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Cardinal Football Live: Stanford vs. USC
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/15/2012

Sept. 15, 2012

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Final score: Stanford 21, USC 14

On first down at the 11, USC gained one on a pass and the clock kept running. On second down, Ed Reynolds broke up a pass downfield. Third-and-9 with 2:03 left at the 12. A pass to Robert Woods gained only four yards and USC has a fourth down and 5.

The pass is complete to Marqise Lee, but he is ruled out of bounds. However, the play is being reviewed. It is reversed and USC has a first down with 1:25 left.

With the ball at the 34, Matt Barkley is pressured by Shayne Skov into an incompletion. But on second down, he finds Nelson Agholor for 20-yard gain.

Curtis McNeal is stuffed on first down from the Stanford 46. USC is called for holding and faces a second-and-22 at its 42 with the clock at 48 seconds. Barkley is then sacked by Trent Murphy for a loss of five.

USC calls its last timeout and has a third-and-28 at its own 36 with 43 seconds left. An illegal procedure penalty makes it third-and-33.

Chase Thomas sacks Barkley from the blindside for a seven-yard loss. Fourth and 40. The pass down the right sideline is incomplete, defended by Terrence Brown and Alex Carter.

Stanford takes over on downs with nine seconds left.

Stanford runs out the clock and the fans storm the field.

Fourth quarter (2:44 left): Stanford 21, USC 14

On the ensuing kickoff, Marqise Lee returned it 30 yards, only to be tripped up by kicker Jordan Williamson, one of the few players left with a shot at stopping him.

Two running plays gained three, leaving the Trojans with a third-and-7, but a pass to Lee on a crossing route was incomplete. USC has to punt.

Stanford takes over at its 19 with 8:40 left. Josh Nunes rolled right on second down and found Zach Ertz for 10 yards and a first down.

Stepfan Taylor used a shake-and-bake move to pick up seven and burrowed forward to set up a third-and-1 at its 39. With the defense falling for a fake up the middle to Taylor, Nunes spun and pitched left to Kelsey Young for 11 yards.

Two Taylor runs pick up a total of 14 yards. An illegal procedure penalty backs up Stanford, but the Cardinal is using clock. The ball is at the USC 40. Taylor wiggles for seven and clock continues to run, down toward 3:00.

Taylor is stopped for a loss of one, setting up a third-and-9 at the 34. USC calls timeout with 2:56 left.

Stanford's third-down pass, however, was high for Ertz and Stanford will punt. USC calls for a fair catch at its 11.

Fourth quarter (10:20 left): Stanford 21, USC 14

Stanford immediately falls into a third-and-5 at its own 26. Josh Nunes toss a short pass over the middle to Ty Montgomery for 11 yards, disguising the play by looking off the receiver before the throw.

Stepfan Taylor has become Stanford's offense. He carries twice, the latter for 10 yards and a first down to the 50. Two plays gain zero, creating a third-and-10. Stanford calls its second timeout of the second half.

Nunes evaded the rush by running the ball and evaded three tacklers when it appeared he would be. stopped short of the first down. Instead, he gained 12 yards to the 38.

Two plays later, Nunes found Zach Ertz one on one. Ertz made the catch up the seam and got away from two defenders with help from interference from fellow tight end Luke Kaumatule, resulting in a 37-yard touchdown.

Fourth quarter (14:42 left): Stanford 14, USC 14

During the week, Stanford coach David Shaw said his goal was to have his team in the game going into the fourth quarter. At that point, anything could happen. Shaw has gotten his wish.

A long pass to Randall Telfer appeared to be a catch, but Telfer was hit hard by Jordan Richards as he reached for the pass, knocking the ball loose for an incompletion and USC was forced to punt.

End of third quarter: Stanford 14, USC 14

USC responds with an incompletion and a short pass to Robert Woods. As the third quarter ends, USC faces a third-and-4 at the Stanford 31.

Third quarter (0:10 left): Stanford 14, USC 14

On first down, Josh Mauro sacks Matt Barkley for a five-yard loss. On third-and-15, Barkley's rhythm was disrupted by a Stanford blitz, which resulted in another incompletion. USC must punt.

A short punt gives Stanford possession at the USC 48. Stepfan Taylor carries twice for six and then Josh Nunes finds Zach Ertz for 24 yards.

With the ball at the 18, Stanford is flagged for having 12 men on the field, moving the Cardinal back to the 23. Confusion leads to Stanford's first timeout of the half.

It works. A screen pass to Taylor results in a touchdown on the next play. Taylor broke tackles and juked other defenders as he picked apart the defense. He broke three tackles and carried a tackler into the end zone.

Third quarter (3:14 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

Taking over at its 13, Stanford gets a pair of five-yard runs by Stepfan Taylor to get some breathing room. Out of the Wildcat, Taylor hands off to Ty Montgomery on an end around and it results in an 11-yard loss.

On third and 21, Taylor was stopped after a short gain, but was hit while he was on the ground for a 15-yard personal-foul penalty, giving Stanford a first down at its 35.

Taylor catches a screen pass and turns it into an 18-yard gain up the right sideline. Stanford clearly is leaning on Taylor on this series.

On third-and-4 at the USC 41, a Josh Nunes pass was underthrown to Levine Toilolo and fell incomplete, forcing a Stanford punt, which went into the end zone.

Third quarter (7:30 left): Stanford 14, USC 7

USC takes over and begins to move the ball. Matt Barkley to Marqise Lee picks up 23 yards and, soon after, the Trojans have a first down at the Stanford 28. But Ben Gardner slows the drive with a sack of Barkley for a five-yard loss.

USC bounces back on the next play with pass to Marqise Lee for 17 yards on a crossing route. A Trent Murphy rush forces an incompletion and the Trojans face a third-and-nine from the 20. Barkley hits Robert Woods, but short of a first down.

Will USC attempt another fourth-down conversion? Yes. Barkley rolls right and looks for Soma Vainuku in the end zone, but Ronnie Harris breaks up the play. Stanford ball.

Third quarter (11:30 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

Stanford picks up one first down, but the series doesn't last long and Stanford attempts a 51-yard field goal, which is blocked by T.J. McDonald. It is the third failed field-goal try for the Cardinal in this game.

Third quarter (14:01 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

USC takes the second-half kickoff and takes possession at its 22. After a Curtis McNeal run, McNeal stepped on the head of Stanford's Barry Browning for a personal foul penalty and a net loss of five yards.

Two plays later, USC is forced to punt. The Stanford defense has been spectacular.

Stanford takes over at its 46.

Halftime: USC 14, Stanford 7

Stanford's defense is again on the spot, in an effort to keep the Cardinal close. On third-and-4 from the USC 37, the Trojans throw it into wide right. The pass is too far for Robert Woods and safety Jordan Richards intercepts the ball.

Stanford has it at the 50, but Josh Nunes, under pressure, throws an interception on the next play to linebacker Dion Bailey.

On the next play, Terrence Brown intercepts the ball for Stanford. Three plays, three !

With 1:10 left, Stanford takes over. In a Steve Young-like run, Josh Nunes picks up 13 tackle-breaking yards. A short pass to Stepfan Taylor gains 12 more.

There are 42 seconds left in the half with the ball at the USC 48. Nunes scrambles for eight and gets out of bounds. But Stanford is flagged for holding on the next play.

At the 50, Nunes hits Levine Toilolo and Stanford goes into hurry-up mode. A pass over the middle to Toilolo is tipped to USC's Jawanza Starling, who returned it to USC's 46. A long run by Curtis McNeal ends the half.

Second quarter (4:09 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

On second down, Joshn Nunes lofted a pass for tight end Levine Toilolo for 23 yards to the 19. Stepfan Taylor picked up a blitz to give Nunes the time to throw.

A personal foul penalty on USC lineman Antwaun Woods for hands to the face set up Stanford with a first down on the Trojan 15. A second-down roll out and pass toward Zach Ertz in the end zone resulted in a pass interference penalty and a first-and-goal at the 2.

A play-action pass to eligible lineman Ikenna Nwafor was too high and Taylor was stuffed on second down. A false start penalty set Stanford back to the 6. A high pass toward Toilolo was incomplete.

A 23-yard field goal try by Jordan Williamson was wide right.

Second quarter (7:32 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

Henry Anderson deflected a first-down pass, but the defense must make a stop on this series. On third-and-4, Terrence Brown was again called for pass interference, though he had position on receiver Robert Woods and turned around to face the ball.

On a handoff to Silas Redd, A.J. Tarpley forced a fumble and Josh Mauro recovered at the USC 42. Redd remained down on the field after the play.

Second quarter (9:05 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

Stanford takes over at its 24. Two runs by Stepfan Taylor net three yards. Josh Nunes hits tight end Levine Toilolo, but well short of a first down. Stanford must punt and Daniel Zychlinski nails it for 67 yards, and into the end zone.

Second quarter (11:19 left): USC 14, Stanford 7

On third and long, Terrence Brown was whistled for pass interference on Marqise Lee, even though Brown had turned his body around to face the incoming pass as they jostled downfield.

On first and 10 at the 16, Matt Barkley went back to pass, but David Parry forced a fumble. Lee picked it up and got back to the 30. Two plays later, USC faces a third-and-23. A short pass to Robert Woods was stopped for short yardage by Wayne Lyons on single coverage.

The Trojans are going for it on fourth-and-19 at the Stanford 25, and Barkley hits Robert Woods cutting alone across the middle, reaching the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Silas Redd took a pitch right and scored from 1 yard out.

The drive took 7:01 and included two fourth-down conversions.

End of first quarter: Stanford 7, USC 7

USC takes possession at its 25 and Matt Barkley hit Xavier Grimble down the middle for 19 yards on the initial play. On second and 15, a Stanford blitz forced Barkley to unload a pass early, leading to a second-and-15 situation at its 39. A stuffed run followed by an incomplete pass ended the drive.

After the punt, Stanford takes over at its own 10.

Stepfan Taylor took a direct snap out of the Wildcat and gained three. A linebacker blitz forced an incompletion and gave Josh Nunes his first apparent hit of the game. Another hard rush forced Nunes to throw to a streaking Ty Montgomery a bit early and the ball fell a step in front of the open receiver, forcing a punt.

USC takes over at its 42. A deep pass to Robert Woods glanced off his fingertips at the goal-line. On third and two from the Stanford 36, Ben Gardner dropped Silas Redd for a one-yard loss. On fourth down, Barkley found Randall Telfer for eight yards and a first down.

Terrence Brown broke up a quick slant to Marqise Lee on first down, and a slip by Redd led to a loss of two on the final play of the first quarter, setting up a third-and-12 at the Stanford 31.

First quarter (6:43 left): Stanford 7, USC 7

Ty Montgomery took the kickoff again. This time, he tried to slide right, but was upended at the 18.

Anthony Wilkerson took a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation on first down and ran for five yards. Stepfan Taylor ran for four on the next, setting up Stanford's third third-down conversion try. Fullback Ryan Hewitt, playing his first game after missing the first two because of injury, carried and his second effort took his close to first-down territory. A measurement indicated Stanford's first first-down of the game.

At its own 28, Hewitt ran a short out pattern and picked up another first down with an 11-yard play. Two touches, two first downs for the fullback.

On the next play, Stepfan Taylor took a handoff and picked his hole, bursting through on a 59-yard touchdown run. He followed Hewitt's block, then cut right. Using a block by tight end Levine Toilolo that took out two players, he made another defender miss. A downfield block by receiver Drew Terrell sprung Taylor.

First quarter (9:40 left): USC 7, Stanford 0

Stanford's Jordan Richards broke up what looked like a bubble screen on first down, just missing a possible interception.

A Stanford point of emphasis coming into the game was tackling in the open field. On a short pass down the middle to Nelson Agholor, Stanford failed to corral the tailback, who broke free for a 48-yard gain to the 2.

Two plays later, Silas Redd carried the ball over from 2 yards for the touchdown, with help from offensive tackle Aundrey Walker, who pulled him across the goal-line.

First quarter (10:46 left): Stanford 0, USC 0

Stanford lost two yards on its series: a stuffed run followed by two incompletions. Daniel Zychlinski punts from his own 12 and USC takes over at the 50 following a fair catch.

First quarter (11:42 left): Stanford 0, USC 0

Stanford won the toss and will receive the opening kickoff.

Ty Montgomery is back to receive. He is the team's best kickoff return man, but because he is such a valuable receiver, coach David Shaw plans to use him sparingly on returns.

A wise choice. Montgomery took the kick at the 4, picked up way upfield and cut across to the right sideline for a 64-yard return.

On first down at the USC 33, Stanford was penalized for delay of game. Stanford opened with two tight ends and receivers Jamal-Rashad Patterson and Drew Terrell. After an incomplete pass, a 7-yard pass to Stepfan Taylor set up a third-and-7 on the 30. An apparent mix-up between quarterback Josh Nunes and his receivers led to an incompletion. Jordan Williamson's 47-yard field-goal try hit the left upright.

USC takes over on its own 30.

On the Trojans' first play, Matt Barkley hit Marqise Lee across the middle for 16 yards. Conventional wisdom has it that USC will try to attack the young Stanford secondary. On third-and-5 from the Stanford 49, they did just that. But Barkley's pass toward Lee was broken up by Jordan Richards toward the left sideline.

Stanford takes over at its' 12-yard line.

Pregame

Stanford will attempt to extend its three-game winning streak over USC when the No. 21 Cardinal plays host to the Trojans in a Pac-12 football opener at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford (2-0) has not lost to the Trojans since 2008 and has won four of their past five matchups. The Cardinal is back to its traditional cardinal red jerseys, white pants and white helmets after going all-black for its 50-13 rout of Duke last week. Stanford beat San Jose State, 20-17, in their season-opener on Aug. 31.

USC (2-0) is coming off victories of 49-10 over Hawaii and 42-29 over Syracuse. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw six touchdown passes against Syracuse and has 10 for the season, with only one interception. Kickoff is set for 4:50 p.m.


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