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USC Trojans Football 2015: Oregon Ducks defeat USC 48-28

The USC Trojans looked pedestrian as the Ducks cruised to victory.

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon Ducks victory may have decided Clay Helton's future with the USC Trojans. And, it's not looking good for him.

The Oregon Ducks beat the Trojans 48 to 28. Vernon Adams threw six touchdown passes against USC. No quarterback had done that until ever until today. While Adams made history, Cody Kessler didn't look like a fifth year senior. He made critical mistakes.

It seemed like the Trojans came into the game planning to throw the ball against Oregon's weak secondary. The strategy failed miserably from the beginning. Kessler started things off by throwing three consecutive incompletions. Incompletions and defensive issues where the story of the first quarter. Things didn't pick up until safety Chris Hawkins intercepted an end zone pass by Oregon's Adams.

Overall, the first half was plagued by defensive woes and the only relief with the start of the third quarter, which ended up being the high point of the game for USC. The Trojans started the second half looking like a completely different team. But, it didn't last long.

Chad Wheeler and Zach Banner's back to back false starts were the beginning of the end. Wheeler also received a really badly timed unsportsmanlike call for shoving one of the Ducks.

Good moments came from Justin Davis, who rushed for 141 yards in 16 carries. While Adoree Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster played with hearts as big as Phil Knight's donations to Oregon's program. Porter Gustin also made a big tackle in the fourth.

Penalties were also an issue. The Trojans had 12 penalties for 124 yards while the Ducks only had four for 42 yards.

With only five minutes left in the fourth, the Trojans showed a bit of life. However, they were down 20. Things were really over when Kessler was sacked on 4th down by Joe Walker. It was his 15th tackle of the game if you were wondering if USC's defense picked up at any point.

The UCLA Bruins knocked off Utah Utes, however, so the Trojans are still alive in the Pac-12 South race.