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Oregon Ducks defeat USC Trojans 53-32. The Trojans made a valiant attempt to stay with the Ducks, but the Ducks’ offense was just too much to overcome as the Trojans fell to No. 1 Oregon 53-32.

Going back and forth the Trojans were only trailing the Ducks 36-32 with 6:46 left in the third quarter. A four-and-out gave the ball back to the Ducks, and they took four minutes to score on a LaMichael James two-yard touchdown rush for the 43-32 lead.

From that point on USC drives were: turnover on downs; interception by Matt Barkley; turnover on downs. Oregon kicked a field goal and had another James’ touchdown run to ice the game.

Barkley went 26-for-49 for 264 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble. The Trojans rushed for only 113 yards with Marc Tyler leading the rushers for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Overall the Trojans gained 377 yards of offense, but their defense couldn’t keep up with Oregon’s frenetic pace.

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The Ducks amassed 599 yards of offense with Darren Thomas going 19-for-32 with 288 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and a fumble. James gained 239 yards on the ground while Thomas added 42 yards rushing.

Arizona Wildcats defeat UCLA Bruins 29-21. With quarterback Kevin Prince out for the rest of the season, the responsibility falls to Richard Brehaut to lead the team to some amount of respectability. He did his best going 13-for-27 for 228 yards through the air and having the team down five in the fourth quarter, but as expected the comeback fell short thanks to a horrendous end-around and a Brehaut fumble giving the Bruins their fourth conference loss.

“He did some really good things and some things that are still costing us, and that’s not unusual for a quarterback that is this young in his career,” Bruins’ Head Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Trailing 26-21 with 10:21 left in the game, Taylor Embree had some adventures holding onto his punt return thanks to Shaquille Richardson knocking it out at the UCLA 37-yard line. But Christian Ramirez got a hold of the ball for the Bruins and got it to midfield for a short field and a chance to possibly take the lead.

After getting a first down, all hopes for that failed when the Bruins lost nine yards on an end-around that gave the Bruins a 2nd-and-19. Johnathan Franklin rushed for two-yards on second-down and that was it for that drive.

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Arizona drove to UCLA’s 35-yard line and was forced to punt giving the Bruins another chance, however the Bruins went backwards and went for it on fourth down on their own 19-yard line with 2:23 remaining in the game. Brehaut threw an incomplete pass allowing the Wildcats to take over on downs and kick a field goal for the 29-21 lead.

“I just felt like we had a chance to get a first down,” Neuheisel said. “I just felt that if we didn’t make it they would do just what they did and get three points. We had a chance to score again and get it to overtime.”

Indeed they did, and they were actually driving down the field. But Brehaut was sacked near midfield and coughed the ball up with 48 seconds left in the game.

San Jose Sharks defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-2. One word: annihilation. Just 36 seconds in the game, the Sharks won the faceoff in the Ducks’ zone and Dany Heatley knocked the puck past Curtis McElhinney. Logan Couture added a power-play goal at 4:45 for the 2-0 lead. Early in the second period on a power-play Joe Thornton passed the puck to Heatley across the crease who knocked it in. Niclas Wallin (12:32) and Patrick Marleau (15:17) added goals for the insurmountable 5-0 lead for the Sharks. The Ducks got power-play goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the third period, but it was too little too late.

LA Kings defeat New Jersey Devils 3-1. At least one Southern California team won. Read my recap of the game.

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TONIGHT’S ACTION

Golden State Warriors (2-0) at LA Lakers (2-0). 6:30 pm FSWest, AM 710 KSPN.

Dallas Mavericks (1-1) at LA Clippers (0-2). 12:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.

LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC. 5:00 pm ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, AM 1150 KTLK, AM 1220 KWKU (en español).

NFL Schedule

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10:00 am
Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys. CBS.
Green Bay Packers at New York Jets. Fox, AM 570 KLAC.

1:00 pm
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots. Fox.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers. AM 570 KLAC.
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders. AM 830 KLAA.

5:15 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints. NBC, AM 570 KLAC.