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2010 Game #11: USC at Oregon State

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Here are 5 ways to keep the winning streak alive...

1.) Avoid the Trap

Two bad practices and one great one adds up to...  "The way you practice is the way you play," says Stanley Havili.  Coming off a big win against Arizona and awaiting the rivalry games the next two weeks, the Trojans cannot overlook Oregon State.  Remember 2006 and remember 2008, send the seniors out winners in the Beaver State.

2.) Grip It and Rip It

Turnover margin was the difference in the two previous upsets in Corvallis.  USC was a combined -6 in those games.  Last week, forced turnovers sparked the Trojans' offense to 10 points and a win.  The Beavers don't give it up much, so the emphasis will be on Matt Barkley and Marc Tyler to value the pigskin on a wet and cold night.

3.) Full Speed

While both running games are expected to set the tempo, the Trojans would love to rediscover the deep ball that led to so much offensive success early in the season.  Robert Woods and Ronald Johnson are fully healthy, so if the power run game can suck the Beavers up to the line of scrimmage, Barkley can launch it over the top to his burners.

4.) Pop Quizz

Without James Rodgers, USC's defense should load the box against his brother Jacquizz.  With T.J. McDonald as the extra defender, they can plug every gap defensively, so the little back cannot squirt through.  Like playing against the option, Trojan tacklers need to stay disciplined against the zone blocking scheme.  If they corral Quizz, Oregon State does not have the horses to stretch the field vertically.

5.) Pack Smartly

When USC goes on the road, Lane Kiffin likes to say, "You better pack your defense and you better pack your running game."  They both made the trip to Tuscon and they only have one true road game left.  For whatever reason, the Trojans have played better away from home this season.  On a rainy, ugly Oregon night, the big fellas up front will likely decide it.  Kris O'Dowd and Co. must keep Stephen Paea out of the backfield, while Jurrell Casey and friends need to dominate a struggling Beavers line. 

Casey's penetration could be the answer to the Quizz.  (Photo by Jon SooHoo)
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