Oregon Vs. USC Final Score: Ducks Comeback Falls Short

Though the Oregon Ducks trailed the USC Trojans by as many as 24 points, the critical Pac-12 (and BCS!) battle game down to the final minute. The Ducks had a lot of ground to travel and needed three points to tie. With just under a minute to go, Oregon secured a first down in (long) field goal territory.

Oregon had three time outs, but chose to play at ... well, a pretty normal pace for them. In fact, USC was the first to blink and call for a stoppage.

Kenjon Barner neared a first down on the next play, then picked it up on second down to reach the outskirts of Oregon's field goal range. Darron Thomas threw out of bounds to leave the Ducks with three time outs and 14 seconds left. A screen to Lavasier Tuinei was stuffed, leading to a time out with seven ticks to go.

It would've been a 37-yard field goal, seven yards beyond Alejandro Maldonado's long, but an Oregon false start made it a 42-yard attempt. USC was kind enough to jump offsides, but no matter -- the ball sailed wide left. Trojans win, 38-35, and Oregon's the next to suffer the wrath of Lee Corso's F--- It Saturday.

For more on this game, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles and Oregon blog Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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