Oregon let USC know it owns Los Angeles and will for years


Storming L.A. was the tradition with Chip Kelly calling plays from Oregon's sideline.

Now with Mario Cristobal wearing the headset, the Ducks (4-2) have changed their tune as quarterback Tyler Shough elegantly stated after winning the Pac-12 Championship on USC's home field.

"Oh [my teammates] love it man," Shough said when asked how the California-native Ducks feel about winning in their home state.

"They love to say they come back home to L.A. and we own it just because this is a statement game for a lot of them, coming back home."

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Much of the recruiting hoopla around USC this cycle was about "Taking Back the West," with the promotion of the hashtag #TakeBacktheWest to entice players to enroll in Los Angeles. 

This happened after Oregon, not USC, had secured a commitment from the highest ranked recruit in California for two years in a row. Both players, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe, both held USC offers. 

Well, the Trojans had that chance hosting the youngest roster in FBS football in a 3-2 Oregon team on Friday and got outplayed from the jump, losing 31-24 in Los Angeles.  

Oh yeah, that Oregon team fielded the youngest roster in the country and will only grow together as time moves on. The Ducks won the Pac-12 again in a "down year" and will only get better. 


While USC sulked in the locker room with its perfect season ruined, L.A. native Kayvon Thibodeaux stated he feels winning the Pac-12 is business as usual for Oregon. That's the state of the Ducks program in Year-3 of Mario Cristobal as head coach.

“If I want to be honest, it feels like we supposed to do this," said the Pac-12 Championship MVP. "I couldn’t even tell you that I was excited that we won or couldn’t tell you I didn’t expect it, it’s just when we come to play, we come to play. We left it all on the field."

After the then-undefated Trojans lost the Pac-12 at home to the hands of Oregon, many current, past and future Ducks took the time to clown USC for their #TakeBackTheWest campaign.

For Oregon, Friday was business as usual but two birds were killed with one stone: winning the Pac-12 and winning in Los Angeles.

Expect that to continue.