USC Football: What Arizona Means For Oregon

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Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats cornerback Derrick Rainey (17) misses a tackle on USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) as he scores a 49 yard touchdown during the first half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Against Arizona: Marqise Lee had a monumental day. His 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns put his name in the record books and kept USC in the game. He added a 72 yard punt return to set up a late Trojan touchdown and nearly came down with what could have been the game-winning Hail Mary pass.

What that means for Oregon: No one fought harder to get out of the desert with a victory. Lee’s performance was the epitome of the Trojan spirit. That it came in a losing effort makes that comparison all the more poignant. No less heart-breaking, but certainly fitting.

If Lane Kiffin wants to inspire his team to pick themselves up and come back stronger against Oregon, he need only point to #9. Give of yourself like Marqise, who ran himself so ragged that he needed an IV at the half. Fight to the bitter end like Marqise, who refused to back down and willed the team back from an 11-point deficit with time running out.

Lee is unlikely to put up the same kind of numbers against Oregon, but regardless of his production, the example he set against Arizona could have real impact against Oregon. His level of fighting spirit will need to be present throughout the team in order to beat the Ducks.

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