College Football

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6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET1:30 AM GMT9:30 AM 北京时间6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST, Sep. 24, 2022
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon  Attendance: 28,768

No. 7 USC, Oregon State clash in battle of unbeatens

USC Trojans at Oregon State Beavers

  1. USC is 63-12-4 all-time against Oregon State, but the Beavers won last year's contest, 45-27. The Trojans have not lost to Oregon State in back-to-back meetings since the first two games of this rivalry back in 1914 and 1916.
  2. Of USC's 17 scrimmage touchdowns this season, 14 have been scored by players who didn't appear in a single game for the Trojans last year. That is tied for the second-highest percentage (82.4) among major conference teams (Ole Miss -- 88.2).
  3. Travis Dye and Austin Jones each rushed for 100+ yards and a touchdown in last week's win over Fresno State, the first Trojan duo to do so since November 2017 (Ronald Jones III, Aca'Cedric Ware). USC had just two such performances in the 2021 season, both by Keaontay Ingram.
  4. This marks the first 3-0 start for Oregon State since 2014, a season in which the Beavers also faced a ranked USC team (No. 18) in their fourth game. They ended up losing that game, 35-10, after giving up 28 unanswered points to end the game.
  5. Eight different Beavers scored a touchdown in last week's 68-28 win over Montana State, the team's most different scorers in a game since December 2012 (9 versus Nicholls). Oregon State's 68 points were its most in any game over the last 10 years.

Seventh-ranked Southern California heads to Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday for a meeting with undefeated and upset-minded Oregon State in Pac-12 Conference play.

USC (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) was impressive again last week, rolling past Fresno State 45-17. The Bulldogs are a mutual opponent shared with Oregon State (3-0, 0-0).

USC balanced its passing attack, which has been prolific on the arm of quarterback Caleb Williams, with an effective ground game against Fresno State.

Running backs Austin Jones and Travis Dye each rushed for more than nine yards per carry en route to 110 and 102 yards, respectively. Their combined efforts marked the first time USC had two 100-plus-yard rushers in the same game since November 2018 - when Aca'Cedric Ware (205 yards) and Vavae Malepeai (101) starred in the Trojans' last visit to Oregon State's Reser Stadium.

The 38-21 USC win in 2018 came against a much different Beavers team in the program's first year under coach Jonathan Smith. Oregon State snapped its eight-year bowl-game drought last season, is currently off to its best start since 2014, and last September, the Beavers ended a pair of losing streaks against the Trojans.

The 45-27 Oregon State romp stopped a skid of four straight losses to USC and marked their first win at Los Angeles since 1960. That night was a breakout performance for Oregon State combo linebacker-running back Jack Colletto, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns out of goal-line Wildcat sets.

"They do a very good job with their personnel groupings," first-year USC coach Lincoln Riley said. "They're very creative with the personnel they use. They've certainly got a system they believe in and style of offense they believe in."

Colletto remains a weapon in the Beavers' offense this season, most notably scoring out of the same set on the final play of Oregon State's 35-32 Week 2 win at Fresno State. However, expect plenty of entirely new looks between Oregon State and USC this time around.

"The quarterback (Williams) can be accurate, move his feet," Smith said. "The receiver play (is) dangerous, bunch of different weapons. Got a couple good backs. So this is the best offense we've played so far."

Each of those position groups contributing to USC's 50.7-point per game output (6th in FBS) feature prominent transfer talent: Williams and receiver Mario Williams from Oklahoma, reigning Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Jordan Addison out of Pitt, Jones and Dye coming into the backfield from Stanford and Oregon respectively.

The influx of new skill-position talent has USC in pursuit of its first 4-0 start since 2017, as well as its dominance in the turnover battle. The Trojans have 10 takeaways with no turnovers, the best margin in the nation.

USC aims to continue its clean offensive play with "a big plus," on the line according to Riley. Left tackle Courtland Ford returned to practice Tuesday from an injury sustained Week 2 at Stanford.

However, the Trojans lost wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr., who Riley revealed plans to redshirt this season. Oregon State, whose offense ranks 13th in FBS with 45.7 points per game, will be without tight end Luke Musgrave.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2022

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