No. 9 Oregon Takes Down USC, 28-17
Oct. 14, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Joey Harrington picked the Southern Cal defense apartSaturday, throwing for 382 yards and four touchdowns as No. 9 Oregon beat theslumping Trojans 28-17.
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 leadearly in the third quarter and held on to beat Southern Cal for the thirdconsecutive time.
The loss also was the third in as many weeks for USC (3-3, 0-3), which hadbeen ranked eighth after a 3-0 start.
Sultan McCullough rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries for USC, including a59-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game. Carson Palmer was 15 of35 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 thegap on John Wall's 25-yard field goal with 4:53 left in the quarter, thenpulled within four on Palmer's 7-yard TD pass to Antoine Harris 2:19 into thefourth.
But the Ducks' defense stiffened, and, after stopping the Trojans on fourthdown at the USC 25 in the closing minutes, Oregon added an insurance touchdownon 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 thirdquarter 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 puntand Rogers recovered at the Trojans' 7.
The Ducks pulled ahead early in the second quarter on Harrington's 23-yardtouchdown pass to Josh Line. Howry caught a 31-yard pass and Peelle a 22-yarderin 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 cameback with a sustained drive to tie it.
Harrington wrapped up the 13-yard, 79-yard march with a shovel pass toMorris on third-and-goal from the 8. Morris took the pitch 2 yards behind theline 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 Howrycaught a Harrington pass and ran down to the USC 1, but fumbled through the endzone for a touchback.
The victory was the Ducks' third in four years against USC, including atriple 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 inconference for the first time since 1957.
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer