Nothing like a rugged preseason to get a football team ready for conference games.
No. 18 Southern California opened Pacific-10 play Saturday with a 22-0 victory against No. 23 and previously unbeaten Oregon State.
The Trojans (3-1, 1-0) were coming off wins against Auburn and Colorado and a loss to Kansas State. The Beavers (4-1, 0-1) had a softer early schedule with games against Eastern Kentucky, Temple, UNLV and Fresno State.
It has been a march to get to the conference, USC coach Pete Carroll said. Not to take anything away from our first three games, but those were preseason. This is what counts....Ken Peters, Stateman Journal
Beavers feel heat in L.A.
Oregon State's offense streaked into conference play fresh-faced and feeling good, the toast of a top-notch conference. It ended its first Pacific-10 Conference game shocked, staggering and scoreless.
No. 18 USC shut down the conference's most productive offense, beating the No. 23 Beavers 22-0 in front of 56,417 at Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10) have beaten Oregon State 19 consecutive times at the Coliseum, the conference's longest active streak. The Beavers have not won here since 1960, and Saturday's loss followed last season's three-point defeat in overtime...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian
Trojans knock Anderson, Beavers around
USC's rugged front four welcomed Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson to the Pacific-10 Conference on Saturday.
They did it face to face, sacking Anderson five times, hitting him as he released when they didn't get the sack and totally disrupting the rhythm of the OSU passing game en route to a 22-0 victory...Ken Goe, Oregonian
USC stymies Beavers: Trojans blank OSU in Pac-10 opener
It was not expected, that unsolicited shutdown of Oregon State's offense.
The same offense that had feasted on four apparently not-so-strong nonconference opponents while scoring 48 points and piling up 500 yards a game.
On Saturday, the Beavers came up with no points and 131 yards (15 more than they had in penalties and nearly 400 fewer than their punt yardage) and were carted off on Trojan shields amid the ashes of a 22-0 loss to 18th-ranked USC...Bob Rodman, Register Guard
Oregon State perfection turns to frustration
All that talk, all that hope and all those dreams of an immediate return to glory by Oregon State seemed pretty well trampled by that darn white horse.
Traveler, the four-legged symbol that bludgeons USC opponents with his circling of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field each time the Trojans score, did his number on the Beavers - just like they did on themselves...Bob Rodman, Register Guard
Beavers Fall Short In Pac-10 Opener Against USC, 22-0
Carson Palmer threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Williams, and Southern California's defense shut down Oregon State as the No. 18 Trojans beat the No. 23 Beavers 22-0 Saturday in their Pac-10 opener at Los Angeles.
USC (3-1, 1-0) was coming off a rugged opening stretch, while previously unbeaten Oregon State (4-1, 0-1) piled up yards and points against a relatively soft schedule...OSUBeavers.com/Associated Press
Move over, posers
The audits have been conducted, and the authorities have been notified.
This weekend in college football exposed several cases of fraud around the country, the impostors accused of using soft non-conference schedules to pose as league and/or national contenders.
The list of culprits begins with Oregon State, which entered its Pac-10 schedule sporting a 4-0 record, a newfound spot in the Top 25 polls and growing talk that this seasons Beavers could duplicate their breakout 11-1 campaign of two years ago. They were at least capable of going to L.A. Memorial Coliseum and ending a staggering 42-year road drought against USC...Stewart Mandel, CNNSI
OSU gets wake up loss
Pretty much since Ernie Nevers was running roughshod on the West Coast, there have been certain verities about Pac-10 football:
Got some of the nation's most enticing metropolitan areas. The games are sometimes going to take four hours, because the ball's in the air a lot.
And it's not a league for young quarterbacks...Bud Withers, Seattle Times
Dennis Erickson has been around football his entire life, and yet Oregon State's coach can't recall seeing a team playing so well on one side of the ball play so poorly a week later.
After watching the Beavers' offense manhandle four straight opponents, Erickson was nearly at a loss for words after seeing the No. 18 Southern California defense dismantle No. 23 Oregon State's offense in a 22-0 Pacific-10 Conference opening victory at the Los Angles Coliseum on Saturday...Mid Valley Sunday and AP
USC tradition refuses to go quietly
Maybe it's that there really isn't much football tradition at Oregon State to speak of.
Sure, there was the Beaver Walk and the touching of the bronze beaver during the Pettibone years. And the OSU chant by the fans has made a splash since the Fiesta Bowl.
You won't see a white horse lapping the Reser Stadium turf anytime soon...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday
Defense kept OSU hopes alive
The Oregon State football team had few positives to look at after a 22-0 loss at University of Southern California, but the Beavers did stay close for much of the game with a strong defensive performance.
The Beavers held the Trojans to 120 yards rushing and 330 total yards despite spending much of the game on the field.
Linebacker Nick Barnett said he did not feel tired, but did admit that spending the majority of the game shedding blocks by 300-pound linemen and slamming into running backs can take its toll...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday
USC defense stifles Oregon State
Shaun Cody's first thought when he woke up Saturday morning was how impressive it would be if USC shut out Oregon State. Cody didn't slap himself to make sure he wasn't dreaming, because he enjoyed the idea of setting a lofty goal.
"If we shut out Oregon State, we could send something to the rest of the Pac-10,' Cody said. "We could show something to everybody.'
Until Saturday anyway. Cody saw the future perfectly, as the 18th-ranked Trojans completely frustrated 23rd-ranked Oregon State in a 22-0 victory before 56,417 at the Coliseum in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams...Scott Wolf, Press Telegram
Trojans O so good
Pete Carroll couldn't stomach an unthinkable shootout, so his defense delivered the unimaginable: a shutout.
USC's coach left the Coliseum on Saturday with the game ball after his simple but stellar defensive plan rendered one of the most productive offenses in the nation impotent, and the Trojans stormed to a 22-0 victory over Oregon State in the teams' Pac-10 opener in front of 56,417...Todd Harmonson, OC Register
Beavers don't make point
Oregon State came into Saturday's Pac-10 opener against USC with big numbers and left without so much as a point. Except perhaps one: The Beavers aren't as good as their statistics.
The Beavers' high-powered and highly rated offense failed to score in a 22-0 loss to No. 18 USC in front of 56,417 at the Coliseum, the first time Oregon State has been shut out in five seasons.
"I obviously don't have a lot of answers," Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson said. "USC flat out kicked our rear ends in a lot of phases. Part of it was USC's defense and part was our offense. I've never had an offense that was so inefficient as we were today. ... It was ugly...Janis Carr, OC Register