USC vs. Stanford: Inside the Box Score

Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as Stanford Cardinal center Khalil Wilkes snaps the ball at the line of scrimmage against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron’s Trojans toppled the #5 Stanford Cardinal Saturday in a win that didn’t just break a four game losing streak, but launched USC back into real contention for the Pac-12 South title.

It took an Andre Heidari field goal with just seconds remaining to put USC up 20-17. The box score shows how the Trojans got there:

 Team Totals  STAN  USC 
FIRST DOWNS  18  18 
   Rushing 
   Passing  12 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  210  23 
   Rushing Attempts  35  27 
   Average Per Rush  6.0  0.9 
   Rushing Touchdowns  1
NET YARDS PASSING  127  288 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  14-25-2  25-37-0
   Average Per Completion  9.1  11.5
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  337  311 
   Total offense plays  60  64 
   Average Gain Per Play  5.6  4.9 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  2-1  2-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  6-70  4-45
Possession Time  30:34  29:26
Third-Down Conversions  4 of 12  4 of 14 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  2-4  3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards  2-16  0-0

This week the box score was both balanced and lopsided in key areas. Both teams had equal first downs, successful third down conversions, fumbles and near equal time of possession. However, Stanford’s offense achieved far more balance and thus won the total yards battle with 337 to USC’s 311. The Cardinal’s 210 yards rushing was the most rushing yard’s the Trojans have given up since Arizona State gained 261.

However, USC had the clear advantage in the passing game, most notably in the two key interceptions. Surprisingly enough, USC also won the battle in terms of discipline, with just 45 penalty yards to Stanford’s 70, they’re highest total of the season.

Stuffed

RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Allen, Javorius  16  45  19  26  16  1.6 
Madden, Tre   11  11  1.8 
Isaac, Ty   2.0 
TEAM   -1  -1.0 
Kessler, Cody   16  -15  -5.0 
Totals…  27  59  36  23  16  0.9 
  

It wasn’t a great night to be a running back at USC. Buck Allen did what he could, and walked in for a touchdown on a brilliantly executed misdirection pitch. However, he was stopped for negative yards with regularity. The Trojans 23 net yards rushing was the lowest total of the season.

Tre Madden got back on the field, but couldn’t do much in his return.

Kessler Shines

PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Kessler, Cody   25-37-0  288  41 
Totals…  25-37-0  288  41 

Cody Kessler had the best game of his young Trojan career in what was easily the biggest as well. He showed great ability to avoid the Stanford pass rush, finding his receivers on the run and keeping USC drives alive with 12 passing first downs. His 288 yards might not be his highest total of the season, but he was efficient and made the plays that needed to be made.

His numbers in the second half could have been better, but in going 3/4 for 33 yards on the final USC drive he was a major part of the Trojan victory.

Lee-ve It To Marqise

RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Agholor, Nelson  104  26 
Lee, Marqise   83  27 
Allen, Javorius  58  41 
Vainuku, Soma   16  15 
Grimble, Xavier  10 
Rogers, Darreus  14  14 
Flournoy, De’Von 
Madden, Tre  
Totals…  25  288  41

Nelson Agholor led the team in catches and yards, while Soma Vainuku logged the Trojans lone passing touchdown. However, it was Marqise Lee who stood as the stand out performer in the passing game.

Lee’s six catches included one tip-toe grab at the goal line to set up Vainuku’s score, the two-point conversion that recovered USC’s lost PAT point, and the fourth down conversion that set up Heidari’s game winning kick.

Intercepting the Win

##  USC   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
56  Sarao, Anthony   12  1.0/5   .   .   .  
10  Pullard, Hayes   11  1.0/3   .   .   .  
24  Wright, Demetrius  .   .   .   .  
94  Williams, Leonard  .   1-0   .   .  
18  Bailey, Dion   1.0/2   .   1-26  .  
13  Seymour, Kevon   .   .   .   .  
6   Shaw, Josh   1.0/4   .   .   .  
21  Cravens, Su’a   .   .   1-0   .  
58  Tavai, J.R.   1.0/4   .   .   .  
83  Katrib, George   .   .   .   .  
90  Uko, George   .   .   .   .   .
72  Wheeler, Chad   .   .   .   .  

Against a stout Stanford offensive front, the Trojans managed five tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Anthony Sarao stood out once again in place of Lamar Dawson with a forced fumbled, a tackle for loss and a team-high 12 tackles. The injured Leonard Williams still came away with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Meanwhile, Dion Bailey was nominated for Pac-12 Player of the Week for his six tackles, one tackle for loss, forced fumble and interception.

Topics: Anthony Sarao, Cody Kessler, Dion Bailey, Marqise Lee, USC Trojans

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