Nov. 9, 1996
Stanford Knocks Off USC, 24-20
Greg Comella's two-yard run late in the third quarter put Stanford ahead to stay and Damon Dunn scored on a 93-yard kickoff return as the Cardinal defeated Southern California, 24-20, in a Pac-10 Conference battle.
Mike Mitchell rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown for Stanford, (4-5, 3-3 Pac-10), which beat USC at home for just the second time in 14 meetings. The Trojans still lead the all-time series, 51-21-3.
Brad Otton threw a pair of touchdown passes for Southern California, which has lost three of its last four games and fell to 5-5, 3-4. The Trojans must win at least one of their final two games against traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame to be eligible for a bowl game.
Comella's touchdown with 1:54 left in the third quarter capped a 65-yard drive and gave Stanford a 21-20 lead. Kevin Miller added a 32-yard field goal with 32 seconds to go in the fourth and safety Tim Smith intercepted Otton in the end zone as time expired to seal the win.
Otton was 23-for-47 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He hit Jay Soward for a 33-yard score early in the first quarter, then found Chris Miller for a four-yard TD toss in the second as USC built a 20-7 halftime lead.
Mitchell, who had 22 carries, started the Stanford comeback with a four-yard run early in the third quarter. Chad Hutchinson completed 20-of-35 passes for 166 yards and an interception for the Cardinal.
1 2 3 4 T USC 10 10 0 0 - 20 Stanford 7 0 14 3 - 24 FINAL Scoring Summary: USC - TD - 9:40 left in the 1st quarter Otton 37-yard pass to Soward (Abrams kick good) (52 yards, 6 plays, 1:57 elapsed time) STA - TD - 9:26 left in the 1st quarter Dunn 93-yard kickoff return (Miller kick good) (93 yards, 1 play) USC - FG - 6:53 left in the 1st quarter Wren 27-yard kick (43 yards, 7 plays, 2:33 elapsed time) USC - TD - 14:56 left in the 2nd quarter Otton 4-yard pass to Miller (Abrams kick good) (64 yards, 11 plays, 4:54 elapsed time) USC - FG - 3:01 left in the 2nd quarter Abrams 27-yard kick (70 yards, 14 plays, 5:28 elapsed time) STA - TD - 12:27 left in the 3rd quarter Mitchell 4-yard run (Miller kick good) (8 yards, 70 plays, 2:33 elapsed time) STA - TD - 1:54 left in the 3rd quarter Comella 2-yard run (Miller kick good) (65 yards, 10 plays, 4:23 elapsed time) STA - FG - 0:32 left in the 4th quarter Miller 32-yard kick (12 yards, 6 plays, 1:35 elapsed time) Team Statistics USC SU First Downs 22 18 Rushing Yards 68 195 Passing Yards 277 166 Total Yards 345 361 Fumbles/Lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties/Yards 7-72 10-97 Sacks by/Yards 2-11 1-9 3rd Down Eff. 8-18 6-17 Time of Poss. 29:46 30:14 Individual Leaders Rushing (attempts-yards-touchdowns) USC - L. Woods (13-49-0), Walters (5-24-0), Sermons (3-10-0), Washington (7-(-2)-0), Otton (2-(-11)-0) Stanford - Mitchell (22-147-1), Bookman (7-48-0), Comella (4-13-1), Ritchie (1-0-0), Hutchinson (3-(-13)-0) Receiving (receptions-yards-touchdowns) USC - C. Miller (7-71-1), Bastianelli (5-53-0), Soward (4-77-1), Sermons (3-36-0), L. Woods (2-32-0), Parker (1-5-0), Hall (1-3-0) Stanford - Walters (5-38-0), Manning (5-37-0), Kirwan (3-46-0), Dunn (2-23-0), Clark (2-17-0), Salina (1-6-0), Comella (1-2-0), Bookman (1-(-3)-0) Passing (attempts-completions-interceptions-yards-touchdowns) USC - Otton (47-23-3-277-2) Stanford - Hutchinson (35-20-1-166-0) Punting (number-average-long) USC - Wren (6-43.2-51) Stanford - Miller (4-40.8-47) Highlights: 1st Quarter STA - Bookman 16-yard scamper to Stanford 28 USC - Otton 21-yard pass to Miller to Stanford 32 USC - Woods 17-yard carry to Stanford 15 STA - 35-yard kickoff return by Evans to Stanford 46 USC - Otton 23-yard pass to Soward to Stanford 11 2nd Quarter STA - Evans 31-yard kickoff return to Stanford 42 STA - Bookman 16-yard run up the middle to USC 27 STA - Miller misses 36-yard FG attempt USC - Otton 18-yard pass to Bastianelli to USC 45 3rd Quarter STA - Hutchinson 13-yard pass to Dunn to USC 44 STA - Mitchell 44-yard run to USC 4 STA - Wong sacks Otton for 10-yard loss to USC 40 STA - Pruitt intercepts Otton pass to Stanford 35 STA - Hutchinson 10-yard pass to Dunn to 50 STA - Hutchinson 13-yard pass to Walters to USC 37 STA - Hutchinson 22-yard pass to Kirwan to USC 10 4th Quarter STA - Mitchell 52-yard run to USC 12 STA - Miller misses 29-yard FG attempt STA - Swanson intercepts Otton's pass to USC 27 Attendance: 41,980