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First quarter: USC 10, Oregon 8

LOS ANGELES -- The early returns, we have a game: 10-8 after one quarter.

Of course, Oregon can explode at any time -- recall a 21-3 deficit to Stanford -- but at this point USC is matching the Ducks and, most importantly, getting defensive stops.

Numbers are fairly even -- both teams have eight first downs. Both quarterbacks are playing well. The crowd is into the action.

USC just can't make things easy with penalties, turnovers and three-and-outs. And it can't settle for three in the red zone as it did on its opening possession.