November 7, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Southern California shut down the prolific Stanford
passing offense and forced four turnovers, including a fumble returned 18 yards
for a touchdown by Aaron Williams, in a 34-9 victory on Saturday.
Stanford (1-8, 0-6 Pac-10), which lost a sixth straight game for the first
time since 1983, came into the game eighth in the nation in passing with 343
yards per game. But the Cardinal managed just 166 against the Trojans, who
began the day fourth in the nation against the pass.
The Trojans (7-3, 5-2) also got scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards by Petros
Papadakis, an 8-yard scoring pass from Carson Palmer to Windrell Hayes and
field goals of 37 and 40 yards by Adam Abrams.
Todd Husak threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Troy Walters for the Cardinal, but
had his worst passing game of the season. Husak, who was averaging 316 yards
passing per game, was 18-of-33 for 138 yards. He had one intercepted and
fumbled twice, and was replaced by Joe Borchard early in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans played nearly the entire game without their most explosive
offensive player, wide receiver R. Jay Soward, who sprained his right ankle on
the third play of the game while being tackled after catching a pass.
Soward, who also returns kickoffs and punts for Southern California, did not
return to the game.
Southern California opened the game with a 61-yard drive that culminated in
Papadakis' 1-yard run on fourth down. Stanford responded with Walters' scoring
Daylon McCutcheon's interception set up Southern California's next score,
the 37-yard field goal by Abrams, and the Trojans took a 17-7 lead in the
second period when Husak fumbled on a sack by Zeke Moreno and Williams picked
up the loose ball and rumbled into the end zone.
Abrams added his second field goal in the third quarter and Hayes caught his
scoring pass early in the fourth period after another fumble by Husak.
Stanford linebacker Donnie Spragan tackled Palmer in the end zone for a
safety with 5:35 remaining. Papadakis added his second score, on a 3-yard run,
with 15 seconds left.
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer