USC vs. Oregon Score, Takeaway: Duck Upset No. 13 Trojans to Claim Second Straight Pac-12 Title

The trip to get there was wildly unorthodox, but Oregon captured the Pac-12 Championship on Friday night and halted another late rally from USC to win 31-24. USC went 5–0 with a trio of last-minute victories, but the Trojans could not make much of a comeback from the early 14–0 hole, despite another late comeback attempt.

USC had a football spot seven late in the fourth quarter, but Kadon Slovis’ third interception of the night proved costly. As a USC quarterback to avoid pressure for less than three minutes to get out of the pocket, he advised throwing the football down the sideline in the Oregon area instead of throwing it away. When Jamal Hill of Oregon attempted to control the ball and tap his toes for a gap after initially dodging the football, the heroine attempted.

Then, with Anthony Brown’s transfer to quarterback at Boston College, Oregon got first place, which allowed the Duck to run down the clock in under a minute, before making it back to USC. But the Trojan’s last-rushing attempt yielded no results with no timeout.

It was a conference title matchup that was predicted in the league’s Presidency media poll. But Oregon didn’t really have to be here. Rather, Washington (3-1) was supposed to represent the Pack-12 North in the title game. However, second-placed Oregon was boosted when the Huskies faced COVID-19 issues, which prevented them from playing.

The Ducks rose to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll before losing 3–0 to Opson State for 3 consecutive weeks, and Cal in recent weeks eliminated the possibility of making any noise on the national scene. However, Oregon had wreaked havoc on those defeats in the past as it unfolded on Friday. The Ducks touched Slovis twice in the first quarter, setting up a pair of touchdowns as the Ducks took a 14–0 lead.

Although USC returned three touchdowns, the Trojans never came close. After a brief season of late-game heroes, his clutch magic finally went out.

Duck depth at QB factor

The Browns did not play the Duck’s first five matches entering Friday night, but entered and made their first try in a big moment in the first quarter. Cornerback Demodor Lenorier set Oregon inside USC’s 10-yard-line with an interception in USC’s first series. The Duck faced a third-and-goal when Brown checked on starting quarterback Tyler Shaw and Jaylon Redd hit a touchdown to put Oragan up 7-0. Brown also threw a short-touchdown pass in the third quarter, with Oregon scoring 28-14, including a 14-play drive. Although Brown attempted just four passes compared to Schaff’s 15, his appearance as the second quarterback in the game was effective and something the Trojans didn’t see on tape.

This was not the only time an Oregon backup quarterback made an impact. Calle Millen, a redshirt freshman who is not listed as one of the Duck’s top three quarterbacks, played on special teams and dealt with kickoff coverage during the second quarter.

Thibodox shines

Oregon sophistication defensive end Kyonan Thibodeaux won the game’s MVP award. USC made a major delay in the third quarter after recovering an onside kick trailing 28–17. It appeared that the Trojans had stolen the momentum of the game with bold special teams games. But then Thibodo sacked Slovis for a nine-yard loss and forced a USC punt in Oregon’s favor and regaining control of the game. Thibodeco finished with five total tackles and also made frequent breakups when facing Sloss. He is going to be a major factor in 2021 and among the nation’s top defensive players.

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