NCAAF Week 2: #14 Stanford @ #6 USC

Tammy Harvey
September 11, 2017

"I've built up this rivalry with Stanford in my head". "It's very important to have a test that early in the season that proves every suspicion and proves our ambitions of what can come true".

The Stanford offense found some momentum after USC scored with 10 minutes left in the game. If you don't jump aboard soon, it's going to leave the station.

But the Trojans held Stanford to three touchdowns, and only one after the half, and Stanford coach David Shaw didn't quite know what hurt the most. Darnold returned to 2016 form with a smooth, poised performance against a vaunted conference opponent, while the Trojans' receivers appear to be much more reliable than Helton feared. USC gave up a season-high 302 yards rushing in last year's 27-10 loss. They might get a big game from him and NOT win as well.

Their defensive front spent much of the second half in Stanford's backfield, pressuring quarterback Keller Chryst and stuffing Bryce Love, who had a 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter but did little thereafter.

"He reminds you of (former NFL All-Pro) Jamaal Charles", Shaw said. He's gotten bigger since past year.

"I would's hard to say we played to our standard", Phillips said. Carr made a splash in his collegiate debut, rushing for a pair of touchdowns. Cameron Scarlett also contributed three touchdowns.

By the fourth quarter, the Southern California offensive line could see the physical and psychological effects of a bruising running game had taken on the opposing defense.

And the Trojans just kept running - they passed the 200-yard mark early in the fourth quarter, thereby avoiding the mistake of previous USC teams that abandoned the run against Stanford.

Run-stoppers will play central roles in Saturday's affair, and both Stanford and USC feature some of the Pac-12's best. Studying film during the week, Darnold said, the Cardinal "showed their colors" as far as defensive schemes, resulting in consistent Trojans success on first downs.

Smith missed the first half of last week's game while serving a one-half suspension due to a targeting penalty in the Rose Bowl.

His touchdown to put USC up 42-24 with four minutes left on the clock capped off an unbelievable performance. Phillips sets the tone up front, with upperclassmen Peter Kalambayi, Sean Barton, Joey Alferi and Bobby Okereke at linebacker. Getting Jones on track would be a huge plus for USC as it looks to slow down the Stanford pass rush. When Jim Harbaugh was on the Farm, he definitely notched up the intensity, with "what's your deal" joining the ranks of college football lore (in fact, there is an entire media industry trying to determine what Harbaugh's deal is).

"I've been playing Stanford for going on four years now", safety Chris Hawkins said. These projections like USC to win, but Stanford against the spread.

Winning on the road has remained a theme for Stanford football in the past decade. Stanford has won three in a row and eight out of the last 11 matchups against the Trojans.

LOS ANGELES - At times it looked like John Elway was back in a Stanford football game, dancing to elude pass rushers and firing darts to his receivers.

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