Ducks Drop Trojans

I made the drive down to Eugene early in the morning on a beautiful cold, crisp fall day to see the USC Trojans come in to Autzen Stadium to take on the Ducks. The teams were ranked #23 and #24 so it was sure to be a good matchup. Both teams still with an eye at the Pac-12 championship for their respective divisions. Vernon Adams stepped on the gas early and never let off going for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Trojans kept it interesting for most of the game, but just were not able to match the Ducks on this day with Oregon pulling away with a 48-28 victory over the Trojans.

 

The Duck Captains take the field.
The Duck Captains take the field.
The Trojans have a moment before the game starts.
The Trojans have a moment before the game starts.
The Ducks cheerleaders are electrifying!
The Ducks cheerleaders are electrifying!
Tyler Petite is wide open for an easy touchdown grab.
Tyler Petite is wide open for an easy touchdown grab.
USC tailback Ronald Jones gets to the outside for a TD.
USC tailback Ronald Jones gets to the outside for a TD.
Ronald Jones celebrates his score with teammates.
Ronald Jones celebrates his score with teammates.
Oregon Duck fans.
Oregon Duck fans.
JuJu Smith-Schuster battles for this pass ing the end zone with Ugo Amadi. The pass would be incomplete.
JuJu Smith-Schuster battles for this pass ing the end zone with Ugo Amadi. The pass would be incomplete.
Vernon Adams unloads a pass into the shadows.
Vernon Adams unloads a pass into the shadows.
Cody Kessler emerges from the shadows cast by the stadium.
Cody Kessler emerges from the shadows cast by the stadium.
Darreus Rogers spins away from a defender after a catch.
Darreus Rogers spins away from a defender after a catch.
Dares Rogers skies over two Ducks for a touchdown grab.
Dares Rogers skies over two Ducks for a touchdown grab.
Ducks TE Evan Baylis pulls away from the last Trojan defender on his way to the end zone.
Ducks TE Evan Baylis pulls away from the last Trojan defender on his way to the end zone.
Here's a familiar face! Marcus Mariota was on hand for the game with the Titans playing on Thursday.
Here’s a familiar face! Marcus Mariota was on hand for the game with the Titans playing on Thursday.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis breaks free of the defense.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis breaks free of the defense.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis turns towards the goal line.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis turns towards the goal line.
Ducks RB Royce Freeman finds a gap for yardage.
Ducks RB Royce Freeman finds a gap for yardage.
Vernon Adams congratulates his team coming off the field after a scoring drive.
Vernon Adams congratulates his team coming off the field after a scoring drive.
Kani Benoit soaks in cheers from the crowd after a score.
Kani Benoit soaks in cheers from the crowd after a score.
Oregon DL Jalen Jelks brings down Trojan QB Cody Kessler on a sack.
Oregon DL Jalen Jelks brings down Trojan QB Cody Kessler on a sack.
Ronald Jones spins away from the defense.
Ronald Jones spins away from the defense.
Vernon Adams uncorks a pass.
Vernon Adams uncorks a pass.
Dwayne Stanford gets lifted by his teammates after a touchdown.
Dwayne Stanford gets lifted by his teammates after a touchdown.
The line.
The line.
Adoree' Jackson breaks free for a score.
Adoree’ Jackson breaks free for a score.
Ronald Jones gets tripped up by a defender.
Ronald Jones gets tripped up by a defender.
Vernon Adams and Adoree' Jackson chat after the game.
Vernon Adams and Adoree’ Jackson chat after the game.
Autzen Stadium from midfield.
Autzen Stadium from midfield.

Trojans horse around with Cougars

It was a cold, wet and foggy afternoon in Pullman as the USC Trojans rolled into town and thumped the Cougars 44-17. The low light of the game was when  WSU Quarterback Conner Halliday was knocked out of the game with a broken leg that ended his senior season. Halliday was currently the nation’s passing yardage leader. Sad to see his college career end this way. It was also the first trip back to the state of Washington for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian who left the Washington Huskies to take the job with the Trojans.

Adoree' Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Adoree’ Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree' Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin's hand is in his mouth.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin’s hand is in his mouth.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
USC's George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
USC’s George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.

Trojans Trump Dawgs

The 11th ranked Southern Cal Trojans rolled into Seattle on Saturday and rolled over the Huskies 24-14 in front of over 66,000 at CenturyLink Field. The Trojan defense and special teams were the difference in this game causing 4 turnovers.

Huskies QB Keith Price gets this pass off under pressure.
Huskies QB Keith Price gets this pass off under pressure.
Trojans RB Silas Redd gets around Sean Parker on this run.
Trojans RB Silas Redd gets around Sean Parker on this run.
Trojans RB Silas Redd avoids the reach of Sean Parker on this run.
Trojans RB Silas Redd avoids the reach of Sean Parker on this run.
Husky RB Bishop Sankey launches over Trojans LB Hayes Pullard after he makes an interception.
Husky RB Bishop Sankey launches over Trojans LB Hayes Pullard after he makes an interception.
Trojans RB Silas Redd tries to break away from Travis Feeney.
Trojans RB Silas Redd tries to break away from Travis Feeney.
Silas Redd leaps for the pylon for a first quarter touchdown...
Silas Redd leaps for the pylon for a first quarter touchdown…
...and makes it over the line.
…and makes it over the line.
USC QB Matt Barkley gets off a pass.
USC QB Matt Barkley gets off a pass.
Huskies CB Marcus Peters leaps for yards after making an interception.
Huskies CB Marcus Peters leaps for yards after making an interception.
Harry the Husky jumps for joy after this Kasen Williams touchdown catch.
Harry the Husky jumps for joy after this Kasen Williams touchdown catch.
Marquise Lee heads down field after a catch with blockers.
Marquise Lee heads down field after a catch with blockers.
Trojans TE Xavier Grimble hauls in a touchdown pass.
Trojans TE Xavier Grimble hauls in a touchdown pass.
Husky RB Bishop Sankey looks for a hole in the Trojan's defense.
Husky RB Bishop Sankey looks for a hole in the Trojan’s defense.
USC CB Anthony Brown flips the ball to the official after plucking a punt and returning it for a touchdown.
USC CB Anthony Brown flips the ball to the official after plucking a punt and returning it for a touchdown.
Coach Sark leads his team out for the second half.
Coach Sark leads his team out for the second half.
Huskies defenders swarm Nelson Agholor on this play.
Huskies defenders swarm Nelson Agholor on this play.
Sean Parker tries to hang on to Xavier Grimble but is not able to bring him down.
Sean Parker tries to hang on to Xavier Grimble but is not able to bring him down.
Huskies QB Keith Price rolls out looking for a receiver.
Huskies QB Keith Price rolls out looking for a receiver.
Price gets hit hard after releasing this pass by Morgan Breslin.
Price gets hit hard after releasing this pass by Morgan Breslin.
UW TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins pulls down this touchdown pass.
UW TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins pulls down this touchdown pass.
Kendyl Taylor gets uprooted by the Trojan defense.
Kendyl Taylor gets uprooted by the Trojan defense.
Josh Shirley reacts after sacking Matt Barkley.
Josh Shirley reacts after sacking Matt Barkley.
Keith Price fumbles the ball as he is laid out by Dion Bailey.
Keith Price fumbles the ball as he is laid out by Dion Bailey.
Head Coach Lane Kiffin gets a play in to his Quarterback.
Head Coach Lane Kiffin gets a play in to his Quarterback.
Coach Sark congratulates Trojan QB Matt Barkley after the game.
Coach Sark congratulates Trojan QB Matt Barkley after the game.