USC linebackers finally made their way to Vernon Adams Jr. for their first sack of the game, forcing Oregon to punt.

Olajuwon Tucker and Porter Gustin were credited with the sack. Scott Felix also was in the pile. 

Adams rushed for 11 yards and Royce Freeman rushed for two yards before the drive stalled. 

Oregon 38, USC 21 — 9:40 left in the third quarter

Ronald Jones II found an open path to the end zone and rushed for 12 yards and a much-needed USC touchdown. The drive went 75 yards in five plays and was the first time USC has scored since early in the second quarter.

Not only was there a tight end sighting, but there was a tight end touchdown. Tyler Petite caught a 12-yard pass to tie the game, 14-14.

The drive went 75 yards in 10 plays.

Tailback Justin Davis did most of the legwork. He caught an 11-yard pass on the first play and later rushed for 25 yards — carrying a pile of defenders with him for about 10 of those yards. 

Cody Kessler also scrambled for 10 yards on a third down to keep the drive moving.  

The time of possession has been an intersting stat to track.

USC — 14:28

Oregon — 3:19 

Oregon 14, USC 7 — 1:32 left in the first quarter 

I couldn’t even finish writing about USC’s touchdown before Oregon completed one pass for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Talk about busted coverage for USC. There was no one within a mile of Evan Baylis, who trotted easily into the end zone.

USC’s secondary players — John Plattenburg, Chris Hawkins and Adoree’ Jackson — looked at each other confused after the play.

It appeared defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Plattenburg got on the phone together after the play.

Oregon 7, USC 7 — 1:56 left in the first quarter 

Darreus Rogers leapt above two Oregon defenders to make a 27-yard catch in the end zone for a USC touchdown.

The drive covered 75 yards in a 11 plays and took five minutes and 29 seconds off the clock.

Steven Mitchell Jr. caught two passes for a combined 11 yards.

Oregon has been able to stop USC’s run game. Justin Davis has rushed for four yards in three carries and Ronald Jones II has rushed for 12 yards in five carries.

Oregon 7, USC 0 — 7:25 left in the first quarter

Vernon Adams Jr. completed a 48-yard pass to Bralon Addison for an Oregon touchdown. 

It was a quick drive that covered 66 yards in three plays and took just one minute and two seconds off the clock.

Adams also completed a 17-yard pass to Darren Carrington.

Adams is five of seven for 97 yards.

USC was unable to capitalize on an interception by Chris Hawkins and went three and out.

Justin Davis rushed for seven yards in consecutive carries.

Damien Mama was flagged for a false start on third and three and Cody Kessler’s third-down pass fell incomplete.

Oregon was swiftly moving down the field until Vernon Adams Jr. threw a deep pass into the end zone and was intercepted by safety Chris Hawkins.

Hawkins has made two interceptions this season.

USC will start at its own 20-yard line.

USC turned the ball over on downs after Coach Clay Helton elected to go for it on fourth and 10, instead of attempting a 49-yard field goal with backup kicker Matt Boermeester.

Starting kicker Alex Wood is sidelined because he did not pass concussion protocol.

Cody Kessler was three of seven for 27 yards, but threw three consecutive incompletions to end the drive. 

USC’s game plan clearly is to throw the ball against a weak Oregon secondary. 

Ronald Jones II rushed for two yards in two carries.

Oregon will start at its own 31-yard line.

USC announced that redshirt freshman Chris Brown will start at right guard and sophomore Olajuwon Tucker will make his first start at inside linebacker.

Kicker Alex Wood will be sidelined because he did not pass concussion protocol, according to a USC spokesperson.

Wood is 10 of 14 this season.

Backup Matt Boermeester has not kicked in a game. 

In about 45 minutes, USC will try to rekindle some of the magic from its last trip to Autzen Stadium in 2011, when quarterback Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a thrilling 38-35 victory over Oregon

A win today against the Ducks and a victory next week over UCLA would make USC the Pac-12 Conference South Division champion and it would bolster interim Coach Clay Helton’s chances to become the permanent coach.

It’s a chilly day in Eugene — temperatures are hovering in the high 30’s. 

USC and Oregon are each 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12. Both teams are on four-game winning streaks. 

The Trojans must play without leading tackler Cameron Smith, who has been sidelined for the season because of a knee injury.

Tailback Tre Madden and safety Leon McQuay III also are sidelined because of injuries and offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao will be a game-time decision.

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