LOS ANGELES, CA. – Saturday evening, the Oregon offense showed what it can do when its starters play the whole game. Kenjon Barner rushed for a school record 321 yards and scored five times as the Ducks outpaced USC 62-51.
The Ducks jumped out to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter after Barner’s first of five scores. Big plays kept the Trojans in the game, though, as Matt Barkley connected on touchdowns of 75 and 76 yards in the second quarter to cut the lead to 34-24 at the half.
USC got even closer when Silas Redd scored early in the third to make it a three point game. But the Trojans defense had no answer for the Ducks’ high powered attack. USC and Oregon traded scores in the third, with the Ducks scoring on a 10 yard run by Barner and a 36 yard pass to Josh Huff
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota had one of his best games of the season, throwing for 306 yards on 20-23 passing and four touchdowns. Mariota also ran for 91 yards in the contest.
The Ducks extended their lead to 17 on Barner’s fourth touchdown run early in the third. Oregon would lead by double digits for the rest of the game. Oregon improves to 9-0 with the win with a game at Cal next week.