No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1 • 6-1 Pac-12)
USC Trojans (7-3 • 4-2 Pac-12)
November 16, 2013 • 5 p.m. (PT)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607)
Los Angeles, Calif.
Television • Live national broadcast on ABC with Brent Musburger (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). All radio broadcasts 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 live 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 with internet channel 968 also carrying the feed.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Polls • Stanford (5th - AP, 5th - USA Today, 4th - BCS) • USC (RV - AP, RV - USA Today, NR - BCS)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • USCTrojans.com • Pac-12.com
Social Hour • tagboard.com/GoStanford • GoStanford.com/FrontRow • #GoStanford
Game Notes: Stanford | USC • Depth Chart: Stanford • Media Guide: Stanford
Inside the Huddle
• Having stepped back into the national title discussion, Stanford plays another tough Pac-12 Conference game with its final road contest at USC, which sits just one game behind Arizona State in the Pac-12 South. ABC will broadcast the game at 5 p.m. (PT) while ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast live during the morning.
• Stanford will now be the subject of eight visits from College GameDay over the past three-plus seasons including the Cardinal’s game at USC game in 2011. Stanford owns a 4-3 record in affairs preceded by College GameDay.
• Saturday’s game between Stanford and USC will be just the second time Stanford will play the Trojans as a ranked BCS team (2011 - No. 6 Stanford beat unranked USC, 56-48, in triple OT).
• Stanford is 12-1 (.923) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (4-1 vs. top 10), including wins over No. 2 Oregon (2013), No. 9 UCLA (2013), No. 15 Washington (2013), No. 23 Arizona State (2013), No. 2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24 Washington (2009).
• The lone home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).
• Stanford is 45-17 (.726) all-time when ranked in the top 10.
• Stanford has won home games against four straight nationally-ranked opponents this season, marking the first such occurrence in school history.
• Including its Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, Stanford has won 31 of its last 32 games played in California (only loss against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).
• Stanford’s active 14-game home winning streak is the second-longest in the nation behind South Carolina (15).
• The Cardinal is 35-3 (.921) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
USC Series Notes
Series: Stanford trails, 29-58-3 (.339)
First meeting: 1905 at Stanford - Stanford 16, USC 0
Last meeting: 2012 at Stanford - Stanford 21, USC 14
Series streak: Stanford - W4 (5 of last 6)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 4 (2009-active) • USC - 12 (1958-69)
• 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.
• Stanford does 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 Cardinal has won the last four games and five of the last six.
• Four of the last six meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including the last three.
• Stanford has averaged 36 points over the last six meetings with USC while posting a 5-1 record. In its last four games against the Trojans, the Cardinal has tallied 55 (2009), 37 (2010), 56 (2011) and 21 points (2012).
• Stanford had never scored more than 35 points in its first 86 meetings with USC.
• 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.
Last Matchup Against USC - Sept. 15, 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 this series.
• Nunes threw for 215 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 15 of 32 passing in his first start against a ranked opponent.
• USC had a 10-yard holding penalty, then Trent Murphy sacked Matt Barkley, followed by a 5-yard false start penalty on the Trojans and a sack by Chase Thomas before Barkley’s final heave out of bounds.
• Taylor took a short screen pass and scurried 23 yards for a tying touchdown late in the third quarter. Nunes scampered 12 yards on a third-and-10 from midfield in the fourth and then delivered the strike to Ertz, who juked a defender and dove into the end zone to give Stanford a 21-14 lead and send the home fans into a flurry with 10:20 to play.
• Taylor ran 59 yards, making four defenders on a nine-man defensive front miss and running for touchdown that tied the score 14-all midway through the third quarter. He finished with five catches for 60 yards.
• The Cardinal outgained the Trojans 417 to 280 in total yards and held USC to only 26 yards rushing.
• A wild, wacky sequence in the final eight minutes of the first half featured five turnovers and, perhaps amazingly, no points by either side.
It Happened Against USC
1970 - Before a crowd of 86,000 at Stanford Stadium, Stanford stunned fourth-ranked USC, 24-14, marking its first win over the Trojans since 1957. Jim Plunkett completed 19 of 31 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown and Stanford’s defense turned back 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, as the Trojans would finish the season ranked second in both wire service polls behind national champion Alabama.
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. Elway’s record-setting performance was not enough, as USC came away with a 41-21 victory at Stanford Stadium.
1986 - Before a national television audience and a crowd of 73,500 at Stanford Stadium, linebacker Dave Wyman recorded a school-record 27 tackles (five solo). However, USC blanked the Cardinal, 10-0.
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. Palumbis’ passing yardage is the highest total ever recorded by a Stanford quarterback against USC.
1991 - Stanford defeated USC, 24-21, at the Coliseum, marking the Cardinal’s first victory over the Trojans since 1975.
1992 - Steve Stenstrom completed 23 of 39 passes for 273 yards and Stanford’s defense limited 11th-ranked USC to 59 rushing yards in a 23-9 victory at Stanford Stadium.
1996 - Mike Mitchell ran for 147 yards on 22 carries to lead the Cardinal to a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over the Trojans at Stanford Stadium.
1997 - Troy Walters caught 11 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns despite a 45-21 Cardinal loss decision at the Coliseum. Walters also returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
2000 - After coming off the bench to replace an injured Randy Fasani, Chris Lewis 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 touchdowns 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 at the Coliseum. The 55 points were the most ever scored against USC, as the Cardinal handed the Trojans their 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 Los Angeles Coliseum to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games. Cardinal linebacker A.J. Tarpley sealed the victory by recovering a Curtis McNeal fumble in the end zone in the longest game in Stanford history. Andrew Luck hit 29 of 40 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran nine times for 36 yards.
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. Nunes scampered 12 yards on a third-and-10 from midfield in the fourth and then delivered the strike to Ertz, who juked a defender and dove into the end zone to give Stanford a 21-14 lead. Taylor ran 59 yards while making four defenders on a nine-man defensive front miss and running for touchdown that tied the score 14-14 midway through the third quarter. The Cardinal outgained the Trojans 417 to 280 in total yards and held USC to only 26 yards rushing.
No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1 • 6-1 Pac-12)