MATCHUP NOTEBOOK: Oregon State at No. 4 USC

THE LAST TIME Oregon State won in California a gallon of gas cost 31 cents, Tommy Prothro was the football coach at OSU and Mike Riley was just seven years old.

Oregon State (4-2, 2-1) at No. 4 USC (5-1, 2-1)

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009| Kickoff: 5:00 PM PST
TV
: ABC (regional)| Radio:
OSU Radio Network
L.A. Memorial Coliseum (71,806)

Series: USC leads 58-10-4 | Line: USC by 21

 

THE COACHES:

Head coach: Mike Riley
(9th season)
Career: 60-44 | At OSU: Same | vs. USC: 2-5
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 4-2, 2-2
Streak: Two game winning streak
Head coach: Pete Carroll (9th season)
Career: 93-16 | At USC: Same | vs. OSU: 5-2
Current ranking: No. 4
Current record: 5-1, 2-1
Streak: Three game winning streak

 

LAST TIME OREGON STATE AND USC PLAYED:
Sept. 25, 2008 (in Corvallis) - Oregon State 27, No. 1 USC 21
IT WAS A first half clinic. A beat down. An eardrum-busting anthem of black and orange pride. Oregon State came out and punished the No. 1 team in the land, dominating the battle in the trenches on both lines. But the second half was a nerve-jangling roller coaster, with USC storming back and Beaver Nation was on pins and needles until the very end.

It was a glorious first half, and ended up as the defining game of the '08 college football season to date. After USC came out of the locker room in the second half firing on all cylinders, the Beavs did enough down the stretch to turn the tide and send the Trojans packing on the short end of a 27-21 thriller ... more from BF.com.

 

LAST TIME OREGON STATE AND USC PLAYED IN LOS ANGELES:
Nov. 3, 2007 - USC 24, Oregon State 3
Freshman Everson Griffen and his friends on the Southern California defense made certain Oregon State never had a chance.

In a 24-3 victory on Saturday, Griffen had 3 1/2 of USC's nine sacks, Oregon State was held to 176 yards of total offense, and the Trojans (No. 19 BCS, No. 13 AP) lived up to their preseason hype for the first time since September ... more from BF.com

 

LAST TIME USC PLAYED:
Oct. 17, 2009 (in South Bend) - No. 8 USC 34, No. 25 Notre Dame 27
Just like 2005 when Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush made history on their final drive in South Bend, the Trojans came up big in the final seconds once again, keeping the Fighting Irish out of the end zone and holding on to an exciting 34-27 victory.

“A few symptoms of a heart attack,” is how USC linebacker Chris Galippo described his feelings as Notre Dame was driving for what would have been a game-tying touchdown Saturday night ... more from SCPlaybook.com.

 

LAST TIME OREGON STATE PLAYED:
Oct. 10, 2009 - Oregon State 38, Stanford 28
Stanford came in atop the Pac-10 conference and with pundits talking Heisman campaign for Toby Gerhart. But sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers doubled the offensive output of his senior counterpart in helping deliver the fourth victory of the year for the Beavers. And though Quizz grabbed the limelight, there was another compelling offensive storyline authored by the Beavs.

It was the Quizz show from the get-go and it opened to rave reviews. The sophomore racked up over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter. His four rushing touchdowns tied the record for most in a game by an Oregon State player ... more from the BF.com.

 

SERIES HISTORY (USC leads 58-10-4, 38-3-3 in Los Angeles):  The Trojans and Beavers have met 72 times since 1914 with USC holding a 58-10-4 advantage. USC leads the series 38-3-3 in Los Angeles winning the last 21 meetings in California.

OSU's last victory in the Coliseum was a 14-0 win in 1960.

Despite USC winning 31 of the last 34 meetings, the Beavers have won two of the last three and three of the last eight. The win over USC in 2000 (33-31) snapped Troy's Pac-10 record 26 consecutive victories over the Beavers.

Last year’s 27-21 victory over the then No. 1 Trojans – marked the second time in school history the Beavers have beaten a No. 1 team – also knocking off the Trojans 3-0 in 1967 - both games in Corvallis.

USC has posted 17 shutouts in the series.

 

LAST 10 OSU/USC  MATCHUPS:

 

OSU HAS HAD CHANCES TO BREAK…: the streak at USC. In 2001 OSU placekicker Ryan Cesca missed a 35-yard field goal (wide left) with 6:04 remaining and then missed a 29-yard boot (wide right) with 33 seconds remaining, before USC won in overtime 16-13. Cesca hit a 29-yarder in the first OT, but USC quarterback Carson Palmer answered with a 4-yard run to end the game.

In 1999 the Beavers committed four turnovers, but still had a chance down 37-29 when USC’s Chad Morton fumbled late in the game at OSU’s 41-yard line; the Beavers moved to the Trojan 31 before a fourth-down Terrance Bryant pass went incomplete in the final seconds.

The Beavers also had narrow losses in 1963 (28-22) and 1968 (17-13), but in both games the score was closer than the actual game – the Beavers scored twice in the final 90 seconds of each and failed to recover the following onside kick. The Coliseum has also been the the locale for OSU’s worst loss ever, 63-0 in 1985.

WAY BACK WHEN: The last time Oregon State won against USC at the Coliseum was 1960 – the streak has reached 21 games. To put into perspective here are some interesting facts the last time the Beavers won on that season opening Sept. 16, 1960:

  • President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
  • OSU Head Coach: Tommy Prothro
  • Gallon of Gas: $0.31
  • Avg. home cost: $16,500
  • 1st Class Stamp: $.04
  • Gallon of Milk: $0.49
  • Billboard Top Song: “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley
  • Age of Mike Riley: 7
  • Super Bowl winner: 2,312 days from the first one (6-plus years)
  • Most of the current OSU players’ parents were not born.

USC CONNECTIONS:
No USC players claim Oregon as home, but the Beavers sport 38 players who hail from California. USC TB-FB Ahmed Mokhtar redshirted as a freshman at Oregon State in 2007.

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley was an assistant at USC from 1993 to 1996 while OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker was a USC assistant coach in 1996.

OSU women’s swimming coach Larry Liebowitz was an assistant swim coach at USC for 8 seasons (1996-2003).

 

2009 TEAM STATISTICS:

OFFENSE
DEFENSE

OSU

USC

OSU

USC
132.5
Rushing/game
193.5
97.7
Rushing/game
67.7
3.9
Rushing/att
5.2
3.5
Rushing/att
2.1
210-140-4
Passing
163-99-4
247-146-3
Passing
205-103-3
254.8
Passing/game
248.8
275.3
Passing/game
192.3
387.3
Total/game
442.3
373.0
Total/game
260.0
5.6
Total/att
6.9
5.4
Total/att
3.9
28.8
Scoring/game
29.7
23.0
Scoring/game
11.7
+2
Turnover margin
-2

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