EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. had a bit of added inspiration Saturday vs. USC.
"I was a big USC fan growing up, being from that area," said the senior, who even has an interlocking S and C tattooed on his arm. "It's an awesome feeling."
Adams threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns — the most ever for an opposing quarterback against USC — and the No. 23 Ducks downed the No. 22 Trojans 48-28.
Adams' touchdowns tied him for the most thrown in a single game by an Oregon quarterback. And they each went to a different receiver.
"Honestly, I was trying to get everyone," he said with a smile.
The Ducks (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) have not dropped a game since Adams returned from a finger injury he sustained in the season opener against Eastern Washington. It was the third game since coming back that he's thrown for 300 or more yards and at least four scores.
Royce Freeman rushed for 147 yards. He's now gone over 100 yards in seven straight games for the Ducks.
The Trojans (7-4, 5-3) were still vying for a spot in the conference championship game. Because of UCLA's 17-9 victory over No. 18 Utah on Saturday, the rivalry game between USC and the Bruins next week will decide the Pac-12 South.