LAist-CS: Ducks Sit on Trojans' Face
Let me channel my inner Vic the Brick. "Trojan fans! One word: UY!"
In a Saturday where all of the excitement was contained to the margins (Southern Miss-Houston; Miami (FL)-Wake Forest; Cal-Arizona State; Rutgers-UConn), all eyes were on USC and Oregon. And in the spotlight, the Trojan defense withered.
They gave up 613 yards of offense and 47 points, the most points they have surrendered since they gave up 48 to UCLA in 1996. And their 27 point loss was their worst since being shut out by Washington 27-0 in 1997. Note that none of this happened during head coach Pete Carroll's predecessor Paul Hackett's tenure.
This 47-20 was the first time since Carroll's first year where USC was outplayed by a superior opponent. USC couldn't stop Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli all night. By air or by ground, Masoli ate up the Trojan defense. Hell he gained 164 rushing yards alone, more than the entire Trojan rushing staff.
Oregon came out of this game completely atoning for their goose egg at the beginning of the season at the smurf turf of Boise State and all the ugliness that ensued. And the reins of the Pac-10 were not handed to them by the Trojans. The Ducks raided the Trojans and forcibly extricated it.
With that here are the new rankings as voted on by the troika of me, Adam Rose and Andy Sternberg: