WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: They must be giants

SHOCKER SEEMED TO be the word of choice for many of the headlines across cyberspace although my favorite is from a California newspaper - "Reser Stadium has become house of horrors for Trojans". See all the quotes, quips, headlines -- from an Oregon State, 'SC, and national perspective. From Corvallis to Los Angeles, New York to Portland and beyond, Oregon State is the talk of the sports world.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


Giant Killers: Beavers stun No. 1 USC
Giant Killers. Again. Oregon State repeated its 2006 victory at Reser Stadium over USC, and matched the epic upset of a top-ranked USC team 41 years ago with a 27-21 conquest of the No. 1 Trojans on Thursday night at Reser Stadium.

“Everybody doubted us. Everybody doubted our offense. Everybody doubted our defense,” OSU quarterback Lyle Moevao said. “We loved the challenge.” ... more from The Register Guard.


Giant Killers again – Beavers topple Trojans
There were few who believed in Oregon State’s chances to upset mighty Southern Cal Thursday night at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers believed, though ... more from The Portland Tribune.


John Robinson praises Riley's game plan
Sean Sehnem handled place-kicking duties for Oregon State in Thursday’s 27-21 upset of USC because regular kicker Justin Kahut is still slowed by a hip flexor.

Walk-on freshman Matt Barker kicked off for the Beavers ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Rodgers puts a big rush on Trojans
Oregon State's opening drive set the tone in its upset of top-ranked Southern California Thursday.

After forcing USC to go three-and-out on the first possession, the Beavers marched right down the field for a 7-0 lead. Not surprisingly, it was the Rodgers brothers who highlighted the eight-play drive that took just 3:39 and covered 60 yards ... more from The Mail Tribune.


Giant Killers Redux
Giant Killers III.

It wasn't a fairy tale.

It wasn't a figment of Oregon State coach Mike Riley's imagination ... more from The Oregonian | Notes


Beavers' new Quizz show stumps and thumps USC
USC didn't recruit Jacquizz Rodgers. Didn't visit him. Didn't call him. The Trojans didn't even send the little guy a form letter.

"No sir, not a thing," he said on Thursday.

It was Oregon State 27, USC 21 at Reser Stadium. Also it was, "Whoooooo!!!" and "Yeeaaaaaaaah!!!" and "Yaaaaahoooooo!!!!" And man, oh man, given a shot, what would Rodgers and the Beavers have done to Ohio State? ... more from The Oregonian.


Rodgers keeps going and going and...
Jacquizz Rodgers knew he was going to get some work Thursday evening against top-ranked University of Southern California.

After all, that was the game plan ... more from The Gazette Times | Report card


Beavers shock No. 1 USC again
You can call it the Pathetic-10, but it’s not Southern California and everyone else.

It’s the Oregon State football team and everyone else.

The Beavers did the unthinkable, and became the talk of the sports nation Thursday night. They stunned top-ranked Southern California 27-21 in a Pacific-10 Conference game before a crowd of 42,839 in Reser Stadium ... more from The Gazette Times | Sideline briefing


Oregon State upsets No. 1 USC 27-21
Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night.

The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) also upset USC at Reser Stadium in 2006. This time, Oregon State took a 21-0 lead in the first half, then capitalized on a late turnover ... more from The Statesman Journal.


'Quizz show trumps USC
On the day before the 2006 USC game, Oregon State split end Sammie Stroughter gave teammates small stones representing the David and Goliath story.

There was no biblical symbolism Thursday at Reser Stadium, but once again, the Beavers stunned USC on their home field ... more from The Statesman Journal.


USC's rated-R reaction
USC tailback Stafon Johnson yelled it at the top of his lungs as he made his way past the delirious, celebrating throng of Oregon State fans at Reser Stadium.

Later, in the basement of Gill Coliseum, the word was heard again, blasting out of the Trojans' locker room ... more from The Oregonian.


| From an USC Perspective |


Ore-Gone: No. 1 USC falls
If nothing else Thursday night, Oregon State coach Mike Riley probably guaranteed getting a quick phone call if Pete Carroll ever decides to leave USC.

Riley confounded the top-ranked Trojans for the second straight trip up here despite being a 25-point underdog and gave the rest of the college football world proof that the BCS title picture is a wide-open affair ... more from the L.A. Daily News.


Loss proves Pac-10 Conference is no pushover
USC players were speechless after losing to 25-point underdog Oregon State for the second time in three years Thursday at Reser Stadium.

"It's real bitter," Trojans defensive end Kyle Moore said. "We lost by not focusing." ... more from the L.A. Daily News.

Reser Stadium has become house of horrors for Trojans
Two years ago USC could blame a failed two-point conversion pass attempt for its confounding and confusing loss here to Oregon State.

On Thursday, there was no single moment it could point to as the reeling Trojans tried to sort through the whys and wherefores of their stunning 27-21 loss to the Beavers at Reser Stadium, now affirmed as their personal house of horrors ... more from the L.A. Times.


No. 1 USC shocked by Oregon State, 27-21
So much for the greatest team ever.

Likewise for the best team of the Pete Carroll era ... more from the L.A. Times.


Trojans are beaten, and beaten up
USC might have lost more than a game Thursday when Oregon State upset the top-ranked Trojans, 27-21, at Reser Stadium.

Senior linebacker Rey Maualuga suffered a knee sprain in the fourth quarter and will be examined further today ... more from the L.A. Times.


Jacquizz Whizzes Through Trojans' Grasp
It was the story of the game, how USC could not slow 193-pound freshman Jacquizz Rodgers on a play the Trojans knew was coming.

"We knew exactly what was coming," senior linebacker Brian Cushing said of the inside zone, NFL-style running game Oregon State coach Mike Riley always has favored. "It just didn't seem like we did a good job tackling." ... more from The Press Enterprise.


Oregon State stuns top-ranked USC
Was it déjà vu all over again?

For a half, it was worse. Far worse ... more from the Press Enterprise.


SHOCKER: No. 1 USC loses to Oregon State
USC arrived at Reser Stadium on Thursday night perhaps looking for a lopsided victory to protect its comfortable loft atop the polls.

By the second quarter the top-ranked Trojans, trailing by 21 points, were simply looking for a victory ... more from the OC Register.


No. 1 Trojans lost to the better team
Could we possibly have been that wrong?

Did USC simply fool us?

Are Virginia and Ohio State that bad? ... more from the OC Register.


USC unless it improves drastically
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, even in Corvallis:

Action: Oregon State upsets top-ranked USC, 27-21, Thursday night.

Reaction: Two years ago, some in Louisiana thought McKnight would bring the BCS championship to LSU. On Thursday night at Oregon State, he did his best ... more from the OC Register.


Collapse in Corvallis
It had seemingly all of the familiar symptoms of a USC loss.

The night featured a furious Trojan rally cut short - like two years ago when USC couldn't finish its comeback in Corvallis. A Mark Sanchez pass on a late drive was intercepted, nearly sealing the team's fate as it did last year against Oregon. And USC had to climb out of a deep hole it had dug itself into throughout the first half, a trademark of Trojan losses over the last two seasons ... more from The Daily Trojan.



| From a National Perspective |

Beavers ride Rodgers' 186 yards to stunner over No. 1 Trojans
It had been 41 years since Oregon State knocked off a No. 1 team.

Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers helped the Beavers pull off another stunner -- and Southern California was the victim again ... more from the Associated Press.


No. 1 USC flops at Oregon State
Last year, USC went down as a 41-point favorite at home to Stanford.

On Thursday, USC went down as a 25-point favorite at Oregon State.

What does it mean? ... more from ESPN.com.


USC no longer Pac-10 bully
As he took off his wristbands and threw them on the turf, USC linebacker Rey Maualuga looked up at the scoreboard for nearly a minute in disbelief.

Oregon State 27, USC 21 ... more from USAToday.com


USC blows title hopes against another inferior opponent
Conference games are tougher.

Orange hurts their eyes.

No one said anything about tackling a munchkin ... more from CBSSports.com


Top-Ranked U.S.C. Loses Its Pac-10 Opener
Less than two weeks ago, Southern California established itself as the country’s top team when it routed No. 5 Ohio State. Rekindling the magic of the glory years of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush was short-lived and its national championship hopes are in jeopardy.

Oregon State stunned the visiting Trojans, 27-21, Thursday night for the first jaw-dropping upset of the season. The Beavers (2-2) turned the national title race on its ear and the reverberations can be heard in Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri ... more from the New York Times.


An absolute shocker -- No. 1 USC falls
Well, so much for USC being the best team in the country.

The top-ranked Trojans lost at unranked Oregon State tonight, 27-21. The Beavers came into the game at just 1-2 ... more from AM New York.

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