USC Trojan Notes

News and notes on the matchup with USC on Nov. 6.

Head coach:  Pete Carroll (4th year at USC)
(Career: 37-9| At USC: 37-9 | Pac-10 record: 20-6)

Current ranking: #1 in both polls
Current record: 8-0, 5-0
Last year's record: 12-1, 7-1
Bowl game: Defeated Iowa in the Orange Bowl 38-17
Streak:  17-game winning streak, 3-game winning streak versus OSU


Last week...
Defeated Washington State 42-12
Reggie Bush and LenDale White each scored two touchdowns, Dwayne Jarrett caught two more from scores from Matt Leinart and No. 1 Southern California routed Washington State 42-12 Saturday.

In rolling up 426 yards of offense, USC (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) extended its winning streak to 17 games and 12 straight in the Pac-10 Conference. recap | box score

Last time USC and OSU met...
Dec. 6, 2003, USC 52, Oregon State 28
The USC Trojans did their part. Now they play a waiting game.

Matt Leinart threw five touchdown passes and No. 2 Southern California beat Oregon State 52-28 Saturday in the Trojans' regular-season finale. recap | box score


Last time USC and OSU met in Reser Stadium...
Sept. 30, 2000, Oregon State 31, No. 8 USC 21
The last time Oregon State beat Southern Cal, the Beavers brought down O.J. Simpson before he could reach the end zone and ruin their 3-0 victory.

No one could stop Oregon State's Ken Simonton as he ran for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns as the Beavers beat No. 8 Southern Cal 31-21 on Saturday to break a 26-game losing streak against the Trojans. recap | box score


Series history (USC leads 56-8-4)...
USC makes only its third trip to Corvallis the 68-game history of the series, the Trojans have played in Corvallis only 13 times...nine games have been played in Portland,one in Tacoma (1914) and 45 in Los Angeles...series dates back to 1914...USC won 26 straight games between 1968 and 1999,before OSU ended the streak with a 31-21 victory during the 2000season. The Trojans have won the last three meetings, all in LosAngeles. OSU nearly made it two in row vs. the Trojans, but a pair of missed field goals in the 2001 game ultimately led to a 16-13 overtime victory for the Trojans at the L.A. Coliseum...USC has a better winning percentage (85.3%) against OSU than any other Pac-10 school...USC has posted 17 shutouts during the series.


Remember 2000...
In 2000 in the last meeting in Corvallis, Oregon State—behind the running of TB Ken Simonton and an opportunistic defense that forced 4 turnovers—ended 33 years of frustration when it upset No. 8 USC, 31-21. The loss snapped USC's Pac-10 record 26-game winning streak over the Beavers (OSU's last win over Troy was in 1967). Simonton, Oregon State's career rushing and scoring leader who entered the game as the nation's No. 5 rusher (158.3), ran for 234 yards (the second most ever against USC and the second most by a Beaver) on 37 carries (tied for the third most ever against Troy) and scored 3 times. And the Beaver defense, which was ranked in the national Top 20 in every category, picked off 3 passes by QB Carson Palmer, recovered a fumble (on the USC 6), and limited the Trojans to 63 rushing yards and 4-of-14 on third down conversions. USC squandered several scoring opportunities, including missing a field goal (after a touchdown was erased because of a penalty) at the start of the second half and throwing an interception at the OSU 9 late in the fourth quarter. Oregon State jumped off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 15-yard TD pass from QB Jonathan Smith to SE Chad Johnson (after picking off a Palmer pass) and then on a 20-yard Simonton TD burst. But USC tied it up quickly as Palmer hit WR Matt Nickels on a 12-yard TD pass and then LB Zeke Moreno scooped up a fumble and raced 80 yards for a score early in the second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, OSU took a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Simonton TD run (after USC's fumble near the goal line) and a 41-yard field goal by PK Ryan Cesca. Despite throwing interceptions on its next 2 drives, USC pulled within 24-21 with 2:16 to play on a 1-yard Palmer TD pass to FB Chad Pierson (following a botched OSU punt attempt). But USC couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick and Simonton soon ran 36 yards for the final score. The Beavers were particularly dominant in the first half, out gaining Troy 276-150. Palmer was 19-of-38 for 282 yards. USC played most of the second half without TB Sultan McCullough (33 yards on 10 carries), who slightly sprained his knee on the opening drive of the half. The win gave Oregon State its first 4-0 start since 1957.


Remember 1967...
In 1967, coach John McKay's top-ranked USC team took its 8-0 record to Corvallis to face Dee Andros' 5-2-1 Oregon State squad. The game was played on a field muddy from the day's constant rain. In perhaps the biggest upset in the series (and "the greatest day in the state of Oregon's athletics," according to some), the Beavers came away with a 3-0 victory on a 30-yard field goal by Mike Haggard in the second quarter following a Trojan fumble. USC star TB O.J. Simpson—despite an injured foot—ran for 188 yards on 33 carries, but the inclement weather affected QB Steve Sogge's passing (he completed just 4-of-10 passes for 6 yards). OSU FB Bill "Earthquake" Enyart nearly matched Simpson's output, getting 135 yards on 24 rushes. Beaver P Gary Houser's 8 punts kept USC in poor field position most of the game and the Beaver defense did its job. Rikki Aldridge missed a 26-yard field goal on USC's opening drive (Haggard missed 2 others for OSU). Despite the disheartening loss, USC recovered to beat UCLA, 21-20, the following week and then defeated Indiana in the Rose Bowl to capture the national championship.


Against number ones...
The last time the defending Associated Press national champions visited Corvallis was Oct. 6, 1973 by USC. The Trojans won that game 21-7.  Oregon State is 1-5 all time vs. No. 1 ranked teams at the time of the game. The Beavers last played a top-ranked team on Oct. 16, 1982 at Corvallis -- losing to Washington 34-17. Here is a closer look at the games vs. No. 1:

  • Oct. 16, 1982 vs. Washington -- UW 34-17
    UW -- QB Steve Pelleur 240 yds passing; RB Jacque Robinson 99 yds; WR Paul Skansi 8 rec. 86 yds. OSU -- RB Bryce Oglesby 107 yds; QB Ed Singler 166 yds passing. OSU trails 20-17 in 3rd quarter.
  • Oct. 3, 1981 vs. USC -- USC 56-22
    SC -- RB Marcus Allen 233 yds, 3 tds; OSU -- QB Ed Singler 222 yds USC leads 43-17 at halftime, Allen scores all three tds in first half.
  • Sept. 15, 1979 vs. USC -- USC 42-5
    SC -- RB Mike Harper 126 yds; QB Paul McDonald 2 td passes; OSU-- QB Scott Richardson 248 yds. USC leads 35-3 at halftime.
  • Sept. 16, 1972 at USC -- USC 51-6
    SC -- QB Mike Rae 248 yds, 1 td; RB Rod McNeil 111 yds, 3 tds; SC 670 total yards, OSU 92; OSU 7 fumbles, loses 5.
  • Nov. 16, 1968 at USC -- USC 17-13
    OSU leads 7-0 entering 4th quarter; SC -- RB O.J. Simpson 238 yds,1 td; QB Steve Sogge 110 yds passing, 1 td; OSU -- RB Bill Enyart 68 yds, 1 td; QB Steve Preece 151 yds passing, 1 td.
  • Nov. 11, 1967 vs. USC -- OSU 3-0
    Total Yds -- USC 206, OSU 204; SC -- RB O.J. Simpson 188 yds; OSU -- RB Bill Enyart 135 yds; OSU PK Mike Haggard 30-yard FG in 2nd quarter.

Trojan connections...
Oregon State head coach Mike Riley was the USC offensive coordinator/assistant head coach from 1993-96 -- USC won the Rose, Cotton and Freedom Bowls during his tenure. Beaver defensive coordinator Mark Banker was an assistant at USC in 1996. Wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander was an offensive assistant at SC in 1996 and ‘97, and a video coordinator in 95. Alexander was a two-year letterman receiver at USC. Graduate assistant coach Gurjot Dhaliwal was a tight end at SC from 1985-88.


Players to watch:

ATH Reggie Bush - he can hurt you in passing game, he can hurt you in the running game, and he can hurt you in the return game...Bush can do it all and he toasted the Beavers last year...if Bush has another big game, it could be another blowout

DT Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson - will put a ton of pressure on the black and orange offensive line...will make it difficult for Oregon State to run and will try and get to Anderson early and often.

LB Matt Grootegoed - leads the Pac-10 and is seventh nationally in and reacts well to ball.

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