USC vs. Stanford Final Score: Trojans Beat the Cardinal, 13-10


The USC Trojans downed the Stanford Cardinal for the second year in a row, 13-10, in a sloppy contest in Palo Alto

Andre Heidari was the hero again against the Cardinal. His two fourth quarter field goals proved the difference.

Leonard Williams, who played the game on a bum ankle, came up with a huge sack near the end as Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal pushed for a late score. J.R. Tavai provided the game-winning play in the end when he sacked Hogan and forced a fumble which the Trojans recovered.

Cody Kessler finished with 135 yards, which Javorius Allen provided the engine of the offense with a career-high 154 yards on 23 attempts.

Nelson Agholor also hit a career high with nine receptions for 91 yards.

Hogan finished with 285 yards on 22-30 passing, but he couldn’t find the endzone.

Stanford missed two field goals on the day.

Early in the fourth quarter it looked as though Stanford had landed the killing blow, but the touchdown pass was called back because of a chopblock.

Stanford started the third quarter in control once more, but more redzone mishaps prevented them from putting any points on the board.

The Trojans continued to struggle however, until a crazy sequence late in the quarter.

Following a key goal line stand, USC finally found some life on offense and drove down the field for a field goal. Steve Sarkisian was assessed a personal foul following the kick. Then on the kick off, Hayes Pullard was ejected for hitting Montgomery on the sideline with his helmet.

On the very next play, Stanford’s running back coughed up the ball and the Trojans recovered.

The ensuing Trojan drive stalled.

USC started the game strong with an opening drive featuring the kind of tempo they managed against Fresno State. Justin Davis punched in the first score of the game while Allen led the Trojans down the field.

Stanford mistakes stalled their first quarter drives, which all reached the redzone but resulted in no points.

The second quarter was not so kind to the Trojans however. After a three-and-out from USC, Stanford drove down the field and tied the game with a touchdown from fullback Patrick Skov.

USC responded with a long drive that ended in the redzone when the Stanford defense finally overwhelmed the Trojan offensive front. Cody Kessler was sacked on consecutive plays and the Trojans were forced to punt.

Stanford took the lead at the half on a field goal in the final seconds.