USC Trojans Ride Defense To Upset Over Oregon State Beavers

By Joseph Lisi
USC Trojans
Brandin Cooks-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans had not won in Corvalis, Ore. since the 2004 season. The optimism surrounding the Trojans Friday night game with the Oregon State Beavers was bleak. The team had lost three straight on the road to their PAC-12 foe in Reser Stadium and were outscored by a 12.3 margin of victory by the Beavers. However, the Trojans’ defense stepped up and was instrumental in handing Oregon State their third loss of the season (31-14).

The USC defense started fast and constantly harassed Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion throughout the first half. After USC jumped out 7-0 on their first drive of the game, the Trojan defense took over.

The Trojans’ secondary blanketed the Beavers’ wide receivers and allowed their defensive line to create pressure in the pocket. Mannion finished the first half completing 8-of-17 passes with one touchdown and one interception. USC was able to sack him twice and force him into making quick decisions in the vertical passing game.

The Trojans were able to shut down the Beavers in the second half and create two key turnovers that sealed the victory. USC held Oregon State’s No. 1 ranked passing offense to 277 passing yards for the game (143 yards under their average).

The defensive line for the Trojans shut down the running lanes and held the Beavers to 92 yards rushing on the evening. The inability of Oregon State’s offense to rush the football put them into third-and-long situations that they were not able to convert. For the game, the Beavers made 2-of-11 third-down conversions and were one-dimensional most of the evening.

The victory moved USC’s record to 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the PAC -12.

Oregon State fell to 6-3 on the year and 4-2 in the conference.

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