Down Goes USC!

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – Jacquizz Rodgers wasn’t around for the
celebration when Oregon State stunned USC two seasons ago.

The freshman running back is now a part of history.

Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns and Lyle Moevao added a pair
of touchdown tosses as Oregon State stunned No. 1 Southern California for
the second time in three years, 27-21, on Thursday night.

USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-10) had given up an average of just 51 yards rushing
through two games only to see Rodgers duck around, run past and shrug off
defenders for over twice that yardage in the first half.

The three-touchdown home underdog Beavers (2-2, 1-1) — a team that was
knocked off by Stanford before getting dominated at nationally-ranked Penn
State — attacked from the beginning kickoff against a Trojans squad fresh off
a bye and a 35-3 rout of Ohio State.

“Everybody knows how our season has gone and what happened at Penn State and
the fact is I thought they learned from that,” said Oregon State head coach
Mike Riley. “Every game is about competing and competition and they came out
and played. It got a little scary there, but they played and they scored. I am
so proud of them.”

Oregon State’s victory was its first over an Associated Press top-ranked team
since a 3-0 victory over running back O.J. Simpson and USC on November 11,
1967. Riley’s father, Bud, was an assistant coach on that Beavers team.


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