected that Oregon State would target him during Friday night's game at Reser Stadium. “I want the opportunity,” Seymour said earlier in the week. “I'm like, 'Please go at me.' That's how I make a name. That's how I get better.” Seymour struggled at times, but he toughened as the game progressed and intercepted a pass by Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion in the fourth quarter to help preserve USC's 31-14 victory.
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November 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Until a few weeks ago, USC's secondary was derided as perhaps the Trojans' weakest link. But going into next Saturday's game at California, the unit continues to show noteworthy improvement. USC defensive backs intercepted three passes Friday in the Trojans' 31-14 victory over Oregon State, which entered the game as college football's most productive passing offense. It was the second week in a row that USC picked off three passes, raising its season interception total to 13. The Trojans were ranked eighth nationally in interceptions going into Saturday's games.
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November 1, 2013 | By Gary Klein
  CORVALLIS, Ore. -- USC receiver Marqise Lee returned from injury and helped spark the Trojans to a 31-14 victory Oregon State on Friday night at Reser Stadium. Lee, who sat out last week against Utah because of a knee injury, caught five passes for 105 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown on the Trojans' first offensive play. Lee caught three passes for 100 yards in the first half. Lee's touchdown was only his second of a season that has been stalled by injuries.
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November 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA plays Colorado at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Get out the abacus. The Buffaloes have given up 50 or more points in six of 13 Pac-12 games the last two seasons. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Heal thy self UCLA is coming off back-to-back losses, to No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford, which left plenty of work for everyone on offense. Colorado's defense is the perfect proving ground. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has not played particularly well since a 34-27 victory over Utah on Oct. 3. He had gussied-up numbers against a depleted and bad California defense (410 yards passing)
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November 1, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman and Gary Klein
  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.
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November 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
  CORVALLIS, Ore. - They threw it deep again, Marqise Lee sprinting, Nelson Agholor shedding, Cody Kessler winging, their expressions stuck on wow. They ran it hard again, eight times on one touchdown drive, half the field on one touchdown run, and all at once now, everyone say hello to Javorius Allen. They played swaggering defense again, blocking a field goal, picking off a pass in the end zone, enraging nearly 50,000 hostile witnesses with gestures and joy. On the day after Halloween, against an opponent dressed like pumpkins, the USC football team shed its disguise of the last two seasons and became Trojans again.
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November 1, 2013 | By Gary Klein
  CORVALLIS, Ore.  -- USC tailback Javorius Allen ran off the practice field last week holding a football. Allen had dropped the ball on one of his two carries against Utah, losing opportunities to show the progress he has made as a third-year sophomore. He told himself he would not waste another chance. On Friday night at Reser Stadium, Allen seized the moment, rushing for three touchdowns in the Trojans' 31-14 victory over Oregon State. Allen scored on runs of nine, 18 and 52 yards as the Trojans won at Reser Stadium for the first time since 2004.
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October 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Pete Carroll did not want to acknowledge it. Nor did Lane Kiffin. During their coaching tenures at USC, whenever they were asked why it was so difficult for the Trojans to defeat the Beavers on the road, they routinely praised Oregon State Coach Mike Riley. But they usually avoided mention of another factor for fear of distracting their players. Ed Orgeron, USC's interim coach, praised Riley this week - "When the Trojans get up there, he seems to always have his team ready," he said - but he also cited an environment at Reser Stadium that will make it tough once again when the Trojans play Oregon State on Friday night.
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October 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC at OREGON STATE 6 p.m. today, at Corvallis, Ore. (ESPN2) USC will try to end a three-game losing streak at Reser Stadium, where the Trojans have not won since 2004. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Passing fancy Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is the top passer in major-college football. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior has completed 69% of his passes and has thrown for 30 touchdowns, with only three interceptions. In last week's 20-12 loss to Stanford, Mannion completed 41 of 57 attempts for a season-low 271 yards and a touchdown.
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October 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Dion Bailey has intercepted two passes this season for USC, so the Trojans hope the junior safety is available to play Friday night against pass-happy Oregon State. Last week, Bailey was sidelined for the first half against Utah because of shoulder and hip injuries. He suited up at halftime and played the final two quarters after safety Su'a Cravens suffered a groin injury. After the game, Bailey said he received an injection of a painkiller before playing. Asked whether he would require another injection to play Friday, he said, "Hopefully not. My parents don't really like me doing that, so, hopefully, I heal naturally throughout this week and I'm as close to 100% as I need to be for me to play without it. " Freshman Leon McQuay III started at nickel back in place of Bailey against Utah.
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