WTS: Beavers run out of time

A WIN IS a win, but the California media are wondering what happened to the USC defense that was torched for almost 500 yards. Up in Oregon many reporters are impressed with OSU's performance, but wonder what would have happened if the Beavers didn't shoot themselves in the tail. Here is what the Oregon and California media are saying about USC's 42-36 win over Oregon State Oct. 24.

Updated 11/25 11:37 AM.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

A loss full of lament for Beavs
SEAN CANFIELD PLAYED brilliantly. And the increased use of Beaver tight ends in the passing game was, against the speedy Trojans, well conceived indeed. But missed tackles and a lack of timely pressure proved critical. Penalties, missed opportunities and lapses in the secondary, they all added to the lament of a 42-36 loss to the Trojans in Los Angeles.

There would be no early Beaver dominance this time, unlike the two most recent OSU wins against Troy. There would, however, be a spirited Beaver comeback. But it would fall just short ... more from BeaverFootball.com.


Trojans hang on to beat OSU, set up Oregon showdown
Oregon State had a near-miss Saturday night, extending Southern Cal to the limit before falling 42-36 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Beavers don't accept moral victories anymore, though – even against the fourth-ranked Trojans ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Missed opportunities send Beavers home empty-handed
It was there, and then it wasn’t.

Oregon State could never get a grasp on what it had to do Saturday night if the Beavers were going to upset fourth-ranked USC, and the Trojans slipped away with a 42-36 victory to the relief of the 89,718 in the Coliseum ... more from The Register Guard.


Missed red-zone chances haunt OSU
Oregon State gradually figured out how to proceed from the red zone to the end zone Saturday. The Beavers just never deciphered a way to stop USC.

The Beavers scored the most points against No. 7 USC since the Trojans lost to Texas in the classic 2006 Rose Bowl, but it wasn't enough to wipe out an early deficit and Oregon State extended its losing streak at the Coliseum to 22 games with the 42-36 loss ... more from The Mail Tribune.


Trojans slow Jacquizz Rodgers in first half to win rematch
The rematch between Jacquizz Rodgers and Southern California turned out differently than the initial meeting.

The Oregon State football team's star sophomore running back had his breakout game against the Trojans last season and led the Beavers to an upset victory ... more from The Gazette Times | Report Card | Sideline Report


Beavers put up a fight, but beat themselves in the end
Jacquizz Rodgers sprained his right ankle. James Rodgers bruised his left knee. But it was Oregon State's defense that took the most punishment in a 42-36 loss to No. 4 USC during a back-and-forth slugfest Saturday in front of 89,718 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Despite losing Jacquizz Rodgers for the entire second quarter, the Beavers (4-3, 2-2 Pacific-10 Conference) showed their comeback mettle over and over when the Trojans threatened to turn the game into a blowout ... more from The Oregonian.


Trojans lock on, break down Beavers' secondary
Known mostly for its stable of running backs, it was USC's wide receivers who did a large portion of the damage in Saturday's 42-36 victory over Oregon State.

Four USC receivers accounted for all of the 202 receiving yards and scored the Trojans' first two touchdowns. Ronald Johnson led the Trojans with six catches for 99 yards ... more from The Oregonian.


Oregon State's demise shows Oregon the path to beating USC
You cannot take a key special teams play off. You can't fumble in your own territory. You can't commit a senseless roughing the passer penalty.

If you do USC will beat you 42-36 ... more from The Oregonian.


| From a National Perspective |

Beavers show they belong on big stage vs USC
A 12-point halftime lead in the Coliseum? For eight of USC's nine Pac-10 opponents, it's time to get ready for the trip back home.

For Oregon State, it's the invitation to a street fight ... more from College Football News.


Trojans avert upset bid by Beavers
Most of Oregon State's punt-coverage team was to his left, so Damian Williams went right. When he dodged the final tackler and slipped into the end zone early in the fourth quarter, he thought Southern California finally had shaken the Beavers as well.

"And then they went down and scored again like it was nothing," Williams recalled. "I said, 'I guess it's still going to be a fight here." ... more from the Associated Press.



| From a USC Perspective |

Bradford keys 42-36 win
Once characterized as predictable and conservative, the USC offense continued to show promise and progress Saturday night, racing up and down the Coliseum turf en route to a thrilling 42-36 win over the Oregon State Beavers.

Once characterized as predictable and conservative, the USC offense continued to show promise and progress Saturday night, racing up and down the Coliseum turf en route to a thrilling 42-36 win over the Oregon State Beavers ... more from SCPlaybook.


Trojans survive a home invasion against Oregon State
USC already had proved that it could win close games, on the road at no less than Ohio State and Notre Dame.

The Trojans' midseason resume also included a rout at California ... more from the LA Times.


Finally functional, USC's Ronald Johnson is back in form
USC receiver Ronald Johnson appears to be back.

Johnson, a junior who suffered a broken collarbone during training camp, made a diving catch for a touchdown in the Trojans' 42-36 Pacific 10 Conference victory over Oregon State on Saturday night at the Coliseum ... more from the LA Times.


Trojans' Bradford finally looks like a star
The words painted on Allen Bradford's eye black read: "I Promise."

After four mostly frustrating years, the USC tailback was able to showcase the skills that may finally allow him to make good on those words ... more from The Press-Enterprise.


USC leaves nemesis behind
The Trojans were never behind, but they were most assuredly watching their behinds.

The Trojans never trailed, but their trail toward victory certainly wasn't the smoothest ... more from The Press-Enterprise.

USC survives Oregon State
Words such as "frustrating" and "disappointing" haven't been thrown around in regard to USC's defense in quite some time — at least by the Trojans.

But after a second consecutive squeaker featuring a whole bunch of points by the other guys, USC couldn't help but feel frustrated and disappointed, if not concerned ... more from The OC Register.


Patience pays off for USC's Bradford
For months, for years, the voices kept Allen Bradford running in the right direction.

The teammates who told him they believed in him ... more from the OC Register.

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