OREGON: ROAD TO THE ROSE BOWL GAME
November 2, 2019 Los Angeles, Calif. GAME 9
Oregon 56, USC 24
Down two scores after the first quarter, No. 7 Oregon stormed
back to dominate Southern Califor-nia on Saturday night in the
L.A. Coliseum, 56-24, cementing the Ducks’ grasp on the Pac-
12 North and keeping them in the conversation for a College
Football Playoff berth.
The UO football team won its eighth straight game, and did
it in come-from-behind fashion for the third time in a row. But
after two dramatic, late-game comebacks to beat Washington
and WSU, the Ducks dug themselves out of an early hole and
trounced the Trojans on their home turf.
The Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) trailed 10-0 in the first quarter
after USC marched to a touchdown on its opening drive, then
converted just the second interception of the season thrown by
Justin Her-bert into a field goal. The Trojans were marching again
after a UO punt, but Verone McKinley III’s interception of a tipped
pass changed the momentum — more thoroughly than anyone
could have known at the time.
Herbert’s first rushing touchdown began a run of 21 straight
points by the Ducks, capped by a pick-six from safety Brady
Breeze. USC ended that run with a touchdown to get within 21-
17 late in the first half, by Mykael Wright returned the ensuing
kickoff 100 yards with 8 seconds left before halftime, for a 28-17
The second half was all Oregon, as the Ducks scored 28 straight
points. That run included three touchdown passes by Herbert
to Juwan Johnson, and another by UO backup quarterback
Tyler Shough, to Mycah Pittman. Johnson’s three-touchdown
performance came in his first start at Ore-gon, while Pittman’s
touchdown gave him bragging rights with his brother, a receiver
The performance was far from perfect, with Oregon whistled
for 12 penalties for 157 yards in a game fueled by the emotions
of two rosters stacked with players who grew up in southern
Califor-nia. Nick Pickett will miss the first half of Oregon’s next
game, Nov. 16 against Arizona, after being ejected for targeting.
And defensive lineman Austin Faoliu was ejected as well, after
picking up two personal fouls on the same play.
But even those significant setbacks couldn’t deter the Ducks’
dominance. Oregon averaged 6.43 yards per play on the way
to 405 yards of offense, and won the turnover battle with four
takeaways to one giveaway while scoring on special teams
thanks to Wright.
Breeze, who figures to start against Arizona while Pickett sits
out the first half, added a team-high seven tackles to go along
with his pick-six. Johnson caught seven balls for 106 yards and
three touchdowns, and Herbert — who overcame a knee injury
early in the third quarter that caused him to miss two snaps —
was 21-of-26 passing for 225 yards, with the three scoring passes