USC GETS THE BOOT IN THIRD OT : OREGON 33, USC 30.
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USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. lost Carson Palmer Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California), is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He attended the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy Award in 2002 in his senior season. on Saturday night, but even that staggering blow could not overshadow o·ver·shad·ow
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2. To make insignificant by comparison; dominate. an emotional 33-30, triple-overtime loss to Oregon.
The Trojans went back and forth with the Ducks before finally succumbing in the third overtime, despite playing the second half without Palmer, who might have broken his shoulder.
USC's David Newbury shanked a 37-yard field goal in the third overtime, and Oregon won it when third-string kicker Josh Frankel kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Oregon lost starting kicker Nathan Villegas to a knee injury and backup kicker Dan Katz missed a field goal in the first extra period.
Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime and scored touchdowns in the second.
As memorable as the game was, USC coach Paul Hackett was mostly upset over the Trojans' performance.
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``That was not about Oregon, it's about us,'' Hackett said. ``We had mistakes all over the place. We had a holding penalty on a touchdown. It's a shame.''
The Trojans nearly won without Palmer, their talented sophomore quarterback around whom they built so much of their offense, when he injured his right shoulder in the first half and did not return.
``It doesn't look good,'' Palmer said.
He would be eligible for a redshirt year if he is forced to miss the rest of the season.
But at least inside Autzen Stadium The stadium is tucked between the Willamette River and Coburg Hills. The uniquely shaped bowl blends in with the wooded Eugene landscape. The shape also allows for unique acoustics, making it one of the loudest stadiums in NCAA Football for its capacity. , Palmer's injury was forgotten as the Trojans fought hard without their star quarterback, and got a wonderful effort from Mike Van Raaphorst (20-36, 227 yards, one touchdown).
After trailing 20-10, USC scored 13 straight points. But just when USC seemed to win it, Oregon tied the score 23-23 when Villegas kicked a 26-yard field goal with 30 seconds left.
Van Raaphorst directed USC on two touchdown drives, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:08 left when Chad Morton Chad Morton (born April 4, 1977 in Torrance, California) is an American football running back and kick/punt returner who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. scored on a 1-yard run. That gave the Trojans a 23-20 lead, but a bad snap botched botch
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1. the extra point, which would prove crucial.
Oregon's hope for a comeback seemed finished when Jason Cooper Jason Toop Cooper (born January 31 1967 in London, England) is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure.
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But David Newbury missed a critical 30-yard field goal with 2:16 left. It turned out to be a costly miss, because Oregon marched down the field and tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
Palmer was forced to watch the game in street clothes in the second half with his right shoulder in a sling. Oregon lost its two top tailbacks, Reuben Droughns Reuben Droughns (born August 21, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League. High School years and Herman Ho-Ching, to injuries.
Palmer's injury occurred two plays before the first half ended, when he scrambled to the sideline and was hit hard by Oregon rover Michael Fletcher Michael Edward Fletcher (born February 17, 1977 in Compton, California) is a Canadian Football League linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts. College career
Fletcher attended the University of Oregon and was a four-year starter at middle linebacker. .
USC didn't lose its offense without Palmer, as the Trojans moved the ball consistently with Van Raaphorst. One of Van Raaphorst's best passes was a 26-yard completion to R. Jay Soward Rodney (R.) Jay Soward (born January 16, 1978 in Rialto, California) is a football player who most recently played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts as a wide receiver. College career
He burst onto the college football scene with a 4-TD game vs. (12 catches, 148 yards) in the third quarter.
But after Soward caught the pass at the Oregon 26, he was hit by Tamoni Joinder The union in one lawsuit of multiple parties who have the same rights or against whom rights are claimed as coplaintiffs or codefendants. The combination in one lawsuit of two or more causes of action, or grounds for relief. and fumbled. Linebacker Matt Smith recovered the fumble, and three plays later, Feeley hit Tony Hartley on a 43-yard gain.
Feeley, who was brilliant most of the game, found Ho-Ching on a swing pass for a 9-yard touchdown pass that put the Ducks ahead 20-10.
Van Raaphorst continued to play admirably, hitting true freshman True freshman is a term used in NCAA sports, indicating that an athlete is playing the sport in his first year of college, rather than redshirting for one or more years to protect future college eligibility. Steve Stevenson on a 28-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Tailback Chad Morton scored on a 2-yard run to cut the deficit to 20-17. Stevenson injured his left ankle on the reception and did not return.
The game, between two of the conference's top teams, lived up to its billing and the Trojans were touting the ramifications ramifications npl → Auswirkungen pl even before the contest.
``This is going to determine where we are in the Pac-10 and the whole season,'' Morton said.
But that analysis became muddled after Palmer's injury. Oregon suffered its own catastrophe, when tailback Droughns separated his ribs and tore cartilage and did not return.
The Ducks found other ways to move the ball without Droughns.
Oregon caught the Trojans off guard on its opening possession of the second half. With a fourth-and-1 situation at the Oregon 39, the Ducks lined up to punt. But the snap went to up back Justin Wilcox, who pitched the ball to punter Kurtis Doerr on an option. Doerr ended up gaining 30 yards.
The drive eventually stalled at the USC 2-yard line, and Oregon kicker Nathan Villegas put the Ducks ahead 13-10 with a 19-yard field goal.
With Palmer, the two teams played a dead even game. That was reflected in more than the 10-10 halftime score. USC had 17 yards rushing, Oregon 20. USC had 135 yards passing, Oregon 130. The Trojans had 152 yards in offense, while the Ducks had 150.
Things could not have started any better for the Trojans. Droughns fumbled on the first play of the game, and free safety Ife Ohalete recovered at the Ducks' 24.
USC's first play was a 23-yard pass from Palmer to Stevenson. The Trojans then proved they can score in their goal-line offense as Morton ran it in from the 1. Offensive guard Faasea Mailo lined up at fullback on the play.
Oregon responded later in the quarter by going 65 yards before its drive stalled at the USC 29. Villegas kicked a 46-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.
Then it got worse for the Trojans. Palmer was intercepted by free safety McLemore and the Ducks took over at the USC 39.
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The Trojans tied the game 10-10 on the ensuing drive when David Newbury kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Despite bringing out loudspeakers in practice, the Trojans offensive line had five false starts.
USC vs. Oregon: A closer look
Mike Van Raaphorst. The second-string USC quarterback played an excellent game after Carson Palmer was injured.
Oregon's offense. After building a 20-10 lead, the Ducks seemed to go to sleep.
Nothing in the final numbers could be as significant as the shoulder injury suffered by USC quarterback Carson Palmer.
Notebook: Trojans like the night life, for a small fee
There may not be much benefit to playing a night game in Autzen Stadium, especially for USC, unless you consider the financial reward.
The Trojans netted an additional $260,000 by having the game switched to 7:15 p.m. and televised on Fox Sports Net.
Of course, the players don't really care about the late start, even though they didn't get back to Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. until 2:30 a.m. this morning.
``Our guys love late games because they get to sleep in,'' USC coach Paul Hackett said.
But one drawback is the that Duck fans seem even louder in the evening.
``The quackers that the fans have always affect you,'' USC free safety David Gibson
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Tough turf: USC is easily a faster team on artificial surface, but don't count tailback Chad Morton as a fan of the OmniTurf that Oregon has used for years.
``It's OK. I don't particularly like it,'' Morton said. ``I wish we playing them down (in Los Angeles).''
Radio switch: The night game forced some shuffling in USC's radio broadcast booth. Play-by-play broadcaster Lee Hamilton was scheduled to leave the game at halftime, then fly from Eugene to Portland to Chicago and finally Pittsburgh in to announce today's NFL NFL
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Former USC defensive lineman Tim Ryan
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Same plane: USC's chartered plane to Eugene returned to Los Angeles on and took UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX to the Bay Area for its game at Stanford.
That might explain how some stickers ended up on the seat trays for the second flight that had handicapped parking logos with the letters UCLA at the bottom.
Droughns' luck: Oregon tailback Reuben Droughns injured his ribs in the first quarter and was not expected to return. He missed last year's game against USC after he broke his leg the week before.
A night of firsts: USC tight end Pat Swanson caught the first pass of his career, a 32-yard reception in the first quarter. True freshman wide receiver Steve Stevenson, not true freshman Kareem Kelly, made the first start of his career. He is believed to be the first freshman to start a game at wide receiver since Johnnie Morton in 1990.
Arbet returns: USC freshman cornerback Kevin Arbet, who sprained his ankle early in the Hawaii game and missed last week's game with San Diego State, suited up against Oregon.
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PHOTO (1 -- color) Carson Palmer lets go of a pass in the first quarter as Oregon's Caleb Smith pursues.
(2) USC's R. Jay Soward eludes Oregon defenders as he runs after a reception.
(3) USC quarterback Carson Palmer gets rid of the ball as Oregon defender Caleb Smith closes in. Palmer injured his right shoulder late in the first half and did not return.
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BOX: USC vs. Oregon: A closer look (see text)