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Final reflections: USC 44, Oregon 10

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- The second half provided no mystery. USC is back.

After a forgettable first quarter and a half, when they trailed, 10-3, the Trojans rolled up 34 consecutive points.

It was as though something clicked. The team that buried Ohio State woke up and the team that looked so terrible at Oregon State went back into hibernation. The Trojans finished with 598 total yards and held the Ducks to just 223.

Oregon entered the game averaging 532 yards per game, which ranked sixth in the nation, and 309 yards rushing, which ranked fourth. Oregon State freshman Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 186 yards against the Trojans.

The Ducks had just 65 yards on the ground. The biggest worry in the second half was quarterback Mark Sanchez getting hurt on a sack from Nick Reed. But Sanchez only sat out one series before returning -- and then yielded for good to backup Mitch Mustain.

Apparently, Sanchez is OK. And so are the Trojans.

A sense of Pac-10 normalcy returns. As for the Ducks, they turn their sights to what the other nine Pac-10 teams will be eyeballing: Second place in the conference. When USC plays like this, no one can beat them.

The question is: Will the Trojans play like this the rest of the season, and, if so, will that be enough to get them back into the national title hunt.