CORVALLIS, Ore. — Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night.
The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pac-10) also upset USC at Reser Stadium in 2006. Thursday, Oregon State led 21-0 after a late first-half touchdown, and held on.
With USC trailing 21-14 and less than three minutes to play, Mark Sanchez was intercepted by safety Greg Laybourn. His 28-yard return put Oregon State on the 2, and Rodgers ran it in to make it 27-14.
"I'm a small dude. They couldn't find me,'' said Rodgers, 5 feet 7. "The guys up front did a good job. USC is an aggressive team, it gave us a chance to hit some cutbacks.''
Sanchez hit Patrick Turner with a 14-yard scoring pass with 1:19 left, but time ran out on the Trojans (2-1, 0-1). Beavers fans, clad in orange, rushed the field when the clock ran out.
Beavers quarterback Lyle Moevao completed 18 of 26 passes for 167 yards and two scores.
The last time the Trojans were in Corvallis, back in 2006, they were upset by the Beavers 33-31. That loss snapped a 38-game regular-season winning streak for the Trojans, who were ranked No. 3 at the time.
Rodgers' rushing yards were the most by a Trojans opponent since Vince Young ran for 200 for Texas in the BCS national championship game in 2006
USC tailback Joe McKnight rushed for 10 yards, after gaining 105 yards in a 35-3 victory over Ohio State.
TULANE 34, SMU 27: Kevin Moore passed for three touchdowns and Andre Anderson ran for 219 yards and a touchdown for host Tulane.
Garcia gets his chance, off the bench
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said that Chris Smelley will start again at quarterback but plans to play freshman Stephen Garcia early and often Saturday against UAB.
"He's going to get a chance to play a lot," Spurrier said of Garcia, a former Jefferson standout who was the prized recruit of the 2007 class.
Spurrier wouldn't say how he'll split the duties. He said both have had a good week of practices.
Spurrier has talked up Garcia's chances to play more. Garcia was in for three mostly ineffective plays in a 14-7 loss to Georgia two weeks ago.
The Gamecocks have scored nine TDs, tied for 10th with Tennessee in the SEC.
"I'd just rather play, to be honest," Garcia said after Wednesday's practice. "Start or come off the bench, I just want to play."
Spurrier won't dumb-down his complex schemes for Garcia.
"If he's going to play, he's got to go play and run our offense," Spurrier said. "He should know most all of it."
UCLA: Starting fullback Trevor Theriot, used almost exclusively as a blocker, will have surgery for a torn ligament in his right knee and is out for the season.
SUMMITT SURGERY: Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt had right shoulder surgery Thursday to fix problems caused in March when she chased a raccoon poised to attack her Labrador. She will begin rehab in about a week. Practice begins Oct. 17.
PITT: The contract of men's coach Jamie Dixon was extended three years through the 2015-16 season. He gets a raise from his $1.3-million salary of last season, when he was the university's highest-paid employee.
UCONN: Freshman Nate Miles was charged with violating a restraining order by calling the protected party Monday. A school spokesman said UConn was aware Miles was arrested and would have no comment.
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