Not only have the Trojans burned through two timeouts in the first quarter, but they remain scoreless after two drives as freshman Denis Lynch’s 35-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter. Travis Dye, who began his college career at Oregon, is a bright spot with 70 rushing yards on six attempts. He entered the game with 482 career rushing yards against the Beavers from his Oregon career.
Pac-12 Network cameras caught the USC head coach speaking to Caleb Williams speaking on the sideline before the USC offense took the field on a critical drive. “The time is now, ” Riley told him. Williams delivered, leading a go-ahead 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that gave USC a 17-14 lead over Oregon State after a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Addison. Max Williams sealed the victory and snuffed out Oregon State’s comeback attempt with an interception on a tipped pass. It was USC’s fourth interception of the game as the team’s maligned defense carried the offense that was uncharacteristically uncomfortable.
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Caleb Williams is just one-for-six passing for 11 yards and misfired to Tahj Washington on third down, which brought Lynch on for the field goal attempt. Mater Dei’s Domani Jackson makes collegiate debut Freshman defensive back Domani Jackson made his college debut on USC’s first defensive drive and made a good first impression with a tackle on second-and-10. Jackson, an early enrollee out of Santa Ana Mater Dei, helped the Trojans stop Oregon State on the drive. The Beavers settled for a punt on fourth-and-seven from the USC 44-yard line and pinned the Trojans on their own 10-yard line. Tuli Tuipulotu came up with a key play on third down, batting down a pass at the line of scrimmage. USC fails to score on first drive For the first time this season, USC didn’t score on its opening drive of a game.
USC offense still sputtering Three drives and still no points for the Trojans. Oregon State’s defense had flustered the seemingly unstoppable USC offense, forcing the Trojans to burn all three timeouts before halftime. Pac-12 Network cameras caught quarterback Caleb Williams clapping at his teammates, seemingly to get them re-focused, after the Trojans called their third timeout of the half with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter. Two plays later, without anymore timeouts to use, USC had to take a delay of game penalty on second-and-10. Williams, who is three-of-12 passing for 30 yards, completed two passes on the drive, but threw an incomplete pass intended for Terrell Bynum on third-and-15, prompting a punt from Aadyn Sleep-Dalton with 10:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Offensive lineman Bobby Haskins jumped on the loose ball at the one-yard line to avoid USC’s first turnover of the season. Facing third-and-10, Williams couldn’t have picked a better time to find Jordan Addison for his first catch of the day, connecting with the star receiver for 17 yards. Williams continued to will the Trojans downfield, scrambling out of the pocket and ducking past would-be tacklers. Despite starting with their heels on their own goal line, the Trojans pushed into Oregon State territory. After Williams was dragged down on third down from the Oregon State 34, USC punted, which was downed at the three-yard line.
Now its defense is leading. With the offense struggling, Ceyair Wright grabbed USC’s second takeaway of the night to stop a promising Oregon State drive. Wright picked off a pass from Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan and returned the ball 14 yards to the Oregon State 26, giving USC a prime scoring opportunity.
Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan is nine-of-11 passing for 96 yards and one interception, which was snagged by USC linebacker Eric Gentry. USC settles for field goal after interception USC is finally on the board with a 42-yard field goal from Denis Lynch. The Trojans, who trail 7-3 with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter, were aggressive after Eric Gentry’s interception. Lincoln Riley dialed up a long throw from Caleb Williams to Mario Williams on the first play, but the attempt fell incomplete. The former Oklahoma teammates connected on second-and-15 though for 22 yards to spark the drive, which continued to the following play with a 19-yard rush from Travis Dye.
The defense was a big question entering this season, but its consistent ability to force turnovers took pressure off the inconsistent offense. Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison TD saves USC in comeback vs. Oregon State USC wide receiver Jordan Addison celebrates his go-ahead touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter of the Trojans’ 17-14 win over Oregon State on Saturday night. (Amanda Loman / Associated Press) CORVALLIS, Ore. — The trap was laid, just like it had been many times before. Another USC football team with title potential driving toward destiny, only to take a dangerous detour through the Willamette Valley to Oregon State, where nothing ever seems to go as planned for the Trojans. It’d been a decade since their last defeat here, but the specter of those ill-fated trips still loomed, years of bad voodoo coursing through these half-finished bleachers.
Williams is nine-of-23 passing for 113 yards. Dye has 98 rushing yards on 11 carries. Oregon State starts second half on offense Oregon State, leading 7-3, gets the first offensive possession of the second half and will add the benefit of a USC kickoff out of bounds. With the flag, the Beavers start their drive on the 35-yard line. USC trails at halftime as offense struggles USC’s offense could use some halftime coffee. The Trojans trail 7-3 at the break to Oregon State as Caleb Williams, who looked nearly unstoppable in the first three games, has completed just six of 18 passes for 64 yards.
The Trojans barely converted on fourth-and-six on the drive, needing a key push from center Brett Neilon. Williams was forced to scramble on the play and was met by Oregon State tacklers just short of the line-to-gain, but Neilon came in and pushed his quarterback over the line at the last moment. Williams is 16-of-36 passing for 180 yards. Oregon State jumps ahead It didn’t take long for the momentum USC grabbed with its third interception to shift back toward Oregon State. The Beavers regained the lead with an 18-yard touchdown run from Jam Griffin, jumping ahead 14-10 with 4:41 remaining. Oregon State capitalized on a short field after the defense flipped the field with a big stop. The USC offense couldn’t do anything after Mekhi Blackmon’s interception, going three-and-out and punting from the one-yard line. Aadyn Sleep-Dalton, who caught the snap with his heels near the back of the end zone, notched only 33 yards on his kick and Oregon State’s Anthony Gould returned it for 13 yards, putting the Beavers at the USC 22-yard line.
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It was the Austrailian’s sixth punt of the year. Oregon State strikes first USC is trailing for the first time this season after Oregon State scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 13:18 remaining in the second quarter. Deshaun Fenwick capped a 10-play, 80-yard Oregon State drive with a physical touchdown run over the left side to put the Beavers up 7-0. Oregon State and USC are both averaging 6. 2 yards per play, but the Trojans are relying heavily on their run game, which has 100 of the team’s 111 yards. Oregon State enters red zone as first quarter ends Oregon State is knocking on the door for the game’s first points after converting a fourth-and-four to close the first quarter.
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The Beavers stopped USC on fourth-and-five from the Oregon State 42-yard line as Caleb Williams’ pass intended for Mario Williams fell incomplete. It’s a rare first-quarter miscue for the Trojans, who scored touchdowns on every first-quarter drive they had in their first three games (a perfect seven-for-seven). The Trojans got off to a promising start with a 36-yard rush from Travis Dye on the opening play from scrimmage. The former Oregon running back is coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing weeks.
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