CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -Freshman
ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked
Southern California on Thursday night.
The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) also upset USC at Reser Stadium in 2006. This time, Oregon State took a 21-0 lead in the
first half, then capitalized on a late turnover.
's pass was intercepted by safety
on the 30 with less than 3 minutes to play. Laybourn ran the ball back 28 yards to put Oregon State on the 2, and Rodgers
ran 2 yards to make it 27-14.
with a 14-yard scoring pass with 1:19 left, but time ran out on the Trojans (2-1, 0-1). Beavers fans, clad in orange, rushed
the field when the clock ran out.
Oregon State's only other victory over a No. 1 team was a 3-0 win over USC and O.J. Simpson in 1967.
The last time the Trojans were in Corvallis, back in 2006, they were upset by the Beavers, 33-31. That loss snapped a 38-game
regular-season winning streak for the USC, ranked No. 3 at the time.
Rodgers' rushing yards were the most by a Trojans opponent since
ran for 200 for Texas in the BCS national championship game in 2006.
completed 18 of 26 passes for 167 yards and two scores.
rushed for just 10 yards against the Beavers, after gaining 105 yards in the Trojans' 35-3 victory over Ohio State.
Sanchez completed 18 of 29 passes for 227 yards and three scores, with the one crucial interception.
The game opened with drama, as USC safety
was called for a personal foul on Oregon State receiver
on an 8-yard touchdown reception.
Trojans coach Pete Carroll asked that the score be reviewed, because it did not look as if the ball had crossed the line.
The touchdown stood, giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead.
The Beavers more than held their own through the first half, with the Trojans appearing confused about how to handle the 5-foot-7
' younger brother.
, who ran for 117 yards in the first half alone, pushed through the defensive line for a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
His big brother saw the end zone again before halftime. Moevao's pass was nearly intercepted by USC cornerback
, but the ball was tipped into the hands of
to make it 21-0.
finished with six catches for 36 yards and the two scores.
USC answered on its first series of the second half with Sanchez's 26-yard scoring pass to
Sanchez found wide-open receiver Damien Williams, who sprinted down the sideline - and narrowly avoided Laybourn's efforts
to push him out of bounds - to narrow it to 21-14 with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
The Beavers squandered a chance to add to the lead midway through the fourth when they tried for a field goal, but
's 41-yard attempt was blocked.
The Beavers opened this season with two losses, at Stanford and Penn State, before returning home for a victory over Hawaii.
Despite their struggles, the Beavers had seen steady growth on offense and the emergence of
, who went into the game against the Trojans as the nation's leading freshman rusher with 87.7 yards per game.
USC had shown little vulnerability in victories at Virginia and then at home against then-No. 5 Buckeyes. But coach Pete Carroll
noted earlier in the week that the familiarity of Pac-10 play posed a danger.
The Beavers certainly seemed to have the Trojans figured out, holding them to 313 yards total offense.
was USC's leading rusher with 48 yards. Williams had six catches for 94 yards.
USC was without cornerback
, who will miss several games due to a hairline vertebra fracture suffered in the Ohio State game.
Carroll had said Wright was being disciplined after being charged with felony resisting a police officer earlier this month,
but would have played against Oregon State had he been cleared medically.
USC has lost three of its last four games in Corvallis.