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Oregon St. brings down USC

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 29, 2006


CORVALLIS, Ore. - Until Oregon State's fans descended onto the field in droves, the third-ranked Southern California Trojans believed they were headed for another victory.

Southern California couldn't find a way to win this close game.

Oregon State capitalized on four turnovers to upset the Trojans 33-31 on Saturday, snapping USC's 27-game Pac-10 winning streak and throwing the national title race wide open.

USC had won 18 straight road games. But the Trojans had shown cracks in their last three games, each a victory by seven points or fewer.

Against the Beavers, they couldn't escape, falling behind early and coming up one play short in the end.

John David Booty's 2-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith with seven seconds left made the score 33-31. But Oregon State's Jeff Van Orsow batted down another pass by Booty on the two-point try to preserve the lead.

"I loved the comeback, but we aren't patting ourselves on the back," coach Pete Carroll said. "We thought we were going to win all the way until we didn't."

USC started the day as one of seven unbeaten teams in the country. Now there are six.

Carroll insisted the Trojans should not be counted out.

"You never know. To think that would be a mistake," he said. "It just gets harder. It depends on how we'll finish so we'll see what happens."

Oregon State fans celebrated wildly in the second half when Matt Moore hit Joe Newton with a 9-yard scoring pass and Sammie Stroughter ran a punt back 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Beavers a 30-10 lead.

USC, which was coming off an open week that allowed All-American Dwayne Jarrett and fellow receiver Smith to heal injuries, came back with Booty's 4-yard scoring pass to Fred Davis to close out the third quarter.

Booty then found Smith in the end zone, and Chauncey Washington ran in the two-point conversion to narrow it to 33-25 with 12:09 left.

After Alexis Serna's 47-yard field goal went wide left, USC got one more shot, but it wasn't enough.

USC hadn't lost a regular-season or Pac-10 game since falling 34-31 to California in three overtimes on Sept. 27, 2003. The Trojans had won 38 consecutive regular-season games since.

Booty was 24-for-39 passing for 406 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Smith caught 11 passes for 258 yards.

Moore completed 21 of 32 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, while Stroughter caught eight passes for 127 yards.

Mario Danelo kicked a 29-yard field goal for USC to make it to 16-10 at halftime. Then Oregon State scored 17 straight, making it 33-10 on Serna's 20-yarder.

No. 25 Oregon 55, Portland State 12

EUGENE, Ore. - Reserve Jeremiah Johnson ran for 90 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oregon over Division I-AA Portland State.

Johnson had scoring runs of 1, 6 and 1 yards in the first half to help the Ducks overcome an early surge from the Vikings.

Portland State's Mu'Ammar Ali kept it close, rushing for 127 yards in the first half, including a 57-yard TD run to bring the Vikings within 21-12 early in the second quarter.

Arizona State 26, Washington 23: Rudy Carpenter threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brent Miller on Arizona State's second play of overtime as the Sun Devils beat Washington in the first overtime game in Husky Stadium history.

Washington State 37, UCLA 15: Alex Brink passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns, as visiting Washington State handed the Bruins their third straight loss. Brandon Gibson caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.