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Pac 10: Trojans turn it on after half vs. Ducks

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. - Matt Leinart threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and top-ranked Southern California trailed early but took over in the second half Saturday to beat No. 24 Oregon 45-13, the Trojans' 25th straight victory.

The Ducks took an early 13-0 lead and clung to a 13-10 halftime advantage, but the Trojans scored 35 in a row in the second half.

Leinart, who was completing 75 percent of his passes (36-of-48) going in, was 12-of-25 in the first half against the Ducks. But the Heisman Trophy winner finished 23-of-39 with an interception.

Reggie Bush caught a score and ran for another for the two-time defending national champions, who have been No. 1 for a record 22 straight AP polls. He finished with 20 carries for 122 yards and three catches for 43 yards.

Dewayne Jarrett added eight catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. LenDale White ran for 111 yards and two scores as the USC offense continued to look unstoppable after a few early gaffes.

Kellen Clemens made 15 of 30 passes for 168 yards and one TD for Oregon. In 155 attempts this season, he has yet to throw an interception.

Paul Martinez kicked a 37-yard field goal to put the Ducks ahead 3-0 early, thrilling the record Autzen Stadium crowd of 59,129.

On USC's subsequent possession, Leinart's pass intended for Jarrett was intercepted by Aaron Gipson in the end zone and returned 38 yards. Oregon capitalized with Clemens' 36-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Williams.

Martinez added a 48-yarder to make it 13-0 before the Trojans got going with Leinart's 19-yard scoring pass to Bush. Mario Danelo kicked a 36-yard field goal to narrow it to 13-10 at halftime.

USC took over early in the second half with Leinart's 11-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett. Oregon's offense and defense stalled, and the Trojans scored again on White's 1-yard plow.

Despite two stubborn Oregon defenders, Jarrett pulled down a 6-yard pass from Leinart in the end zone to make it 31-13. Jarrett has 20 touchdowns in 16 games.

Oregon appeared to score on Cameron Colvin's 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter. But the play was called back when officials penalized the Ducks for Terrell Jackson's below-the-knees block, even though it appeared to occur after Colvin crossed the goal line.

The crowd that hadn't begun to stream out of the stadium booed when Bush scored on an 11-yard run to give the Trojans a 38-13 lead with 8:12 left. White ran in a 2-yarder for the final margin.

USC has scored 178 in three games.

No. 16 Notre Dame 36, Washington 17

SEATTLE - Charlie Weis led the Fighting Irish to a romp over the Huskies similar to what Tyrone Willingham did a year ago when he was coaching. This time, Willingham was beaten by the players he recruited.

A year after Notre Dame won 38-3 in South Bend, Ind., the Irish did virtually the same against their former coach on a sunny afternoon before 71,473 in Husky Stadium. Notre Dame is 6-0 against Washington.

Quarterback Brady Quinn, who threw four touchdowns in last season's game, threw one this time but compiled 327 yards passing in a more balanced attack that saw sophomore halfback Darius Walker rush for a career-high 128 yards on 21 carries. Walker became the first Notre Dame running back to rush for more than 100 yards in his first four games.

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