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Justin Herbert threw three touchdown passes, rushed for a fourth score, and No. 7-ranked Oregon rolled to a 56-24 win over USC on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Juwan Johnson caught all three of Herbert’s scoring passes, the second of which capped a drive in which Herbert briefly left the game. In a scary moment for the Ducks, the quarterback took a late, low hit and spent several moments on the turf before walking to the sideline under his own power.
Herbert returned and found Johnson on a 15-yard strike.
Herbert completed 21-of-26 passes for 225 yards. Johnson caught seven passes for 106 yards. A 37-yard connection between the two early in the fourth quarter, and backup quarterback Tyler Shough’s 35-yard strike to Mycah Pittman capped a 35-point Ducks deluge that began just before halftime.
Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12 Conference) erased an early 10-0 deficit with Herbert’s 10-yard touchdown run, a 2-yard scoring rush from Jaylon Redd, and Brady Breeze’s 32-yard pick-six of USC quarterback Kedon Slovis.
USC (5-4, 4-2) drove 74 yards in the next 1:56, capped by Slovis’ 13-yard pass to Michael Pittman Jr. (Mycah’s brother), which cut the Oregon lead to 21-17. But Mykael Wright took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and it was all Ducks from there.
Oregon overcame a sluggish start, which included Herbert throwing just his second interception of the season. The Isaiah Pola-Mao pick set up the Trojans deep in Oregon territory with the chance to go ahead by two touchdowns following Drake London’s 8-yard scoring grab from Slovis, but the Oregon defense limited USC to a field goal.
The Ducks’ defense limited USC to just three yards per play and picked off Slovis three times. Deommodore Lenoir and Verone McKinley III joined Breeze, who also recovered a USC fumble in the red zone during the first half.
Both teams incurred a bevy of penalties. USC was flagged eight times for 92 yards. Oregon was penalized 11 times for 157 yards.
—Field Level Media