Game Notes: USC - Oregon State

After faring well on the injury front for most of this season, the Trojans' luck finally ran out. Besides the injuries to Marc Tyler and quarterback Matt Barkley, right tackle Tyron Smith suffered a knee injury and middle linebacker Chris Galippo suffered a concussion.

Quizz Show Rerun

He did it again.

All week long, USC defenders talked about the need to stop Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

And yet the diminutive junior still rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 43 yards.

Those totals moved Rodgers past Steven Jackson for third place in career rushing yards at Oregon State and into 11th place among Pac-10 totals.

Two years ago, Rodgers exploded on the national stage by rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns, powering the Beavers to an upset of the top-ranked Trojans.

At the Coliseum last season, Rodgers rushed for 113 yards, ran for one touchdown and caught another.

Gable's Game

It wasn't the way USC senior running back C.J. Gable wanted it to happen.

With starter Marc Tyler sidelined by a sprained ankle, Gable rushed for a team-high 57 yards and a touchdown at Oregon State. He also caught two passes for four yards in the 36-7 loss, his third consecutive at Reser Stadium and fifth in the state of Oregon.

"I feel terrible man," Gable said, shaking his head as students swarmed Rodgers a few feet away. "It just sucked. I tried my hardest."

All Banged Up

After faring well on the injury front for most of this season, the Trojans' luck finally ran out.

Besides the injuries to Tyler and quarterback Matt Barkley, right tackle Tyron Smith suffered a knee injury and middle linebacker Chris Galippo suffered a concussion.

Cornerbacks T.J. Bryant and Torin Harris did not play because of shoulder injuries.

Baxter Ineligible

Freshman running back Dillon Baxter did not travel with the team and has been ruled ineligible for accepting a golf cart ride across campus from an NFLPA-certified financial consultant Thursday.

USC has already applied to have Baxter reinstated and that petition could be granted this week.

"We're hoping they are going to act on it very quickly and he should be reinstated," USC vice president of compliance Dave Roberts said Saturday. "Right now, he's not playing and didn't make the trip."

Baxter, who has been dealing with a severe case of stomach flu, was given a ride by representatives of 1st Round Enterprises, a management group that includes former USC linebacker Jordan Campbell among its ranks.

Roberts said USC has notified the NCAA and Louisville, where Campbell transferred this summer, of his involvement.

The university will also investigate other relationships between Trojan athletes and 1st Round, which cited relationships with USC players on its website.

"We're going to do everything that we think is appropriate to take action not only with the NFLPA but the NCAA and on our own campus as well," Roberts said.

Clean Sweep

USC was swept by Oregon and Oregon State for the first time since 2000.


Chris Galippo suffered a concussion in the loss.


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