Trojans Upset in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's freshman running back, Jacquizz Rodgers, dashed and darted all over the field Thursday night, gaining a career-high 186 yards and running away with the Trojans chances at an undefeated season in the process.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's freshman running back, Jacquizz Rodgers, dashed and darted all over the field Thursday night, gaining a career-high 186 yards and running away with the Trojans chances at an undefeated season in the process.

"It's real bitter. We came up here and lost two years ago. I didn't want to come up here and lose again," defensive end Kyle Moore said after the Trojans shocking 27-21 loss. "We wanted to change the outcome this time."

"Of course we are extremely disappointed, but you look at it and you see Oregon State played great tonight," Pete Carroll added. "Mike Riley had them ready, they played better than us, they played harder than us, and they made all the plays they needed to make."

One play in particular that the Beavers executed all night was the inside zone, running it over and over right at the heart of the USC defense with great success.


Rodgers set the tone.
"That inside zone," Rey Maualuga said with a sigh. "It was just surreal, they kept running the same plays and we just didn't know how to stop it. We just couldn't stop it.

"When you run a play and have success with it, just keep going until it doesn't."

The Trojans defenders admitted that they knew what Oregon State wanted to accomplish on offense but just weren't able to stop them, giving up 176 yards on the ground.

"They didn't catch us off guard; everything they ran we prepared for all week. They did what we thought they were going to do," USC linebacker Brian Cushing said. "Pretty much it seemed like we just did not do a good job of tackling tonight."

In total, Rodgers rushed 37 times for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns, keeping the USC defense off balance with his tremendous vision and ability to get yards after contact.

"He was real slippery. We had him a lot of the times and he would still get out of there and was still running," Kyle Moore said. "I had him a couple of times and he would just slip right out of your hands.

"I don't know how many yards he had after the hit, but I know that he had a lot."

The Trojans, who had looked nearly unbeatable in their two blowout victories over Virginia and Ohio State, were physically dominated the entire first half by the underdog Beavers.

Oregon State built a 21-point lead and held off USC's comeback shot for a stunning 27-21 upset win in Corvallis.

After the loss, Jeff Byers said another loss to a heavy underdog within the conference will serve as a wakeup call for the Trojans.

"It's a huge wakeup call for everybody," Byers said. "Teams are good in the Pac-10 and you have to play good football in the Pac-10 every weekend or else you get beat."

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