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Gary Klein on USC's upset victory over No. 4 Oregon [Video]

November 20, 2011 | 12:57 am

The Times' Gary Klein talks about USC's dramatic victory over No. 4 Oregon with CineSport's Brian Clark.

According to Klein, there was one prevailing theme among USC players after the game -- the Trojans are back. He also calls it the biggest victory in the USC careers of quarterback Matt Barkley and Coach Lane Kiffin.

Here's some of what Klein wrote for Sunday's paper:

In the end, sanctions-strapped USC whacked the quack out of the Ducks with a heart-stopping 38-35 victory before 59,933 at Autzen Stadium.

"This sends a message to the rest of the country," safety Jawanza Starling said. "USC is back."

Victory was not ensured until Oregon kicker Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds, but that didn't matter to the Trojans, who improved to 9-2 with the biggest win of the Lane Kiffin era.

"This is all about our fans and our players," Kiffin said. "They've been through so much. They've had so much taken away from them. We just keep moving those clouds away."

On a chilly night in the Pacific Northwest, Barkley passed for four touchdowns, receiver Marqise Lee emerged as a national star and the defense and special teams also came up big at times for the Trojans, who were 15-point underdogs and had been O-for-Oregon in their previous five trips to the Beaver State.

But, Klein adds, the Trojans need to beat UCLA next week and finish with 10 wins for this season to be considered a success.

-- Chuck Schilken