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Trojans Come From Behind Against Beavers

POSTED: 2:12 am EST November 7, 2004
UPDATED: 10:37 am EST November 7, 2004

Dominique Byrd caught two touchdown passes and Reggie Bush returned a punt 65 yards for a score, as the top-ranked Southern California Trojans came from behind against the Beavers of Oregon State to post a 28-20 victory.

Byrd hauled in seven catches for 85 yards and LenDale White rushed for 116 yards and a score for Southern California (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10). The Trojans have torn up the Beavers over the years, to the tune of a 57-8-4 lead in the all- time series. Southern California has won 18 consecutive games overall, 13 in a row in the Pac-10 and 10 straight in the visitor's role.

Oregon State (4-5, 3-3) jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Alexis Serna nailed a pair of first quarter field goals, and Derek Anderson hit Marcel Love on an eight- yard scoring toss with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

But the Trojans found the scoreboard with just over four minutes left in the first half. Matt Leinart capped a five-play, 77-yard drive by hitting Byrd on an 18-yard scoring toss. Byrd extended and made a nice one-handed catch on the play.

Southern California took its first lead with 12:14 left in the third quarter, as Byrd took it in again, this time for a 25-yard score.

In the fourth, Oregon State elected to punt to Bush for the first time all game and it backfired, as he scampered 65 yards to the end zone to up the advantage to 21-13. White scored on a five-yard run with just over seven minutes left to push the Trojans' lead to 28-13.

Anderson, who threw for 330 yards, connected with Josh Hawkins on a 36-yard scoring toss with 2:36 left in the fourth to account for the 28-20 final score.

Leinart finished with 17 completions on 31 attempts for 205 yards.

Anderson's TD pass with 2 1/2 minutes left was the first touchdown the Trojans have given up in the fourth quarter all season.

Bush added 88 yards rushing on 11 carries.

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