That sore topic this week becomes relevant early as Malcolm Smith strips the ball from Jeff Maehl and Will Harris recoveres. USC forced its 18th fumble and recovered its seventh.
Does USC miss Anthony McCoy? Blake Ayles dropped a pass over the middle on third-and-13 from the Trojans’ 25.
The Ducks go no-huddle and QB Jeremiah Masoli makes some clutch passes and runs as they go 3 for 3 on third-down conversions. Masoli scores on a 3-yard run.
Thanks to that kickoff return, the Ducks tie the game on Morgan Flint’s 32-yard FG.
USC’s kickoff team is struggling again, allowing a 77-yard return on the Ducks’ first possession.