(USC) falls to the Oregon State (OSU) Beavers
The college football world was turned upside down last night
as the #1 USC Trojans laid an egg against the unranked Oregon State Beavers
27-21. Even with the week off, the
Trojans were not ready for the Beavers as USC committed costly (i.e. dumb) penalties,
executed poor tackling and had unforgivable turnovers allowing Oregon State
of build a 21-0 halftime lead.
By Pete Quint
Mark Sanchez looked like he was going to get things turned
around when with 4:00 to play in the third the Trojans pulled to within a
touchdown, 21-14. The Beavers stuck to
their game play and rode the back of emerging running back Jacquizz
Rodgers. Rodgers ran for 186 yards on
the night as the USC defense had no answer for the freshman.
After capitalizing on a fourth quarter interception, the
beavers increased their lead to 27-14 (missed PAT) the Trojans marched down the
field and scored making it 27-21 with a minute to go. The ensuing USC onside kick was recovered by Oregon State
and the fans stormed the field as the Beavers celebrated their second victory
over the Trojans in the last three years.
What does this mean for Ohio State
fans? It means that the door to the
national championship is still wide open.
USC won’t drop out of the top ten and the Bucks likely won’t move up
much even after a win on Saturday but the shake up at the top leaves the door
wide open for anyone to take it. Since
the SEC will beat up on each other and won’t have a team with less than two
losses, the ACC is embarrassingly bad and the Big East has proven to be a
disappointment this season, the national championship game will be between a
PAC 10, Big Ten or a Big 12 team. In all
likelihood, that will equate to USC, Ohio
State or Oklahoma.
The USC loss also helps BYU get into the picture. The non-BSC school has a great shot of going
undefeated and USC’s loss might be enough of a crack for the Cougars to squeeze
into the national championship game.
Wild and Wacky
Could we have another crazy mixed-up wild and wacky college
football season? Get ready because it’s
far from over.