The Trojans had their biggest home win in years, defeating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal 20-17 on a last-minute 47-yard field goal from a then-struggling Andre Heidari. With the win, Ed Orgeron’s USC team ran their record to 8-3 ahead of the season’s final two games of the season, at Colorado and home to UCLA.
In our latest podcast, our team of Alicia de Artola, Matthew Moreno, Josh Webb and Michael Castillo look back at the win over Stanford and break down the key moments, in addition to the rise of interim head coach Ed Orgeron..
Here’s what on tap in the podcast:
- The Coliseum was finally raucous for the first time all season. We discuss the atmosphere inside the building and how the overall energy compares to past games like Cal in 2004, Fresno State in 2005 and Stanford in 2011.
- The Trojans got a big night from Cody Kessler, who didn’t throw an interception all night, was only sacked once and routinely limited his mistakes against a daunting pass rush. We give our takes on Kessler’s performance.
- USC won the game, but did so by playing with risky on numerous occasions. Was Orgeron too risky, especially in the fourth quarter? Or perhaps was he too conservative? We discuss the in-game decisions and whether or not they put USC in a better or worse position.
Stay tuned to Reign of Troy Radio, as we’ll have another installment later this week to further preview the game against Colorado, providing more in-depth analysis.