Instant Analysis: USC 38, Oregon 35

Player of the Game

Matt Barkley. The Trojans had to hang on at the end, but the reason they had such a big cushion to withstand Oregon's assault was the terrific play from Barkley. He ended up hitting 26 of 34 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. It was a statement win for Barkley at USC and one that cements him as one of the truly elite quarterbacks in the country.

Unsung heroes

The USC defensive line did a great job for most of the night of controlling the line of scrimmage and not allowing the Ducks offense to get on track. They tired somewhat at the end, but made enough big plays to make the difference in the game. Nick Perry had four tackles – including two for loss – and a forced fumble. George Uko was a presence all night and the freshman is to be commended. He ended the night with three tackles and a forced fumble.

Stat of the Night

Time of possession. USC held the ball for 36:27, which meant that Oregon's powerful offense only had 23:23 with the ball. That kept the Oregon off the field for much of the game and prevented it from reaching its usual production. The Ducks were held 12 points below their 47 points per game average while LaMichael James, with 74 yards, gained less than half of his 150 yards per game total coming in.

What USC learned in this game

The familiar feeling of a big-time win. This was a huge victory on the road against a team that was clicking on all cylinders and playing for a shot at the national title game. When all was said and done, the Trojans found a way to get the job done and come away with the victory.

What Oregon learned in this game

That the Trojans are back as a legitimate contender for the top of the Pac-12 mountain. Give credit to the Ducks for mounting a comeback at the end like championship teams do, but they felt the sting of a huge loss at home with so much at stake for their program.