Notebook: USC records remarkable firsts

USC becomes first team to defeat Oregon under Chip Kelly at home and with just one week to prepare.

EUGENE, Ore. – Headed into Saturday night, there were two givens when it came to Oregon under head coach Chip Kelly.

He did not lose at Autzen Stadium.

He did not lose unless the opposition had two or more weeks to practice and scheme for the Ducks' blur offense.

USC delivered the first blemish on both of those remarkable marks, becoming the first team to beat Oregon with just one week of preparation and first to upend Kelly at home.

Oregon had been 18-0 at Autzen in three seasons under Kelly. Of his five losses, two came in bowl games (Ohio State, Auburn), two in season openers (Boise State, LSU) and the other against a Stanford team that had an open week coming into the game.

Those remarkable facts were not lost on USC players when discussing the significance of their 38-35 upset win.

"It's a huge win for us," linebacker Chris Galippo said. "Just to come into this stadium like we did, play a great team like that, kind of makes the Notre Dame win and the Cal win feel like it wasn't really a big deal."

Star-studded Sideline
Several prominent NBA players attended the game, including Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New Orleans guard Chris Paul.

Nice Touch
Before the game, Oregon held a moment of silence to remember Oklahoma State women's basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash Thursday night.

Nice Touch, Part Two
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly came back to the USC locker room after his post-game press conference to congratulate wide receiver Marqise Lee, special teams coordinator John Baxter and assistant head coach Monte Kiffin.

Bragging Rights
With his brother, former Oregon offensive tackle Fenuki, in attendance and recognized before the game, defensive tackle Christian Tupou recorded his first win over the Ducks.

And he was very clear he would be holding it over his brother for a while.

"There's nothing greater than punching your brother in the face and getting away with it," he said.

However, Tupou exited the game after the first quarter after his sore knee began swelling up and forced him out.

"I went until I couldn't," he said, finishing with one tackle. "DaJohn Harris, George (Uko), J.R. (Tavai), those guys at 100 percent are way better than my 60. I had to turn over the game to them."

MASH Unit
Linebacker Dion Bailey injured his right ankle and left in a walking boot.

Fullbacks Rhett Ellison and Ross Cumming suffered unknown injuries. USC head coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans would have been forced to play without a fullback had the game gone to overtime.

Woods Watch
Wide receiver Robert Woods caught seven passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon.

In 11 games this season, the sophomore now has 99 receptions for 1,179 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Woods needs only four receptions against UCLA in the season finale to break Keyshawn Johnson's school and conference record of 102 catches in a single season.


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