Halftime Analysis: USC 21, Oregon 7

Best player on the field

Matt Barkley. He’s been on fire tonight (15-18 for 186 yards and three touchdowns) with the only misses coming on dropped passes or strange intentional grounding calls. He’s in complete control of the offense and the Ducks haven’t shown any ability to slow him down.

Best Weapon

Marqise Lee. Not only did Lee grab three catches for 105 yards – including a 59-yard touchdown catch – but he also returned a kickoff to midfield, which led to the third USC score.

Defensive standout

Hayes Pullard. The redshirt freshman leads the Trojans with 11 tackles – including nine solo – and one tackle for loss. His speed is a key example of the improved USC defense, which has held Oregon to a single touchdown.

Turning point

LaMichael James fumble. George Uko reached in and caused a fumble as the Ducks were driving inside the USC 10-yard line with less than a minute to go in the half. USC recovered to preserve the 21-7 lead. Oregon coach Chip Kelly had been trying to call a timeout before the play, but his players nor the officials saw it.