EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Matt Leinart threw for 315 yards and three
touchdowns and top-ranked USC trailed early but took over in the
second half Saturday to beat No. 24 Oregon 45-13, the Trojans' 25th
The Ducks (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and
clung to a 13-10 halftime advantage, but the Trojans (3-0, 1-0)
scored 35 unanswered points in the second half.
Leinart, who was completing 75 percent of his passes (36-48)
going into the game, didn't even make half of his attempts (12 of
25) in the first half against the Ducks. But the Heisman Trophy
winner finished 23-of-39 with an interception.
Reggie Bush caught a scoring pass and ran for another for the
two-time defending national champions, who have been No. 1 for a
record 22-straight AP polls. He finished with 20 carries for 122
yards, and three catches for 43 yards.
Dewayne Jarrett added eight catches for 94 yards and two
touchdowns. LenDale White ran for 111 yards and two scores as the
USC offense continued to look unstoppable after a few early gaffes.
Kellen Clemens made 15 of 30 passes for 168 yards and one TD for
Oregon. In 155 attempts this season, he has yet to throw an
Paul Martinez kicked at 37-yard field goal to put the Ducks
ahead 3-0 early in the game, thrilling the record Autzen Stadium
crowd of 59,129.
On USC's subsequent possession, Leinart's pass intended for
Jarrett was intercepted by Aaron Gipson in the end zone and
returned 38 yards. Oregon capitalized on the turnover with Clemens'
36-yard touchdown pass Demetrius Williams.
Martinez added a 48-yarder to make it 13-0 before the Trojans
got going with Leinart's 19-yard scoring pass to Bush. Mario Danelo
kicked a 36-yard field goal to narrow it to 13-10 at halftime.
Southern California took over early in the second half with
Leinart's 11-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett. Oregon's offense and
defense both stalled, and the Trojans scored again White's 1-yard
plow into the end zone.
Despite two stubborn Oregon defenders, Jarrett pulled down a
6-yard pass from Leinart in the end zone to make it 31-13. Jarrett
now has 20 touchdowns in 16 games.
Oregon appeared to score on Cameron Colvin's 6-yard run early in
the fourth quarter. But the play was called back when officials
penalized the Ducks for Terrell Jackson's below-the knees block,
even though it appeared to occur after Colvin crossed the goal
The crowd that hadn't begun to stream out of the stadium booed
when Bush scored on an 11-yard run to give the Trojans a 38-13 lead
with 8:12 to go. White ran in a 2-yarder for the final margin.
USC has now scored 178 points in three games.
Many expected the Ducks would be able to put up more points
because of two key injuries on the Southern California defense.
Linebacker and co-captain Dallas Sartz dislocated his shoulder
against Arkansas, and cornerback Terrell Thomas is probably
sidelined for the remainder of the season with torn knee ligaments.
Instead the Trojans tossed a shutout in the second half.
The two teams last met in 2002, when the No. 15 Trojans visited
the No. 14 Ducks at Autzen.
USC won it 44-33 led then by Carson Palmer, who threw for a
career-best 448 yards, and a school record-tying five touchdowns.
Freshman receiver Mike Williams caught 13 passes for 226 yards and
Since that game the Trojans are 32-1. The Ducks are 17-16.
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