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No. 12 Oregon 28, USC 17
Associated Press


LOS ANGELES -- Joey Harrington picked the Southern Cal defense apart Saturday, throwing for 382 yards and four touchdowns as No. 12 Oregon beat the slumping Trojans 28-17.

Maurice Morris
Maurice Morris is a workhorse for the Ducks, but should have more help this fall.

Harrington completed 28 of 42 attempts, including touchdown passes of 8, 23, 13 and 18 yards for Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pacific-10). The Ducks built a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter and held on to beat Southern Cal for the third consecutive time.

The loss also was the third in as many weeks for USC (3-3, 0-3), which had been ranked eighth after a 3-0 start.

Keenan Howry had eight catches for 126 yards, and Maurice Morris carried 32 for 85 yards for Oregon, which also owns Pac-10 victories over Washington and UCLA this season.

Sultan McCullough rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries for USC, including a 59-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game. Carson Palmer was 15 of 35 for 194 yards for the Trojans, with one touchdown and one interception.

After falling behind 21-7 early in the third quarter, the Trojans closed the gap on John Wall's 25-yard field goal with 4:53 left in the quarter, then pulled within four on Palmer's 7-yard TD pass to Antoine Harris 2:19 into the fourth.

But the Ducks' defense stiffened, and, after stopping the Trojans on fourth down at the USC 25 in the closing minutes, Oregon added an insurance touchdown on Harrington's 18-yard pass to Justin Peelle with 1:10 remaining.

The Ducks had built their pad to 21-7 in the opening moments of the third quarter on Harrington's third touchdown pass, a 13-yarder to LaCorey Collins. Josh Rogers set up the score when USC punt returner Kris Richard fumbled a punt and Rogers recovered at the Trojans' 7.

The Ducks pulled ahead early in the second quarter on Harrington's 23-yard touchdown pass to Josh Line. Howry caught a 31-yard pass and Peelle a 22-yarder in the 77-yard scoring march for a 14-7 lead.

After McCullough's early TD run gave USC a quick 7-0 lead, the Ducks came back with a sustained drive to tie it.

Harrington wrapped up the 13-yard, 79-yard march with a shovel pass to Morris on third-and-goal from the 8. Morris took the pitch 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and had a clear path up the middle to the end zone.

The Ducks missed another scoring chance in the second quarter, when Howry caught a Harrington pass and ran down to the USC 1, but fumbled through the end zone for a touchback.

The victory was the Ducks' third in four years against USC, including a triple overtime win last year in Eugene. Until now, Oregon hadn't beaten UCLA, Washington and USC in a single season since 1948, and the Ducks are 4-0 in conference for the first time since 1957.

On the Mike: Keeping watch

 Kareem Kelly lays out to haul in the Carson Palmer bomb.
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 Joey Harrington lays it in nicely for Josh Line on a 23-yard TD pass.
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 Maurice Morris takes the shovel-pass from Joey Harrington and rumbles into the end zone.
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 Sultan McCullough slices through the Oregon defense 59 yards for a TD.
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