USC vs. Oregon State: Five Things We Learned

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Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Javorious Allen (37) is defended by Oregon State Beavers linebacker Caleb Saulo (35) on a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Javorious Allen (37) is defended by Oregon State Beavers linebacker Caleb Saulo (35) on a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1) Allen Makes Three

Buck Allen isn’t letting his chance go to waste. With a season-ending injury to Justin Davis and a knock keeping Tre Madden off the field, most of the carries in support of Silas Redd on Friday fell to Allen. He responded by cashing out his 16 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

The three scores showed off Allen’s ability to make perfectly-timed cuts, accelerate past defenders or through a hole and finish off a run by fighting through contact into the endzone. They also proved that Allen deserves more than the three-and-a-half carries he’s been averaging in games this season. When Tre Madden is fully healthy, the Trojans are no longer looking at a running back duo, but a trio.

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