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Trojans in danger of losing control

USC's response after a disappointing loss to Oregon will be a test of character

Updated: October 31, 2010, 4:54 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- There was a moment early in the second half Saturday when USC's fate appeared to be mirroring the weather earlier in the day. Dark storm clouds drifted off and a bright, crisp afternoon sun was shining down on the program.

It was an illusion, though, as so many happy times are with this team nowadays.

That shimmering glimpse -- USC snatching a 32-29 lead on two whiz-bang touchdowns, the top-ranked team on the ropes, the nation transfixed -- unraveled in a sloppy ...

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