USC vs. No. 5 Stanford - Postgame Notes

    Nov. 16, 2013

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    USC Game Notes

    USC improves to 59-29-3 against Stanford and ends the Cardinal's four-game win streak vs. USC, the Trojans' longest skid in the 92-game series. USC improved to 6-10 all-time against ranked Stanford teams.

    The win over No. 5 Stanford was USC's first over a ranked opponent since winning at No. 4 Oregon 38-35 on Nov. 19, 2011. It was the first ranked opponent USC played this year.

    Tonight's game was a sellout with 93,607 fans in attendance. It was USC's first sellout since last season's Notre Dame game.

    PK Andre Heidari hit a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter, then he hit the game-winning 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds left for the win to make him 13-for-20 on the season. His game-winning kick was USC's first last-minute game-winning field goal since David Bell kicked a 36-yarder to defeat UCLA 38-35 in 2000.

    This was USC's ninth consecutive win over the Cardinal when facing them the game after California.

    Stanford entered the game making 52% of their third down conversions, but was 4-for-12 today (33%).

    USC held Stanford to a season-low 17 points. The last time USC held Stanford to fewer points was a 42-0 win in 2006.

    FB Soma Vainuku's first-quarter 1-yard TD catch was his first career touchdown.

    QB Cody Kessler has thrown at least one touchdown in four of the last games and in nine of 11 games this year. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in six of the past seven games and seven times this year.

    Kessler was 25-for-37 for 288 yards tonight and has completed 56-of-75 passes in his last three games (74.7%).

    After opening 1-of-2 for nine yards, Kessler completed his next 10 passes for 149 more yards and one score before missing his second pass.

    TB Javorius Allen made his first career start today. His 1-yard first-quarter run was his seventh TD in the last three games, sixth on the ground.

    FS Dion Bailey's fourth-quarter interception was his team-high fourth of the season and 10th of his career. He now ranks tied for 17th all-time in interceptions by a Trojan.

    SS Su'a Craven's fourth-quarter interception was also his fourth of the season to tie for the team lead.

    Stanford had only allowed 26 first-quarter points all season prior to USC's 14 today.

    OT Chad Wheeler's 3rd-quarter field goal block was USC's fourth this year.

    USC was held to a season-low 23 rushing yards. The previous low this season had been 30 yards vs. Utah. The last time USC had fewer rushing yards was when they totaled 1-yard vs. Utah in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.

    USC used just two defensive substitutions tonight, the fifth game this season using three or fewer defensive substitutions. One of the subs (CB Torin Harris) played one play.

    Stanford Game Notes

    With its 20-17 loss to USC, Stanford ...

    • Dropped to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in Pac-12 Conference play
    • Dropped to 31-6 overall (22-4 Pac-12) under head coach David Shaw
    • Dropped to 45-18 all-time when ranked in the top 10
    • Dropped to 29-59-3 all-time vs. USC
    • Snapped a program-best four-game winning streak over USC
    • Dropped to 16-3 in its last 19 games played in November
    • Only losses came to Cal (2009), Oregon (2011) and USC (2013)
    • Dropped to 36-8 in Pac-12 play over the last four-plus seasons
    • Dropped to 31-2 in its last 33 games played in California
    • Only losses vs. No. 6 Oregon (2011) and USC (2013)
    • Snapped a streak of 12 straight wins in games played in California

    • Stanford held USC to 23 rushing yards on 27 carries for a 0.9 average per carry
    • Stanford's 10-play, 92-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter was the Cardinal's fourth scoring drive of 90 or more yards on the season
    • Of USC first 15 second-half plays, 10 went for zero or negative yardage
    • The Trojans had six carries for minus-8 yards in the third quarter
    • USC scored on its first three drives, but was unable to cash in on its next eight drives before knocking a fourth-quarter, game-winning field goal
    • Each of Stanford's last three Pac-12 losses have come on the road to an unranked opponent: 2012 at Washington (L, 13-17), 2013 at Utah (L, 21-27), and 2013 at USC (L, 17-20)
    • Stanford has at least one sack in 29 of its last 30 outings (only game without a sack came in 2013 at Army, which attempted only 10 passes)
    • Stanford finished with 2.0 sacks against USC
    • Stanford has forced a turnover in each of its last 35 contests, it is the nation's second-longest streak behind Missouri (39)
    • Stanford allowed fewer than 30 points for the 19th time in as many games
    • The Cardinal has at least one tackle for loss in each of its last 45 contests; Stanford finished with 8.0 tackles for loss against USC
    • Stanford's 17-7 first-half deficit was its largest on the season
    • Stanford entered the game ranked 14th nationally in pass sacks allowed (1.0/game); the Cardinal did not surrender a sack against USC

    Senior RB Tyler Gaffney

    • 158 yards on 24 rushing attempts
    • Seventh career 100-yard rushing output
    • Fifth straight 100-yard rushing outing
    • Tied for second-best in program history: Toby Gerhart - 7 (2009), Stepfan Taylor - 5 (2010)
    • 35-yard rushing touchdown in first quarter was third score in as many trips to the Coliseum (2009, 2011, 2013); 26th career rushing touchdown (fourth-best in school history)
    Fifth-Year Senior ILB Shayne Skov
    • Team-high nine tackles

    Fifth-Year Senior OLB Trent Murphy

    • Eight tackles, 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss
    • Moved into third on Stanford's career sacks list (29.5)
    • Moved into sixth on Stanford's career tackle for loss list (47.0)

    Junior QB Kevin Hogan

    • 14 of 25 passing for 127 yards and two interceptions

    Junior WR Ty Montgomery

    • 108 all-purpose yards
    • 14 rushing, 23 receiving, 71 kickoff return