Saturday, September 27, 2008

Oregon State beats top-ranked USC 27-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—It had been 41 years since Oregon State knocked off a No. 1 team.

Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers helped the Beavers pull off another stunner—and Southern California was the victim again.

Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Oregon State built a 21-point first-half lead before capitalizing on a late turnover and upsetting the Trojans 27-21 on Thursday night.

Beavers fans, clad in orange, rushed the field when the clock ran out after the 25-point underdogs shook up college football with a victory over the team that was expected to roll right through its conference straight to the national championship game.

“I think we made a statement, like we can come out and beat anybody on any given day. It’s not always the best team that wins on a day. It’s who plays hard,” Rodgers said.

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