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USC vs Oregon: What We Learned

What did we learn from USC’s 45-20 victory over Oregon

NCAA Football: Oregon at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC defeated the Oregon Ducks 45-20. Before the Trojans head to Seattle for a tough game against the Huskies, Let's look back to see what we learned about USC.

Penalties continue to be an issue: USC was pegged with 13 Penalties for 129 yards against Oregon last week. While this has been a season long issue, the Trojans STILL managed to win 5 games. USC can get away with Penalties against Oregon and Cal, however with Washington coming up, that's something they must clean up.

Running Game Still has Life: Since Justin Davis went down with an ankle injury during the Colorado game, the USC run game has continued to roll. Ronald Jones II has managed to pick up and do outstanding things for the Trojans. Last week he rushed for 171 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win against Oregon. Helton preached about the running game and during this winning streak it has done wonders. USC has gone out and proven that the running game can be a deadly part of their offense. They’ll have a huge test against a stout Huskies defense.

Defense has improved: The defense continues to improve game by game. Clancy Pendergast, who was criticized earlier in the year, has managed to dial up game plans to shut down some of the Pac-12’s most explosive offenses. Last week the Trojans defense held Oregon’s rush offense to only 85 yards. Keep in mind that Oregon averages 248 yards per game on the ground. The defense improved on stopping the run and getting pressure on the quarterback, which were two things the defense had issues doing at the start of the season.

Michael Pittman is outstanding: USC has another redshirt freshman to be excited about. Wide receiver Michael Pittman stood out in last weeks game against Oregon racking up 6 receptions for 61 yards. Pittman is one of the young receivers that has stepped up in Steven Mitchell Jr’s spot in the slot. Pittman gives USC a good glimpse into the future with their receiving core.