It's been 31 years since Oregon State's storied Giant Killers toppled mighty USC. So the current Beavers might look to more recent history while they ponder next week's game.

It's been 31 years since Oregon State's storied Giant Killers toppled mighty USC. So the current Beavers might look to more recent history while they ponder next week's game.

For instance, there was 2006, when Oregon State beat the third-ranked Trojans 33-31, ending USC's 38-game regular-season winning streak. At that point, USC was the highest-ranked team taken down by the Beavers since the Giant Killers beat the No. 1 Trojans 3-0.

On Thursday, the top-ranked Trojans return to Corvallis for the first time since the 2006 loss. Like the Beavers, they are off this weekend.

The game two years ago was marked by its tense final moments.

USC quarterback John David Booty found Steve Smith in the end zone for a 2-yard score to make it 33-31.

With 7 seconds remaining, the game came down to the two-point conversion, with Oregon State's Jeff Van Orsow batting down Booty's pass to seal the win.

USC had won a record 27-straight Pac-10 games and 18-straight road games.

Coach Mike Riley said that game can show the current Beavers that no team is infallible.

"The one thing it does bring us is that we took advantage of an opportunity. We have some guys here, and so they understand that, that's we have to do here. It's a daunting task, but a great opportunity," Riley said.

"As we say, it's not always the best team that wins but the team that plays the best that day. So hopefully we can play whatever our perfect game is and take advantage of an opportunity."

Tickets left

As of Wednesday, there were about 4,000 tickets left to the Thursday night game against USC.

Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has also asked fans to "Orange Out" Reser Stadium by wearing orange to the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN.

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KAHUT STATUS:

Oregon State place kicker Justin Kahut was hurting Saturday against Hawaii, as evidenced by the fact that he missed three field goals.

Turns out he has a hip flexor and a strained posterior muscle.

He told The Oregonian newspaper that because of the pain, he was thrown off his attempts against Hawaii.

"I can't remember the last time I've hit so many balls that poorly," he said.

Coach Mike Riley said if Kahut is kicking again by Saturday, he should be ready to go against USC next Thursday.

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THOMPSON UPDATE:

Oregon State offensive tackle Tavita Thompson has hired an attorney and hopes to have his year-long suspension reduced.

Thompson was suspended for using over-the-counter diet pills that contained a substance banned by the NCAA. As it stands, he can't return to the Beavers until the Nov. 1 game against Arizona State.

Redshirt freshman Mike Remmers has started at right tackle this season.

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EXTRA POINTS:

With 110 yards rushing in Oregon State's 45-7 victory over Hawaii last Saturday, Jacquizz Rodgers became the school's first true freshman to run for 100 yards in a game since Steven Jackson in 2001 at USC. ... Beavers QB Lyle Moevao is averaging 307.3 passing yards a game, second only in the conference to Arizona's State's Rudy Carpenter, who is averaging 325.