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Phew, USC beats Stanford

USC 10  7  7  7 31
STA 7 21 0 0 28

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I love going to USC games. I haven't been to any home games, but their games at Stanford are great events. There are enough USC fans that it seems like a home game, and the USC marching band does performances both before and after the game to keep the USC fans entertained. You also have to like a team where even the head coach is playing catch during warm-up, and the football players come over the USC section to salute them.

Last time I saw USC play Stanford in person, USC stomped the Cardinal 49-17 (2002), and given that today's line was 22 points, I was expecting a similar experience as two years ago. Man was I wrong.

USC went up early, but Stanford picked away at the lead with a pass attack and good punt returns. USC also made its share of mistakes, including allowing an 82 yard touchdown on the final play of the first half on a run where Stanford was just trying to run out the clock. Even when USC forced fumbles, Stanford seemed to recovered (3-0). As the game went into halftime I was shocked to see Stanford up 28-17.

The second half was a different story. Reggie Bush seemed to wake up -- his punt returns looked like someone was hitting the spin button on Madden and his running game went from backwards to 5+ yards/carry. USC scored two touchdowns in the second half and could have scored three (they ran the clock out), and their offense gained control over the game.

It helped that Buddy Teevens seemed eager to coach Stanford out of the game. Despite having no evidence of a running game in the first half, Stanford kept going to the running game in a failed attempt to run some time off the clock. If he had stuck with the successful passing game, who knows, but instead Stanford kept going three and out, which gave USC plenty of time and opportunity to catch up.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
Southern CalUSC  RYAN KILLEEN 23 YD FG  10:40Southern Cal 3-0
Southern CalUSC  STEVE SMITH 2 YD PASS FROM MATT LEINART (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)  5:36Southern Cal 10-0
StanfordSTAN  EVAN MOORE 3 YD PASS FROM TRENT EDWARDS (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)  0:45Southern Cal 10-7
Second Quarter
StanfordSTAN  PATRICK DANAHY 2 YD PASS FROM TRENT EDWARDS (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)  6:03Stanford 14-10
StanfordSTAN  KYLE MATTER 11 YD RUN (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)  3:00Stanford 21-10
Southern CalUSC  REGGIE BUSH 17 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)  0:52Stanford 21-17
StanfordSTAN  J.R. LEMON 82 YD RUN (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)  0:00Stanford 28-17
Third Quarter
Southern CalUSC  MATT LEINART 1 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)  3:06Stanford 28-24
Fourth Quarter
Southern CalUSC  LENDALE WHITE 2 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)  6:15Southern Cal 31-28


SOUTHERN CAL
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Reggie Bush16955.9171
LenDale White11242.271
Hershel Dennis111.010
Matt Leinart4-16-4.021

STANFORD
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
J.R. Lemon10969.6821
Kenneth Tolon9262.9100
Trent Edwards10111.1190
Kyle Matter11111.0111

PASSINGCP-ATYDSTDINTRTG
Matt Leinart24-3030810177.2

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PASSINGCP-ATYDSTDINTRTG
Trent Edwards23-3518321122.8

RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Smith815319.1511
Dwayne Jarrett55410.8160
Reggie Bush4256.2150
Alex Holmes22914.5250
Chris McFoy22814.0150
David Kirtman242.030
Fred Davis11515.0150

RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
Evan Moore5479.4201
Alex Smith5459.0170
Justin McCullum5367.2100
Mark Bradford4307.5130
David Marrero3237.790
Patrick Danahy122.021

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INTERCEPTIONSNOYDSAVGLGTD
Kevin Arbet16666.0660

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PUNTINGNOAVGTBLG
Tom Malone340.3057
Total Yards: T. Malone 121.
PUNTINGNOAVGTBLG
Jay Ottovegio542.4050
Total Yards: J. Ottovegio 212.

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PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGLGTD
Reggie Bush23517.5330
Greig Carlson155.050

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PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGLGTD
David Marrero3227.3120

KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGLGTD
Reggie Bush48521.2290

KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGLGTD
T.J. Rushing411629.0540
Marcus McCutcheon13131.0310

TEAM STATISTICSUSCSTAN
FIRST DOWNS
  Rushing
  Passing
  Penalty
23
9
12
2
17
7
10
0
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY7-12-58%9-16-56%
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY0-0-0%1-2-50%
TOTAL NET YARDS
  Total offensive plays
  Average gain per play
407
66
6.2
327
68
4.8
NET YARDS RUSHING
  Rushing Attempts
  Average gain per rush
99
34
2.9
144
30
4.8
NET YARDS PASSING
  Completions-Attempts
  Net yards per pass play
  Times sacked: Number-Yards
  Had intercepted
308
24-30
9.6
2--19
0
183
23-35
4.8
3--28
1
PUNTS: Number-Yards
  Average
3-121
40.3
5-212
42.4
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE
  Punt Returns: Number-Yards
  Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
  Interception Returns: Number-Yards
106
3-40
4-85
1-66
22
3-22
5-147
0-0
PENALTIES: Number-Yards
2-20
6-35
FUMBLES: Number-Lost
3-1
3-0
TIME OF POSSESSION
28:03
30:59

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