Oct. 9, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Halftime: Stanford 14, USC 14
But the Cardinal could not get another first down. On third-and-14 from the USC 34, Stepfan Taylor fumbled when stacked up and USC cornerback Shareece Wright picked the ball up on the run moments before being clocked by Luck, forcing another fumble that USC recovered with 38 seconds left in the half.
The Trojans drove to Stanford's 37-yard line with eight seconds left. A pass from Matt Barkley to Robert Woods, who already had seven catches for 122 yards, was incomplete. With three seconds left, Barkley threw a Hail Mary that traveled out of the end zone as time expired, ending the half.
Second quarter (4:23): Stanford 14, USC 14
USC drove right back, scoring on 6-yard pass to freshman Robert Woods on a quick slant. Quarterback Matt Barkley threaded the needle by hitting Woods in a spot between cornerback Richard Sherman behind him and linebacker Shayne Skov cutting in front.
The touchdown tied the score at 14-14.
Second quarter (8:33 left): Stanford 14, USC 7
USC continued to drive and threatened to take the lead when Stanley Havili carried off right guard and had the ball punched out of his grasp by safety Delano Howell, and directly to cornerback Richard Sherman.
The turnover began a Stanford touchdown drive of eight plays and 84 yards. Andrew Luck passed to Chris Owusu on a crossing route and Owusu spun away from one tackle and broke another on the way to a 35-yard gain.
Luck used a play-action fake to keep the ball around end for 19, and later his Doug Baldwin for nine yards to the USC 7. On the next play, freshman Anthony Wilkerson bounced off right tackle to score a touchdown, giving Stanford a 14-7 lead with 8:33 left in the second quarter.
End of first quarter: Stanford 7, USC 7
Stanford appeared to get a break when Delano Howell intercepted a pass at USC's own 20-yard line. Matt Barkley's throw toward Bay Area high school star Brandon Carswell (Milpitas High) was overthrown and ended up in the hands of the Cardinal safety.
However, replay nullified the interception and USC punted instead, giving Stanford possession at its own 39.
A first-down screen to Stepfan Taylor gained 11. And a 12-yard pass over the middle to Doug Baldwin gained another first down to the USC 40, followed by a catch down the left sideline for 24 more yards.
A hard rush on the next play pushed Andrew Luck out of the pocket to his left. As he turned to throw, he was hit by USC's Nick Perry and recovered by Jurrell Casey.
Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua sacked Barkley on first down, helping create a third-and-11 play deep in its own territory, but Barkley shook off a blindside rush by Chase Thomas to hit Robert Woods for a 24-yard pass, as the receiver cut inside cornerback Richard Sherman to catch the slightly underthrown ball.
First quarter (5:47 left): Stanford 7, USC 7
The versatile and wide-open Stanford offense that its fans had been accustomed to appeared on the Cardinal's next series.
Each of the five plays on the possession gained chunks of yardage, allowing Stanford to travel 69 yards to the end zone in only 2:30.
A pair of plays to Doug Baldwin moved the ball quickly to the Trojans' 22-yard line, first on a screen right and then on a reverse. Usua Amanam ran up the middle for 11 and Andrew Luck hit Baldwin on a quick out, just getting to the end zone pylon as he was hit, allowing Stanford to tie the game.
First quarter (8:17 left): USC 7, Stanford 0
Stanford took the opening kickoff, but went three-and-out. A dropped pass on first down didn't help and a third-down run by Stepfan Taylor around left end was stuffed. On a positive note for the Cardinal, receiver Ryan Whalen, who missed the past two games with an injury, returned to the starting lineup with his left arm heavily padded.
USC, however, methodically moved down field after the Daniel Zychlinski's 54-yard punt. No. 28 took the snap at 8-yard line, freshman Dillon Baxter took the shotgun snap and scored untouched off left guard to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.
USC's drive took 73 yards and 11 plays, and lasted 5:03.
No. 16 Stanford (4-1, 1-1) takes on USC (4-1, 1-1) in a Pac-10 game at Stanford Stadium. Going back to 1905, USC leads the all-time series 58-26-3, but Stanford has won two of their past three meetings, both in dramatic fashion. As a 42-point underdog in 2007, Tavita Pritchard hit Mark Bradford on a fourth-down pass in the end zone with 49 seconds left to beat the Trojans, 24-23. In 2009, Stanford won 55-21, also at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It remains the most points any team has ever scored against USC. However, the Cardinal is looking for its first victory in the series at Stanford Stadium since 2002.