USC Trojans (1-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
September 6, 2014 • 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.
Television • Live national broadcast on ABC with Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline).
Radio • Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station – KNBR 1050 AM – with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). The broadcast begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can be heard on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 91) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 91) will carry a national broadcast.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
On the Web • GoStanford.com • USCtrojans.com • Pac-12.com • #GoStanford
Inside the Huddle
• Stanford opens its Pac-12 Conference schedule at 12:30 p.m. (PT) Saturday at home against USC. The matchup marks a critical early-season game with all other conference schools still playing non-league games this week.
• Saturday marks the earliest meeting between these two programs since Stanford’s season-opening 24-20 loss at home to No. 6 USC in 1988. The teams have twice met in the season’s third week with Stanford winning both at USC (21-16 in 2001) and at Stanford Stadium (21-14 in 2012). Stanford is 2-2 in Pac-12 openers against the Trojans.
• Saturday’s game marks the 91st meeting between Stanford and USC. In a series that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead the all-time series, 58-29-3 (.335). Last year’s victory by USC broke a four-game Stanford win streak.
• Stanford opened its season with a 45-0 rout of UC Davis, setting several milestones in the process: 700th win in program history • 700-460-52 (.599); David Shaw (35) passed Bill Walsh on Stanford’s all-time wins list; Shaw became first Stanford coach to win first four season openers since Glenn “Pop” Warner (1924-27)
• Stanford’s 17-game home winning streak is the nation’s longest streak.
• The Cardinal is 38-3 (.927) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
• Stanford has won 34 of its past 37 games played in California with a 17-1 record against in-state opponents since 2010. The only losses in the state of California over that stretch came against No. 4 Michigan State in the 2014 Rose Bowl, at USC in 2013 and against visiting No. 6 Oregon in 2011.
• Stanford is 13-1 (.929) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (4-1 vs. top 10). The lone home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 was against No. 6 Oregon (2011): 2013 -- No. 25 Notre Dame, No. 2 Oregon, No. 9 UCLA, No. 15 Washington, No. 23 Arizona State; 2012 -- No. 2 USC, No. 7 Oregon, No. 13 Arizona, No. 13 Oregon State, No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 title game); 2011 -- No. 22 Washington, No. 22 Notre Dame; 2010 -- No. 24 Washington.
• Stanford is 10-1 in its last 11 games against opponents ranked in the AP top 25, including 6-1 in 2013.
Series: 29-59-3 (.335)
At Stanford: 10-33-2 (.244)
At USC: 18-26-1 (.411)
Neutral: 1-0 (1.000)
First meeting: 1905 at Stanford - Stanford 16, USC 0
Last meeting: 2013 at USC - Stanford 17, USC 20
Last Stanford win: 2012 at Stanford - Stanford 21, USC 14
Last USC win: 2013 at USC - Stanford 17, USC 20
Longest Stanford win streak: 4 (2009-12)
Longest USC win streak: 12 (1958-69)
Largest Stanford victory: 55-21 (2009 at USC)
Largest USC victory: 0-49 (1977 at USC)
Series streak: USC - W1
• The 2014 meeting is the 92nd meeting between Stanford and USC. In a series that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead the all-time series, 59-29-3.
• Both Stanford and the Pac-12 Conference do not count the 1918 contest won by the Trojans in its series scores, as it was played as part of an unofficial schedule by the Student Army Training Corps Team. The contest is acknowledge in USC’s series history.
• The Cardinal has won four of the last five games, with its series-best four-game winning streak coming to an end in 2013.
• Five of the last seven meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including the last four.
• Stanford had never scored more than 35 points in its first 86 meetings with USC, but eclipsed the 35-point mark in 2009 (55), 2010 (37) and 2011 (56).
• Stanford assistant coach Tavita Pritchard engineered one of the biggest upsets in college football history on Oct. 6, 2007, against No. 2 USC in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Making his first career start, Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to wide receiver Mark Bradford with 49 seconds remaining to lift the Cardinal to a 24-23 victory. The Trojans were favored by 41 points.
• ESPN’s College GameDay was on hand for the 2013 meeting in Los Angeles, which was just the second time Stanford played the Trojans as a ranked BCS team. The loss was Stanford’s third in as many games when ranked No. 4 by the BCS.
Last Matchup Against USC - Nov. 16, 2013
• Tyler Gaffney ran for more than 100 yards for the fifth straight game, but Stanford dropped a 20-17 decision to USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gaffney dashed for 158 yards on 24 carries and both Cardinal touchdowns.
• After the teams carried a 17-17 tie throughout the fourth quarter, USC pulled ahead with a 47-yard field goal from Andre Heidari with 19 seconds to play.
• The Cardinal dug itself a 17-7 hole by the 9:05 mark of the second quarter, as USC scored on each of its first three possessions, including two first-quarter touchdowns. Stanford had previously allowed just one first-quarter drive by its opponent to finish in the end zone this season.
• Gaffney put together the highlight of the game in the first half on a 35-yard touchdown to give the Cardinal its only lead of the day, 7-6. The running back was bottled up after getting a hand off and looked like he would be taken down for a loss before bouncing outside and finding open field to the goal line.
• The defense, which held USC to 23 yards on 13 carries in the first half, blanked the Trojans for zero rushing yards over 14 second-half carries.
It Happened Against USC
1970 - Before a crowd of 86,000 at Stanford Stadium, Stanford stunned fourth-ranked USC, 24-14. Jim Plunkett completed 19 of 31 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown and Stanford’s stiffed the Trojans twice on goal line stands.
1973 - Rod Garcia set a Stanford and Pac-10 record by booting a 59-yard field goal in the first quarter. However, Chris Limahelu’s 34-yard field goal with 0:34 left lifted the eighth-ranked Trojans to a 27-26 victory at the Coliseum.
1975 - Mike Langford kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal as time expired, lifting Stanford to a 13-10 win over ninth-ranked USC at the Coliseum.
1979 - After trailing at halftime, 21-0, Stanford rallied to score 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie top-ranked USC, 21-21, at the Coliseum. It was the only blemish on USC’s record.
1982 - John Elway completed 27 of 41 passes for 239 yards and broke Jim Plunkett’s NCAA record with his 26th career 200-yard passing game. USC came away with a 41-21 victory at Stanford Stadium.
1986 - Dave Wyman recorded a school-record 27 tackles (five solo). However, USC blanked the Cardinal, 10-0, as 73,500 fans watched at Stanford Stadium.
1990 - Jason Palumbis completed 30 of 45 passes for 360 yards, including three touchdowns passes. The Trojans forced three Cardinal fumbles and limited Glyn Milburn to just nine yards on nine carries in a 37-22 victory at Stanford Stadium.
1991 - Stanford defeated USC, 24-21, at the Coliseum, marking the Cardinal’s first victory over the Trojans since 1975.
2000 - Chris Lewis came off the bench and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jamien McCullum as time expired to give Stanford a thrilling 32-30 comeback victory over USC. Kerry Carter tied a single-game record with four rushing scores and DeRonnie Pitts caught 13 passes for 176 yards.
2007 - Tavita Pritchard connected with Mark Bradford on a 10-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-goal play with 49 seconds remaining to lift Stanford to a 24-23 victory over second-ranked USC at the Coliseum. In his first career start, Pritchard engineered one of the biggest upsets in college football history against a USC unit favored by 41 points.
2009 - Toby Gerhart rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stanford to a 55-21 victory over No. 11 USC. The 55 points were the most ever scored against USC at the Coliseum in its worst home loss since 1966.
2010 - Nate Whitaker kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift Stanford to a 37-35 victory over USC at Stanford Stadium.
2011 - In one of the most dramatic finishes in the long rivalry, sixth-ranked Stanford defeated No. 20 USC in triple-overtime, 56-48, before a sellout crowd of 93,607 at the Coliseum to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games. A.J. Tarpley sealed the victory by recovering a Curtis McNeal fumble in the end zone in the longest game in Stanford history.
2012 - Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC, 21-14, for its fourth straight win in the series. The Cardinal held USC to only 26 yards rushing.
2013 - One week after downing No. 2 Oregon at Stanford Stadium and emerging into the national championship discussion, the Cardinal fell to USC, 20-17, at the Coliseum as Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play. Stanford’s season-low point total got a boost from Tyler Gaffney, who rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns.