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OTD: USC shuts out the Ducks

It wasn’t pretty last year, but the USC – Oregon game on this date back in 1976 was a thing of beauty for Trojan fans.

Sept. 18, 1976

USC was coming off a surprise season-opening loss to Missouri as the Trojans traveled to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Ducks.

Oregon was not a good team that year and they were even worse that day, as USC rolled to a 53-0 win.

USC running back Ricky Bell ran for 1,433 yards in 1976 and he got a chunk of them against Oregon that day. He finished with 193 rushing yards on 32 carries.

But it was the USC defense that stole the show, as Oregon committed 10 turnovers in that game and the Ducks rushed for just 49 yards.

This marked the first of 15-straight wins for the Trojans, as USC went on to win the Rose Bowl against Michigan that year, and then the first four games of the 1977 season.

The 53-0 score against Oregon remains the largest margin of victory for USC in the series.

Other notable “On This Date” events

Sept. 18 2004

USC’s national championship team of 2004 took a little bit to get going against BYU, but eventually pulled away for a 42-10 win.

USC running backs Reggie Bush (124 yards) and LenDale White (110 yards), but topped 100 yards rushing and each scored a touchdown. The USC defense held BYU to just 27 rushing yards as Terrell Thomas, Darnell Bing and Matt Grootegoed all recorded interceptions for the Trojans.

USC finished with a total yards advantage against BYU of 514 – 221.

Previous “On This Date” entries

Sept. 1 – A Dynasty Begins

Sept. 2 – Woo Pig, Again

Sept. 3 – Woody’s Record

Sept. 4 – Renovated Coliseum sees Morton set a record

Sept. 5 – Barkley with the firsts of many

Sept. 6 – Another USC – Stanford Classic

Sept. 7 – Slovis gets his start

Sept. 8 – Stars are injured in USC’s 1979 opener

Sept. 9 – USC’s legendary 1972 team starts with a bang

Sept. 10 – Welcome to the Pac-12

Sept. 11 – Mizz-who?

Sept. 12 – Turning of the Tide

Sept. 13 – Hipp’s game-winner

Sept. 14 – Penn State turnovers lead to USC upset

Sept. 15 – USC dominates Nebraska on the ground

Sept. 16 – Beaten by the Beavers

Sept. 17 – Lights, camera, action

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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