The 7-3, 5-2 Oregon Ducks need a win over the USC Trojans (with an identical record) this Saturday if there is any hope of returning to the Pac-12 Championship game. Both the Ducks and Trojans are on a four-game win streak. The two teams last met at Autzen in 2011 when the Trojans upset the Ducks, 38-35. Oregon returned the favor the following year at the LA Coliseum, in a 62-51 shootout. USC comfortably holds the all-time series record, 38-19-2 but since 1994, Oregon has a 9-6 advantage.
Oregon Game Notes:
Royce Freeman has scored at least one touchdown in 18 of his 25 career games; he also leads the nation in rushes of 10 yards or more with 47. Freeman is currently the No. 5 nationally in rushing with 1,392 yards. He is the fourth Duck to ever rush for 1,000 yards plus in back-to-back seasons.
Vernon Adams, Jr. has thrown a touchdown in 33 straight games including eight games in which he threw five or more TDs. Adams has 12,111 yards of passing for his career including his three-years at Eastern Washington.
Bralon Addison caught TD pass No. 15 and 16 against California and needs two more TD passes to tie Lew Barnes (1983-85) and Ahmad Rashad (1969-71) for ninth place all-time in Oregon history.
The Ducks have not allowed a kickoff return for touchdown in 126 games stretching back to 2006 against Arizona State.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The game will be carried on ESPN.