MATCHUP NOTEBOOK: USC at Oregon State

HISTORY SHOWS A series dominated by USC who has lost just nine games in 71 contests versus Oregon State. But the Beavers have won two of the last three in Reser Stadium and nearly knocked off the Men of Troy in 2004 as well.

Last time Oregon State and USC met...
Oct. 28, 2006 -
#13 USC 24, Oregon State 3
For the first time since September, Southern California lived up to its preseason hype Saturday night.

QB John David Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks, the USC defense was overpowering with nine sacks, and the 13th-ranked Trojans defeated Oregon State 24-3.

The victory was USC's 21st straight over the Beavers at the Los Angeles Coliseum, dating back to 1960, and raised the Trojans' record to 21-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll ... more from BF.com.

 

Last time USC played in Corvallis...
Oct. 28, 2006 - Oregon State 33, #3 USC 31
Oregon State and undefeated (6-0) USC met at Corvallis and the Beavers held off a late Trojan rally to upset No. 3-ranked USC 33-31, snapping the Trojans' 27-game Pac-10 winning streak.

OSU PK Alexis Serna's fourth field goal of the game had given the Beavers a 33-10 lead late in the third quarter, but SC came storming back. Trojan QB John David Booty threw three late touchdown passes to draw USC to 33-31, but Beaver DE Jeff Van Orsow batted down Booty's two point conversion attempt with seven seconds left to preserve the win.

The 33 points by the Beavers were their most against the Trojans since getting 38 in the initial game of the series in 1914. USC out gained OSU 492-351 as Booty passed for 406 yards and the three TDs, but the Trojans were done in by four turnovers, their most since 2003.

RB Clinton Polk, filling in for injured All-Pac-10 RB Yvenson Bernard, rushed for an even 100 yards for the Beavs. ... more from BF.com.

 

Last time USC played...
Sept. 13, 2008 in Los Angeles - USC 35, Ohio State 3
In a game that had the feel of a Rose Bowl, the Trojans led by their dominating defense and big play offense made another Big Ten heavyweight look quite ordinary on Saturday night in front of 93,607 delighted fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

It was great to play again at the Coliseum with all the build up this week," said Pete Carroll following the Trojan 35-3 victory. "To have it happen like this it just worked out beautifully."  ... more from SCPlaybook.com.

 

Last time Oregon State played...
Sept. 13, 2008 in Corvallis - Oregon State 45, Hawaii 7
AFTER AN UNEVEN start, Oregon State methodically wore down Hawaii on Saturday in Corvallis, racking up 200-plus rushing yards in a 45-7 victory. RB Jacquizz Rodgers went over the century mark and the Lyle Moevao-to-Shane Morales connection was clicking. And the OSU defense, in stretches, played the 11 hats flying to the football type of D the Beaver Nation has been looking for this season.

Now this, this was Mike Riley football ... more from BF.com.

 

Series history (USC leads 58-9-4, 12-3 in Corvallis, 6-2-1 in Portland).
USC and Oregon State have met 71 times dating back to 1914 when the teams first played in Tacoma, Wash., in front of 35,000 at Tacoma High School — the game was played on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate a Belgian relief fund fueled by World War I

The Trojans hold a dominating 58-9-4 series advantage with USC has winng 31 of the last 33 meetings, But, OSU's two wins in that stretch have come in the last seven years. The 2006 victory ended USC's 27-game Pac-10 win streak.

USC holds a commanding 12-3 lead in Corvallis and a 18-5-1 advantage in games played in Oregon.  Oregon State has won 2 of the last 3 in the friendly confines of Reser Stadium and just missed knocking off USC in 2004 during the "Fog Bowl."

The Beavers have had no luck in Los Angeles where USC has won 21 in a row against OSU. The last Beaver victory in L.A. came in 1960.

USC has posted 17 shutouts in the series.

 

The last 15 OSU/USC  matchups.

 

USC connections.
USC has no players from the state of Oregon on their roster, while the Beavers sport 39 players who hail from California. 

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley served as the offensive coordinator under John Robinson at USC from 1993 to 1996.  OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker was a USC assistant coach in 1996.  USC S Kevin Ellison's brother, Keith, was a linebacker at Oregon State in 2004 and 2005.

OSU women's swimming coach Larry Liebowitz was an assistant swim coach at USC for eight seasons (1996-2003).

 

2008 statistical leaders.

OSU
Rushing
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 62 att, 266 yds, 4 TD
Ryan McCants ... 22 att, 85 yds, 0 TD
Passing
Lyle Moevao ... 79 of 129, 922, 6 TD, 4 INT
Justin Engstrom ... 0 of 2, 0, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving
Shane Morales ... 22 rec, 284 yds, 2 TD
Sammie Stroughter ... 21 rec, 255 yds, 3 TD
James Rodgers ... 13 rec, 159 yds, 1 TD
Scoring
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 4 TD, 24 pts
Sammie Stroughter ... 3 TD, 18 pts
Tackles
Greg Laybourn ... 14 (s), 11 (a), 25 tot, .5 TFL
Keaton Kristick ... 9 (s) , 6 (a), 15 tot, 3 TFL
Bryant Cornell ... 7 (s), 6 (a), 13 tot,
Interceptions
Greg Laybourn, Bryant Cornell and Keenan Lewis with one each.
Sacks
Isiah Cook ... 1 for 7 yds
Punting
Johnny Hekker ... 9 for 31.3 avg, long of 46
Kicking - Field goals
Justin Kahut ... 2-5, long of 27
Sean Sehnem ... 1-1, long of 32
 
USC
Rushing
Joe McKnight .. 18 att, 166 yds, 0 TD
C.J. Gable .. 13 att, 96 yds, 1 TD
Allen Bradford ... 14 att, 57 yds, 1 TD
Stafon Johnson ... 13 att, 54 yds, 1 TD
Passing
Mark Sanchez .. 43 of 63, 510 yds, 7 TD, 2 INT
Aaron Corp .. 2 of 4, 14 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving
Damian Williams .. 10 rec, 140 yds, 2 TD
Patrick Turner ... 6 rec, 105 yds, 1 TD
Stanley Havili ... 6 rec, 63 yds, 1 TD
Scoring
David Buehler ... 1 FG, 12 EXP, 15 pts
Damian Williams ... 2 TD, 12 pts
Tackles
Taylor Mays.. 10 (s), 3 (a), 13 tot, 1.5 TFL
Brian Cushing .. 6 (s), 6 (a), 12 tot, 1.5 TFL
Kevin Ellison .. 5 (s), 7 (a), 12 tot
Interceptions
Kevin Thomas, Kevin Ellison and Rey Maualuga with one each.
Sacks
Clay Matthews ... 2 for 20 yds
Punting
Greg Woidneck ... 7 for 35.4 avg, long of 43
Kicking - Field goals
David Buehler ... 1-1, long of 20

 

OFFENSE
DEFENSE

OSU

USC

OSU

USC
131.7
Rushing/game
186.0
168.7
Rushing/game
51.5
3.6
Rushing/att
5.2
4.8
Rushing/att
1.9
131-79-4
Passing
68-46-2
79-40-3
Passing
65-39-3
307.3
Passing/game
267.0
153.3
Passing/game
145.5
439.0
Total/game
453.0
322.0
Total/game
197.0
5.5
Total/att
6.5
5.2
Total/att
3.3
29.0
Scoring/game
43.5
29.3
Scoring/game
5.0
-1
Turnover margin
+4

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