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LAst Night's Action: Trojans Lose Again in Corvallis

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Oregon State Beavers defeat USC Trojans 36-7. A week after Oregon State got embarrassed at home against the awful Washington State, they decided to take out their frustrations on the visiting Trojans. They held the Trojans to only a touchdown while knocking quarterback Matt Barkley with a high ankle sprain out of the game at the end of the first half.

After forcing the Beavers to punt on their first possession, the Trojans were in a great position to score on their first possession of the game. Barkley, with the aid of a Robert Woods run of 22 yards that was supplemented with a 15-yard personal foul, got the Trojans from their three-yard line all the way to the Beaver 26 for a fourth down-and-two. Deciding to go for it, Marc Tyler didn’t extend the ball falling a yard short.

Later in the first quarter after exchanging three-and-outs, the Beavers finally struck first with Justin Kahut’s 34-yard field goal.

While not devastating, what happened next would be for the Trojans. On the first play of the second quarter, Barkley’s pass was intercepted for a pick-six by Jordan Poyer giving the Beavers the 10-0 lead.

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Then the Trojans porous pass defense once again reared its ugly head as a pass interference call and a 24-yard pass play to Aaron Nichols from Ryan Katz set up the Beavers’ touchdown. In a blink of an eye, the Beavers led 17-0 and the Trojans were reeling.

The second half was no better even though backup quarterback Mitch Mustain did direct a touchdown run. But there was just too much Jacquizz Rodgers for the Trojans to handle with his 26 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Barkley went 10-for-19 for 75 yards and an interception in the first half while Mustain went 8-for-17 for 60 yards. C.J. Gable led the Trojans rushers with 10 carries for 57 yards and the lone touchdown.