NOTES: "We executed to perfection"

OREGON STATE HAS knocked off USC in three of the last four meetings in Reser Stadium and coach Mike Riley and one other Pac-10 coach are the only two active coaches to have two wins against a Pete Carroll led USC teams. Plenty of more news and notes in's comprehensive post game notebook.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • USC was favored by 25 points.
  • OSU and USC each earned $630,000 for the game from ESPN.
  • This was the first game covered by ESPN in Reser Stadium and the first time the SkyCam was used in the state of Oregon.
  • The announced attendance was 42,839 including a record 8,500 students.
  • Temperature:  66 degrees, Wind: NW 8 mph, Weather: partly cloudy


Series notes:

  • USC still leads the series 58-10-4, but Oregon State was won that last 3 of 4 in Corvallis knocking off USC teams ranked No. 1, 3 and 7.
  • The Men of Troy have won only once in Corvallis since 1997, the 2004 "fog bowl."


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 342 yards of total offense, 176 on the ground, 3.9 ypc, and 167 through the air, 9.3 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 34:50, almost 10 minutes more than USC.
  • The offense picked up 22 first downs, 12 via the run, eight by pass and two by penalty while converting 7 of 16 (44%) third down opportunities and all four opportunities in the redzone.
  • The offense converted 5 of 7 third downs in the first half, but just 2 of 9 in the second half including 0 of 5 in the fourth quarter.
  • Before the Hawaii and USC games the Beavers had converted just 10 of 29 (34%) third down opportunities.  In their last two games they have converted 15 of 33 (46%) third down chances.
  • Oregon State outscored USC in the first half 21 to 0 and held advantages in in first downs (16-3), total offense (220-75), offensive plays (39-20) and time of possession (19:46 to 10:14)******
  • Going into the contest with OSU, the USC defense was giving up just 51.5 yards on the ground per game.
  • The average starting field position for the offense in the first half was their own 34, their own 36 in the second half and their own 35 yard line for the game.  In the second quarter and fourth quarters their average starting field position was their own 40 and 49, respectively.
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers led all ball carriers with a career high 37 attempts for a career high 186 yards, 5.0 ypc, and two touchdowns with a long of 15 yards.  He also added two catches for 27 yards.

    Rodgers got most of his yards in the middle of the field behind the center and guards on zone blocking plays as he used his lateral quickness to weave through the commotion.

    "I wasn't expecting 30-some carries, but I knew we were going to run straight at them." Rodgers said.  "I'm a small dude and I hide behind the linemen - they couldn't find me."

    Quizz now has had three consecutive games of scoring two touchdowns on the ground. 

    He had over 100 yards with 4:40 to go in the second quarter as he racked up 117 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the first two quarters. 

    His rushing total is good for No. 16 for a single game in school history and ranks second for a freshman behind Ken Simonton's 207 yards versus Stanford in 1998. 

    His 186 yards is the most by a Trojans' opponent since Texas' Vince Young ran for 200 in the 2006 national championship game.

    Rodgers is just the 10th player, and 19th in the history against USC, to rush for more than 100 yards versus the Trojans in the last 77 games.  He was helped off the field after his fourth quarter touchdown and has a slight ankle sprain, but is only to expected to miss minimal practice time.
  • WR James Rodgers led the team with six catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns.

    His first touchdown came in the first quarter when he took a swing pass eight yards for the first score of the game. 

    Rodgers's second touchdown came in the second quarter when he caught a deflected pass by cornerback Kevin Thomas in the corner of the endzone for a three touchdown lead.

    Rodgers did a great job of blocking for his younger brother as his responsibility on the zone running play that was working was to seal off a linebacker on the backside.
  • WR Sammie Stroughter caught three passes for a team high 42 yards, but played sparingly in the second half as he suffered a hip flexor after a 11-yard reception in the second quarter that setup the Beavers second score of the game.

    All of his receptions resulted in first downs.

    During his time on the field in the second half he limped the entire time.  He will take it easy in practice this week, but will not miss the game at Utah.
  • WR Shane Morales added three catches for 35 yards, including a team high 22-yard catch.
  • WR Darrell Catchings had his first catch since the Stanford game snatching one pass for 7 yards.
  • TE Howard Croom grabbed his first reception of the year - a two yard gain.
  • TE Brady Camp had a career high two catches for 18 yards.
  • QB Lyle Moevao completed 18 of 28 attempts for 167 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.  He completed 10 of 15 for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a sharp first half.

    The coaches did a nice job of rolling Moevao out of the pocket.  Moevao did a nice job of finding the open man or throwing the ball away if no one was open.

    He did not throw a pick, but got away with at least one pass in the endzone that should have been picketed and another on a bubble screen.
  • For the first time this year OG Jeremy Perry dressed for a game, but he did not play.
  • The offensive line played its best game of the year as it dominated the USC defensive line, especially in the first half.  They only gave up one sack and limited the hits to Moevao.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 313 total yards (140 yards below USC's season average), 86 via the run, 3.9 ypc, and a season high 227 through the air, 12.6 ypc, while USC held onto the ball for 25:10.
  • The defense yielded 16 first downs, five by the run and 11 by pass while USC converted just 2 of 10 third downs and 1 of 1 fourth downs while scoring on their one trip inside the redzone.
  • The defense limited the Trojans to just three first downs and 75 total yards in the first 30 minutes.
  • USC did not convert a third down in the second half going 0 for 4.  Their average starting field position in the first quarter was their own 14-yard line and their own 23-yard line for the game.
  • The defense gave up just two plays that covered 25 yards or more, a 29-yard reception by Damian Williams and a 26-yard catch by Ronald Johnson.  OSU has given up only three passing plays that have covered 25 yards or more this season.
  • USC did not get into Beaver territory until six minutes remained in the first half.
  • Star USC RB Joe McKnight had just 10 rushing yards.  He gained 105 yards against Ohio State.
  • For the third consecutive game S Greg Laybourn led the team in tackles with 11 stops.  He also added his second interception of the year that he returned 28 yards to the USC two yard line.

    He grabbed the pick with 2:43 left in the game and setup Oregon State's fourth and final touchdown.  QB Mark Sanchez overthrew his receiver due to pressure from the Beaver defensive line and Laybourn was in the right place at the right time.

    "He overthrew it a little. I had pretty solid coverage over the top, but a good throw might have been a completion," Laybourn said.  "I started breaking on the route, looked up, and there was the ball. Right place, right time."
  • LB Keaton Kristick turned in the best performance of his career grabbing 10 tackles, including a team high 2 tackles for loss and OSU's only sack of the game.

    "This is a turnaround for us," Kristick said.  "We're really excited about the rest of the year.We struggled in our first two games, but we knew we had this kind of performance in us."
  • DE Victor Butler added five tackles, including one fumble recovery.

    "We went against a great opponent with great coaches and great athletes," Butler said.  "We executed to perfection."
  • DE Slade Norris finished with four tackles and one forced fumble when he stripped RB Joe McKnight in the first half.  His teammate Victor Butler recovered the pigskin in USC territory.
  • S Al Afalava had a team high two pass breakups and finished with four tackles.  Afalava had some devastating hits that resulted in incomplete passes.

    "For some reason, we just knew," Afalava said.  "We just felt that we could do it again.  Everyone had that feeling."

    In the second quarter he leveled WR Vidal Hazelton knocking the ball loose, LB Isaiah Cook recovered the football for a touchdown, but the officials incorrectly ruled it was an incomplete pass.
  • CB Brandon Hughes sprained his hamstring in the first half and did not return for the second half.  He is expected to play against Utah, but will miss some practice time this week.


Special teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker hit some ugly kicks, but the ball bounced the Beavers way each time as he booted six punts for a 38.3 average with three pinning the Trojans inside their own 6 yard line three times.   He had a career long 49-yard punt in the fourth quarter that put USC at their own two yard line.
  • K Matt Barker, a walk on freshman, handled kickoff duties for the first time this season averaging 57.8 yards per kickoff.
  • K Sean Sehnem took over field goal and PAT duties due to Justin Kahut's hip injury.  He connected on four of five extra points as he missed his last attempt to the right clanging it off of the upright. 

    The last time an Oregon State kicker missed a PAT was in 2004 when Alexis Serna missed three at LSU.

    His 41-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter was blocked making it the first time since the 2007 Civil War that a field goal attempt by an OSU kicker was blocked.

    It was not his fault though as a USC defensive lineman bowled his way over the Beaver line.
  • PR Taylor Kavanaugh aggressively recovered the onside kick with 1:19 left to seal the victory.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was on the sidelines for the game.
  • Coach Mike Riley was doused with Gatorade with 2:39 left on the clock before USC scored their third and final touchdown. He was furious to say the least.  Students started jumping the wall and crowding the sideline around the same time.
  • Riley and Oregon coach Mike Bellotti are now the only active coaches who have two victories over a Carroll-coached USC team.
  • The team wore orange tops for the first time this year.  They received the jerseys this week after the name plates were put on.
  • Lyle Moevao brought his entire starting offensive line to the post game interview room.
  • OSU is 2-6 all-time versus No. 1 ranked opponents - all but one of the opponents have been USC - the exception is Washington in 1982.
  • This was Oregon State's first win over a No. 1 team since the Beavers' upset in 1967. Oregon State coach Mike Riley's father, Bud, was an assistant coach for the Beavers for that victory.
  • This is the first time a ranked opponent has lost a game on a Thursday.
  • Oregon State has won five of its last seven games against AP Top 25 teams dating back to the 2006 season.
  • The game took 3 hours and 25 minutes to play.
  • Oregon State's victory over a ranked opponent is its first since they knocked off No. 18 Oregon in Autzen Stadium a year ago.
  • The Beavers won the turnover battle 2-0 as the Trojans fumbled once and threw one interception.
  • The last time the Trojans trailed by at least 21 points was the third quarter at OSU in 2006 (33-10).
  • USC had not been shout out in the first half since the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.
  • ESPN's David Amber had this to say, "Superman has kryptonite, USC has Oregon State."
  • Only nine teams, including Oregon State, have knocked off a No. 1 team while unranked.  Here's the short list:

    Oct. 29, 1988 Washington St. 34, at #1 UCLA 30-Dennis Erickson
    Oct. 6, 1990 Stanford 36, at #1 Notre Dame 31-Denny Green
    Oct. 13, 1990 Michigan St. 28, at #1 Michigan 27-George J. Perles
    Nov. 17, 1990 Penn State 24, at #1 Notre Dame 21-Joe Paterno
    Nov. 7, 1998 Michigan State 28, at #1 Ohio State 24-Nick Saban
    Oct. 13, 2001 Auburn 23, #1 Florida 20-Tommy Tuberville
    Nov. 9, 2002 Texas A&M 30, #1 Oklahoma 26-R.C. Slocum
    Nov. 10, 2007 Illinois 28, at #1 Ohio State 21-Ron Zook
    Sept. 25, 2008 Oregon State 27, #1 USC 21-Mike Riley

Oregonian Video: OSU 27, USC 21

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