- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon is going to need a fourth-quarter miracle against USC to stay in the national title hunt.
Even for an explosive offense, 18 points is a lot to make up. The Ducks not only need three scores, they need to stop Matt Barkley and company.
Still, De'Anthony Thomas' 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown created just enough "maybe" that it would be premature to write the game story at this point.
Keep in mind: Even with a loss, the Ducks are still on top of the Pac-12 North. If Stanford beats California, the Ducks would have to lose to Oregon State next weekend for the Cardinal to play in the Pac-12 championship game.
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