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Watching USC clobber Stanford 42-0

USC slipped to #9 last week after their loss to Oregon State. This ruined their undefeated record and has all but dashed their hopes of a national championship. Having watched them all season, it was bound to happen; they haven't been in national championship form all season (some still are trying to conceive of national-championship scenarios for USC). But that doesn't mean it wasn't nice to know that they would next face Stanford. What better team to lift one's spirits than the 0-8 Cardinal. Navy clobbered Stanford this season. I've watched Navy football my whole life, but I had never seen them roll over a team like they did Stanford. If Stanford can make Navy look like national champions... Stanford is also a great opponent because you can walk into their stadium with a "Beat Stanford" pin and be in the majority. I gave away a ticket to a group of Stanford fans who thanked me by saying that they were happy to help improve our national championship hopes.

My parents were in town for the USC vs. Stanford game and we had a great time. Our seats were front row on the goal line: I enjoyed seeing QB Mark Sanchez's dive for his first college touchdown for USC; my mom enjoyed the baton twirlers, marching band, and cheerleaders. My parents also got some education in USC marching band songs -- the V-for-victory hand sign, "U... C... L... A... sucks". I especially liked the addition of "Snakes on a Plane" to their usual playlist.

Stanford didn't stand a chance. Three second-quarter TDs put USC up 28-0 at half. Hoping to at least put at least 3 points on the board, Stanford managed to drive within field goal range in the 3rd quarter. Instead of erasing the shutout, USC blocked the field goal and ran it back for a touchdown. It was a well-coached block: after Sedrick Ellis blocked the kick, Terrell Thomas ran over to pickup the ball while the rest of the team was already running down field to setup blocks; Thomas was able to run behind a sea of USC players all the way for the TD.

USC 42, Stanford 0

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