USC 38, Oregon 3520 Nov 2011 / Paul Epps
We’re here to ruin your season. — Matt Kalil
The Ducks were 15-point favorites at home — 21-game home winning streak, 19-game conference winning streak . . . the Men of Troy haven’t had the speed to play with these guys the last couple of years but this year they do.
It looked like the Trojans had fumbled the game away with 2:54 left, up 3 on the Duck 15-yard line — a blown handoff between a fifth-year senior (Marc Tyler) and a Heisman Trophy candidate (Matt Barkley). Oregon had already scored two fourth quarter touchdowns and the Trojan defense was tired.
Ironically, the up-tempo Duck offense ran out of time. They never called timeout — they had all three available — as the clock ticked down between every play and they wound up having to send out their lousy kicker (60 percent, career long 40 yards) to try a game-tying 37-yard field goal with five seconds left.
Which he missed.
He may be the only weak link on that team. If you win every game in a blowout, you don’t need a good kicker but they needed one last night and he wasn’t there.
- Missed FG spoils Oregon’s comeback vs. USC (sports.espn.go.com)