Oregon came up with a season defining 24-17 victory over USC on Saturday at a rocking Autzen Stadium. eDuck's Chris Wilson was on the sidelines to take this first installment of photos of the victory.
Oregon fans were in the Halloween spirit and going bananas before the game even started. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
Dennis Dixon withstood USC's attempt to hit him hard and early. Here he withstands a hit from USC's Cary Harris. Dixon had 76 yards rushing on 17 carries and one TD doing nothing to dampen his Heisman hopes. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
The story of the game was Oregon's defense. Jerome Boyd (13) had this first half sack of USC QB Mark Sanchez (6) who was picked twice by the Ducks.
Walter Thurmond III had 12 tackles, including this upending of USC WR Vidal Hazelton (7). (Photo by Chris Wilson)
Jairus Byrd got into the act with 9 tackles including this diving stop of the aforementioned Hazelton (7). The Oregon defense held USC to 277 yards in the air and didn't give up a pass over 28 yards. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
He's not known for his hands, but Jonathan Stewart (28) made this fabulous catch in front of USC safety Tylor Mays late in the second half for a 15 yard gain. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
The Oregon defense celebrates Will Tukuafu's second half fumble recovery, which led to…. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
…this bruising 16 yard TD run by Stewart, who finished the day with 103 yards rushing on 25 carries. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
In the 2006 Spring Game I remember saying to myself "this kid Harper is going to be a difference maker." Today he was THE difference maker, making two huge interceptions. Here he runs back his first, made at the Oregon 15. (Photo by Chris Wilson)
Haper (20) was fired up after his game clinching interception that sent the Ducks on their way to a big show down with Dennis Erickson and Arizona State. (Photo by Chris Wilson)