Tis Tough: USC Tricks Off Natty…Again
Oregon redshirt freshmen running back LaMichael James has been rolling since LaGarrette Blount’s departure. Saturday night was no different as James paced the Ducks with a career-high 183 rush yds and TD as they shat all over #5 USC’s life 47-20, effectively ending the Trojans national championship hopes.
However, the impressive win does give the Ducks a legitimate title shot, considering their only loss is to #7 Boise State. The Ducks 47 points were the most that USC has allowed in Pete Carroll’s tenure and the 27-point margin of defeat was also a record. That has to be worth something to both the human and heartless computer vote. Sadly, the win also helps Boise State, even though the Broncos haven’t played a respectable game since beating Oregon in their home opener.
James, alreayd has 918 yards so far this season and is on pace to demolish the Ducks rookie rushing record (968). LMJ may be the best thing to happen to Oregon since including five 100+ yard performances this season. James’ success doesn’t bode well for Blount, who should be allowed to play next Saturday.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli also got in the Trojans ass like a wedgie, throwing for 222 yards with a TD and also rushing for 164 yards and another score. The Ducks continue to look impressive but could very well suffer a hangover after this huge win and trick off their game against the squares at Stanford, who are currently third in the Pac-10
USC’s 2nd conference loss of the season also means they will not be making a trip back to the Rose Bowl and will instead wander towards the pit of Bowl turd, like Salim in Slumdog Millionare. The Trojans can still finish their season with some dignity and any time a 2 loss season is considered a failure, you know your program is the real deal. The Trojans still have #20 Arizona on the schedule, but considering the Wildcats still have to play Oregon and Cal before the meeting, odds are they won’t be in the Top 25 by December 5.