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USC bowl-eligible after defeating Oregon State
Trojans wins in Corvallis for the first time since 2004.
The Associated Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Javorius Allen ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, Marqise Lee returned from a knee injury and had five catches for 105 yards and a score, and USC beat Oregon State 31-14 on Friday night for the Trojans’ first win in Corvallis since 2004.
Cody Kessler threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and Silas Redd ran for 140 yards for USC, which has won three of its last four games under interim coach Ed Orgeron. With the victory, the Trojans (6-3, 3-2 Pac-12) became bowl eligible.
“Great job of coming into a hostile environment and really never letting it affect us as much as it has in the past,” said Orgeron, who took a turn conducting the USC marching band after the victory.
Oregon State’s Sean Mannion threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three interceptions in the loss, the second straight for the Beavers (6-3, 4-2) after a six-game winning streak.
Two of Mannion’s interceptions came in the red zone, and OSU had a field goal blocked and missed another.
“That’s too much,” coach Mike Riley said of the errors. “You’re not going to overcome that.”
No. 7 Miami faces No. 3 Florida St
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There’s one way to stop the Florida State offense from reaching its average of 52.6 points per game — keep quarterback Jameis Winston and company on the sideline.
That’s the goal for No. 7 Miami when the Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee for a showdown with the No. 3 Seminoles on Saturday.
Most of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of running back Duke Johnson and an offensive line that averages 313 pounds per lineman. Johnson is the No. 1 rusher in FBS, racking up 117.6 yards per game for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference)
“What doesn’t he do well? That’d be easier,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said when asked about Johnson. “We could have a shorter conversation.”
The only team that stayed within 14 points of the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic) was Boston College, which pounded out 200 yards on 45 carries. That was the fourth game of the season and before the Florida State defensive line came to life.
• Carl Pelini’s surprising departure from Florida Atlantic took another turn, when school officials released sworn affidavits from two people — including a member of Pelini’s staff — alleging that the football coach was seen using marijuana and cocaine.
Pelini’s contract specified that if he used “any narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances” he could be subject to firing. Pelini resigned Wednesday after being confronted with the allegations.
• The NCAA ruled Tennessee senior defensive lineman Maurice Couch permanently ineligible following a September report that he received improper benefits.