No. 3 Trojans Upended By Oregon State, 33-31
Oct. 28, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State capitalized on four USC turnovers to upset No. 3 USC 33-31, snap the Trojans 27-game Pac-10 winning streak and break the national championship race wide open on Saturday.
USC (6-1, 4-1) had also won 18 straight road games. But the Trojans had shown cracks in their last three games, each a victory by seven points or less.
Against the Beavers, they couldn't escape and came up one play short.
John David Booty's 2-yard scoring pass to Steve Smith with 7 seconds left made the score 33-31. But Oregon State's Jeff Van Orsow batted down a pass on the 2-point conversion play to preserve the lead.
Oregon State fans celebrated wildly in the second half when quarterback Matt Moore hit Joe Newton with a 9-yard scoring pass and Sammie Stroughter ran a punt back 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Beavers (4-4, 3-2) a 30-10 lead.
USC, which was coming off a bye that allowed All-American Dwayne Jarrett and fellow starter Smith to heal injuries, came back with Booty's 4-yard scoring pass to Fred Davis to close out the third quarter.
Booty then found Smith in the end zone and Chauncey Washington ran in the 2-point conversion to narrow it to 33-25.
Alexis Serna's 47-yard field goal attempt went wide left in the fourth quarter and gave USC one more shot.
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