LOS ANGELES — USC defensive end Nick Figueroa returned with an AC sprain after missing out on last week’s win over Washington State, missing out on the second half of the first two games of the season. In the first trimester, they were used only in certain situations, such as the third and short
Offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie also dressed for the game after skipping Tuesday’s practice due to dehydration. But McKenzie, who played the full second of last weekend’s game right against Washington State, didn’t start against Oregon State as redshirt freshman Jonah Monheim resumed his starting duties.
Monheim made the most of the opportunity before Oregon State 7 and providing a ceiling block for a screen pass to Gary Bryant Jr. on goal. Monheim’s block gave Bryant a chance to reach the end zone and tie the game at 7. -7 8:14 left in the first quarter.
Wide receiver Kyle Ford did not prepare for the game after making his first career touchdown catch against Washington State. Defensive tackle Kobe Pepe and safety Chris Thompson Jr were also among the Trojans who did not dress for the game. Injured quarterback Jackson Dart (knee) was on the side with a large brace on his right knee.
In the first quarter, USC’s run game changed from a two-headed attack to an attack dominated by Texas transfer Keonte Ingram. Ingram got all six carries in the first quarter, taking him for 40 yards, including a 12-yard run. Senior Wawe Malepei’s only first-quarter touch came on a 10-yard pass.
USC receivers didn’t do Caydon Slovis any favors in the first quarter, as all four of his imperfections (including an interception on the first drive) were the result of drops by his goals, including three by Memphis transfer Tehaj Washington.
USC had the advantage of the first five downs in the first quarter via an Oregon State penalty.
Cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart recorded his first interception of the season, making a sideline grab in the end zone to stop an Oregon State drive that reached USC 8.