“I can’t remember a game where a team pushed us around the field like that.”
— USC safety Josh Pinkard
For those new to the blog, USC football is broken into two periods.
2002-2005: Domination was born with national title appearances a common occurrence.
2006-09: No national titles. No title-game appearances. No experienced offensive coordinators.
Oregon fans mobbed the field after the game but many of them also wanted to take a picture with USC tailback Joe McKnight, who quietly stood on the field and surveyed the wreckage.
McKnight, to his credit, politely obliged some of the requests as he headed to the locker room.
This was the worst loss in the Pete Carroll era. USC’s worst previous loss was by 11 points (26-15 to Notre Dame in 2001).
“I could never imagine this in my career at USC,” safety Will Harris said.
Oregon’s 391 yards rushing was the most since USC surrendered 486 in the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl to Texas A&M. And USC won that game 47-28.
For the record, Oregon’s 613 yards in offense just missed the all-time opponent record of 623 set by Notre Dame in 1946.
The defensive disaster continues.
LaMichael James shreds the defense again on two straight runs to score. I’m trying to remember when USC’s defense looked this inept in all phases.
Jordan Congdon’s 39-yard FG narrows the gap. Now it’s the defense’s turn to respond.
Looks like few solutions were found on the opening drive as Morgan Flint’s 35-yard FG gives the Ducks a 10-point lead.