USC vs. Stanford Score Update: Trojans Tied With Cardinal After 3rd Quarter


The USC Trojans are tied with the Stanford Cardinal, 10-10, after three quarters in Palo Alto.

It was a topsy-turvy third quarter, featuring a goal-line stand, a slew of penalties, an ejection and a turnover.

Cody Kessler improved him numbers to 12-of-17 for 84 yards.

Javorius Allen continued to shine, increasing his totals to 127 yards on 18 carries.

Kevin Hogan continued his strong outing with 14-of-21 passing and 202 yards. His favored receiver Ty Montgomery nabbed five catches for 45 yards.

The Trojans began the half with another three-and-out and it looked like Stanford would punish them for it when Montgomery took the punt into USC territory.

The defense held in the redzone once more, however, and a second missed kick from Stanford kept the score static.

Unfortunately for USC, they followed that up with yet another three-and-out.

Stanford once again looked to take control of the game. For the sixth time they made it into the redzone, but the Trojan defense held them up on the goal line.

The goal line stand injected some life into the USC offense, which moved down the field quickly with the help of a 50-yard Allen run. The drive ended in a game-tying field goal.

Things began to unravel late in the third quarter when the sequence following the field goal included three Trojan penalties. Steve Sarkisian incurred a personal foul before Hayes Pullard was ejected for a late hit with targeting.

On the very next play the Trojans forced a fumble and recovered the ball.

The quarter ended with USC

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.