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."
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.