Trojans coming to Autzen

Oregon goes back into action Saturday against the USC Trojans. An Oregon win this Saturday would mark the first time ever in the 50-game series that Oregon will have won four games straight over USC. Last year the Ducks beat the Trojans 28-17 in Los Angeles.

Through the years beating USC or even being able to compete with USC was a goal and mark of success for Oregon. Oregon has never scored more than 34 points against USC and the Ducks have only shut out the Trojans once and that was in 1915 when the Ducks won 34-0. The worst defeat Oregon suffered at the hands of Southern Cal was in 1976 with a 53-0 crushing by SC. In the last five years the Ducks have won four out of five, but the largest margin of victory was last year's 11-point win.

USC will be looking to ignite an offense that on paper should be one of the most dangerous in the country. Quarterback Carson Palmer was considered one of the top prospective quarterbacks coming out of high school, but due to injuries Palmer has not yet lived up to the Trojan's expectations. USC also has a threat in running back Sultan McCullough, younger brother of former Duck running back, Saladin McCullough. Kareem Kelly could be a first round NFL draft pick at wide receiver.

McCullough has carried the ball 43 times so far this season and has a total of 207 yards in his first two games. Carson Palmer has thrown for 410 yards in the first two games, but does not have any touch down passes. Kelly is the leading receiver so far this season with 10 receptions for 93 yards, but running back Charlie Landrigan has nine receptions for 103 yards.

USC will be without Marcel Almond who has been suspended from school for one semester because of altercation with a fellow student. Story from the dailynews.com.

The USC defense has rebuild the front seven positions but has a strong secondary. USC Head Coach Pete Carroll looks at the Ducks and quarterback Joey Harrington with great respect.

"I'm preparing as if this is an NFL quarterback because of the things he can do and the kinds of ways that he can read," said Carroll.

USC is 1-1 for the season. The Trojans started the season off beating San Jose State 21-10, then lost to Kansas State 10-6.

Twenty players on the USC roster are transfers from either junior college or other Division I programs. Of the 20 players, 12 are from California. Oregon has 14 players on their roster that transferred from either a junior college or a Division I program.

Eight players on the USC roster who were recruited out of high school are not from California including two from Oregon. The two players from Oregon high schools are Troy Polamalu from Douglas High School, and Chad Cook from Jesuit High School. David Kirtman is from Mercer Island, Washington.

Team mates in high school: Long Beach Poly, (UO) Samie Parker, Marley Tucker, Mike Willis, (USC) Kareem Kelly, DeShaun Hill, Darrell Rideaux, Mike Pollard; Los Alamitos, (UO) Keenan Howry, A.K. Keyes, (USC) Bernard Riley, Mike Patterson; Temescal Canyon, (UO) Jason Fife, (USC) Nathan Goodson; Laguna Hills, (UO) Pat Fields, (USC) Anthony Daye; Creshshaw, (UO) Terrence Whitehead, (USC) Lee Webb; and Jesuit, Portland, Or, (UO) Matt Floberg, (USC) Chad Cook;

Oregon wide receiver Jason Willis is the 14th ranked receiver in Division I. In two games, Willis has had 15 catches for a total of 191 yards. Willis is averaging 95.5 yards per game.

Kick off is scheduled for 7:15 PM PDT at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports

(editor's note) Thanks to Jon Hoffman who pointed out he was in attendance when Oregon shut out USC in 1958 at Portland.


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