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USC holds on against Cougars

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 1, 2006


PULLMAN, Wash. - With All-America Dwayne Jarrett out, Southern California's other receiver was happy to pick up the slack.

"I knew it was my time," Steve Smith said.

The often-overlooked senior had a career-high 11 catches for 186 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and the No. 3 Trojans survived a scare from Washington State with a 28-22 win Saturday.

"We are glad to get out of here," coach Pete Carroll said after his team extended its school record for consecutive road wins to 18.

USC won for the 49th time in 51 games since its last loss outside California, in overtime to Washington State on Oct. 5, 2002, in Pullman.

The Trojans' only losses in that span were at California in 2003 and to Texas in January's Rose Bowl.

Smith had just 12 catches through three games. But that was before Jarrett stayed home with a strained shoulder he injured in last week's win at Arizona.

Smith continually converted key third- and fourth-down plays while getting hit by the charged up Cougars' defense.

But this one wasn't nearly so easy. The Cougars nearly rallied to steal their first home win over a Top 5 team since they beat No. 5 Washington in 1982. They got to the USC 38 and then spiked the ball with three seconds left. But Alex Brink's final heave was intercepted by Taylor Mays at the 4.

USC's John David Booty was 23-for-32 for 269 yards passing and three touchdowns.

No. 14 Oregon 48, Arizona State 13

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon used a balanced attack and a relentless defense to crush Arizona State. Dennis Dixon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards and Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks recorded six sacks and limited Arizona State to 175 yards.

It was Oregon's first game since the officials erroneously awarded the Ducks possession of an onside kick in a 34-33 victory over Oklahoma on Sept. 16 - a mistake that resulted in Pac-10 suspensions of on-field officials and two replay officials.

The Ducks' win sets up a Top 25 showdown with California on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.

No. 20 California 41, Oregon State 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Nate Longshore threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Marshawn Lynch, for the visiting Bears.

Lynch finished with three touchdowns for the Bears, running 15 yards for another score.

Longshore's 39-yard touchdown pass to Lavelle Hawkins gave Cal the early lead. Before the first quarter was over, Longshore found DeSean Jackson with a 27-yard scoring pass and Lynch's TD run made it 21-0.

Lynch had his second TD reception of the season, a 27-yard pass from Longshore.