Monday, October 30, 2006

Daily Cal: USC Loss Leaves Cal Alone in First Place

Oregon State’s Victory Snaps Trojans’ 27-Game Pac-10 Winning Streak Dating Back to 2003

By Brian Bainum

Daily Cal Staff Writer

Back in late July at a press conference, Oregon State football coach Mike Riley claimed anyone could beat anyone in the Pac-10.

Riley and the Beavers made those words—normally a coaching cliche—a reality Saturday, when they beat heavily favored USC 33-31, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.  OSU (5-3, 3-2 in the conference) jumped out to a 33-10 lead in the third quarter, and then held back a fierce rally by the Trojans (6-1, 4-1), clinching the game with 0:07 left when Beavers defensive lineman Jeff Van Orsow batted down USC quarterback John David Booty’s pass attempt on a two-point conversion.

The loss snapped the Trojans’ conference-record 27-game winning streak in the Pac-10. USC hadn’t lost to a conference foe since Sept. 27, 2003, when it fell at Memorial Stadium in three overtimes to Cal, 34-31.  The Trojans’ defeat puts the Bears (7-1, 5-0) alone in first place in the Pac-10, one game ahead of USC, a game and a half ahead of Washington State and two games clear of both OSU and Oregon.  “I didn’t pay much attention to that game, but I guess it does show (parity in the conference),” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Trojans came on to the field knowing they would win this one. "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." Oregon knew coming onto the field that the Trojans had escaped by the skin off their teeth in the previous weeks. I think the Beavers came onto the field knowing they had a good chance at damming the Trojan's season.