Postgame Breakdown: USC drops second straight

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FOX Sports West writer Rahshaun Haylock joins SCPlaybook.com to breakdown what went wrong in USC's 62-51 loss to Oregon.

No knockout strike
USC Coach Lane Kiffin told his team before its game against Oregon that it would be a "heavy weight championship fight" with each team trading blows.

It only took Oregon 1:05 to deliver the first one, 3:18 the next, followed by 2:18 and 3:10.

They were blows the USC offense couldn't match and couldn't catch up with.

Oregon collected 730 all-purpose yards against the Trojans, the most allowed in the history of USC football, and they accomplished the feat in only the third quarter of the game – flying past Notre Dame's previous record at 623 yards. A record held since 1946.

Even as USC pulled within three a couple of times throughout the game, the lead never seemed to be within reach as the Ducks continued to score at will.

"You have to stop them," Kiffin said after the game. "You can't play someone expecting to score every time."

Turnovers widened first half gap
USC's three turnovers all came in the first half and provided a cushion for the Ducks that couldn't be eliminated in the second half despite a relentless Trojan effort.

Matt Barkley threw two first-half interceptions, his ninth and 10th of the season.

The Cardinal and Gold had the chance to pull within three going into halftime, which easily could have setup a second half comeback with the Trojans receiving the ball after the break. But a Marqise Lee fumble ended the scoring drive and effectively kept USC down the rest of the game.

"I felt like we had to play perfect on offense and score every drive," Barkley said after the game. "Those three drives weren't productive, it came back to hurt us."

Barner burns
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was a one-man wrecking crew against the Trojans, rushing for 325 yards on 38 carries and five touchdowns.

The Heisman-worthy numbers set a new USC opponent record for most rushing yards in game.

"He's a warrior," Oregon Coach Chip Kelly said of Barner. "He's had an unbelievable impact on this team. Offensively, there's not many senior on this team. We're young on the offensive line and at receiver, have a freshman quarterback. He's the one leader of the group and he's really embraced that role and our guys follow him."

Silver lining
For the first time this season, penalties weren't a problem for USC.

Ranked last in college football for penalties per game and penalty yards per game, the Trojans only drew three penalties for a total of 25-yards.

"I was proud how the kids cleaned up the penalties," Kiffin said. "Three penalties for 25 yards, obviously that's a big (improvement) of where we've been at."

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