It was a meaningful game on Saturday in
Proud day for Palmer
Autzen Stadium had been a personal house of horrors for Carson Palmer but on Saturday he turned it into his playground with a cold and calculated attack on the heart of the
Fargas Flying High
Justin Fargas got the opportunity he had been waiting for and his hard running provided a spark to the offense. Fargas hits the hole so hard and he wasn't going to be denied on a nice TD run in the third quarter. Congratulations to Justin on a terrific day.
His numbers on the day were staggering but what is most impressive is how Mike Williams is making it all look so easy. Thank you Ron Zook for thinking this guy is a tight end.
Darrell Rideaux had a special moment with his first career interception and he also added two sacks, including a key 14 yard loss at the end of the first half. Darrell has thrived under the teaching of Carroll and is playing very good football.
Key to the game – 3rd quarter explosion
The Oregon Ducks actually went into halftime with a 19-14 lead and a thought that they had a chance to win this football game. Unfortunately for them the reality was that the Trojan offense had been the only thing stopping the Trojan offense in the first half with two trips inside the five yard line that resulted in no points. Carson Palmer and company got right to work at the start of the 3rd with a big play to Kareem Kelly for a score. The Trojan defense started controlling the line of scrimmage and held the Ducks to one first down in the quarter.
Notes from the sidelines
Justin Fargas said he plans to appeal the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility at the conclusion of this season…..The play of the offensive line was a major factor in this win. Jacob Rogers showed great heart to play with pain in a big game while Lenny Vandermade was all over the field blocking in open space…..The wide receivers also got into the act with some solid blocking with Grant Mattos and Kareem Kelly setting the tone early…..Doyal Butler got his first extended action of the season and had a big impact with a sack…..The interception by Melvin Simmons was one of the strangest plays you will see…..Ryan Kileen made a huge 48 yard FG in the fourth quarter…..Malaefou MacKenzie proved to be invaluable with a pair of touchdown catches…..Kareem and Keary Colbert combined with Mike Williams to form the most impressive trio of receivers on the field… The USC receivers struck a pose after the game that was similar to the billboard showcasing the Oregon receivers on a billboard in downtown LA....Matt Grootegoed is amazing…..The Trojan coaches will take advantage of the bye week to hit the recruiting trail at high school and junior college games throughout the state…..
There was a familiar swagger to the way the Trojans played football and it is a style of play that we are starting to see with regularity. The attitude has changed on this team. What we saw on Saturday didn't just happen overnight and it certainly wasn't an accident. Our football team has been prepared to play the right way and because of that there are a lot of Trojans walking around right now with smiles on their faces. Pete Carroll has shown that he will take a chance and constantly tinker with things in an effort to make it better and he will also reserve the right to move on to something else if it isn't working. There are so many decisions that are made through the course of a season but one example of taking a risk was the decision to start Justin Fargas over Sultan McCullough. Carroll told both players earlier in the week that he had a "gut feeling" that it was Fargas' time after Sultan had just put in a career effort against Cal two short weeks ago. The move paid off on the field in a big way as Justin was a perfect boost of energy that helped propel the Trojan offense to dizzying heights. Instead of pouting about the switch Sultan was the first one waiting at the sideline after Fargas scored his touchdown run, an act that also showcased the team atmosphere Carroll has developed. Carroll helped provide the shift after halftime when we returned to a pressuring defense instead of sticking with a game plan designed to thwart an intricate Duck passing scheme that never materialized. He compensated for the loss of Shaun Cody by installing a speed rush package that includes Doyal Butler and Van Brown and it paid off. His converted safety Matt Grootegoed was vital in filling the holes and slowing Onterrio Smith. All these moves come from a coach who is looking for any way he can to win, a coach who has a real joy for the game and a competitive spirit that is reflected in his team and the passionate way in which they play. The Trojans will head into the bye week with all the momentum in the world as we look to get a much needed rest in preparation for a stretch run that could lead to