Beavers Beaten Down by #18 USC

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LOS ANGELES – Southern California scored the final 28 points of the game on Saturday and the 22nd-ranked Trojans defeated Oregon State 28-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

It was the first loss for the Beavers (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12), whose four-game winning streak over the past two seasons was snapped in their Pacific-12 Conference opener.

Ryan Murphy’s 97-yard kickoff return in the first quarter accounted for OSU’s lone touchdown. Trevor Romaine added a 45-yard field goal that gave OSU a short-lived 10-7 advantage in the second quarter.

Senior quarterback Sean Mannion completed 15 of 32 passes for 123 yards. He was intercepted twice and remained tied with former USC star Carson Palmer for 13th on the Pac-12’s all-time passing touchdown list with 72.

Junior tailback Storm Woods led OSU’s ground attack with 61 yards on nine carries. Senior Richard Mullaney had a team-high five receptions for 78 yards.

The Trojans (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12) took a 7-0 lead on a 31-yard interception return by Su’a Cravens with 5:11 left in the first quarter. But Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-7 after Romaine’s PAT.

Romaine then sent the Beavers ahead 10-7 with a 45-yard field goal at 11:14 of the second quarter. USC surged in front to stay, 14-10, on Cody Kessler’s 16-yard TC pass to Justin Davis with 7:16 left in the half.

The Trojans scored again on a 48-yard Kessler-to-Darreus Rogers Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half to go ahead 21-10 and added a clinching score early in the fourth quarter.

The Beavers resume Pac-12 action at 1 p.m. Saturday at Colorado. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

 

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