Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: USC 21, Oregon 7
By Ted Miller
EUGENE, Ore. -- Is Oregon the next team to fall out of the national title hunt? USC leads 21-7 at the half.
Best player in the half: USC quarterback Matt Barkley completed 15 of 19 throws for 186 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was simply outstanding in the first half.
Best call: USC went three-and-out and fumbled on its first three possessions. Then coach Lane Kiffin dialed up a deep route, and Barkley connected with Marqise Lee for a 59-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. From then on, the Trojans offense rolled.
What USC needs to do, What Oregon needs to do: Oregon running back LaMichael James fumbled inside the Trojans 10-yard line late in the first half, so the Ducks didn't take any positive momentum into halftime. But they get the ball to open the second half. They need points on that possession to get things turned around. The Trojans need to continue their present trajectory -- attacking on offense and being opportunistic on defense. Running back Curtis McNeal also could have an impact in the second half, help to pile up first downs and eat clock.