USC Shuts Down Beavers, 24-3
Nov. 3, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks, the USC defense was overpowering with nine sacks, and the 13th-ranked Trojans defeated Oregon State 24-3.
The victory was USC's 21st straight over the Beavers at the Los Angeles Coliseum, dating back to 1960, and raised the Trojans' record to 21-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll.
It was also USC's 31st win in the last 33 games between the schools and avenged a 33-31 loss at Oregon State last year.
USC (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10), a near-unanimous No. 1 pick entering the season, probably needs to win its final three games and get some help to earn at least a share of the conference championship for the sixth straight year. The performance was the Trojans' best since a 47-14 triumph over Washington State on Sept. 22.
Oregon State had its three-game losing streak snapped.
USC blew the game open by scoring three touchdowns in a 7 1/2 -minute span of the second quarter. The Beavers (5-4, 3-3) played without tailback Yvenson Bernard, the Pac-10's third-leading rusher with a 101.8-yard per game average.
Booty, playing for the first time since breaking the middle finger on his throwing hand Oct. 6 during the Trojans' shocking 24-23 loss to 41-point underdog Stanford, completed 19-of-33 passes without being intercepted.
Chauncey Washington gained 60 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns against the nation's No. 1 team in rushing defense, and Booty was sacked just twice by the national leader in that category as well.