Stanford 21, Southern California 14

Date - Saturday, September 15, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Stanford Stadium
Attendance - 50360

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern California 7 7 0 0 14
Stanford 7 0 7 7 21

Recap


No. 16 Stanford 21, No. 3 Southern California 14: Stepfan Taylor rushed for 156 yards and a score and caught a touchdown pass, and Josh Nunes rebounded from a rocky first half to throw two touchdown passes in the final 15:10 as Stanford won its fourth straight against USC for the first time in the series that dates to 1905. 

The Trojans (2-1) had scored 30 points in 10 consecutive games, but star quarterback Matt Barkley and the offense had a tough time moving the ball against the Cardinal. They managed just 276 total yards, went 0-for-12 on third-down conversions and committed three turnovers. Barkley led USC across midfield on its final possession before he was sacked twice and the Trojans turned it over on downs.

Taylor broke a 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to tie it at 7 and picked his way through traffic for a 23-yard score on a screen pass from Nunes to tie it at 14 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter. He also had a team-high four catches for 61 yards.

Nunes made big plays with his arm and his legs, including a 12-yard scramble on third-and-10 that set up his 37-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Cardinal a 21-14 lead with 10:20 left.

Penn State transfer Silas Redd scored both USC touchdowns on 1-yard runs, but the Trojans managed just 23 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Stanford coach David Shaw joined Chuck Taylor (1951-52) as the only coaches in school history to start 3-0 in their first two seasons. … The Cardinal improved to 6-2 at home against ranked opponents since 2009, including a 2-2 mark against top-10 teams. … The Trojans allowed eight sacks all of last season but have given up eight through three games, including five Saturday. 

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:40
Southern California   TD  Stanford 0 - Southern California 7
1st Quarter - 6:43
Stanford   TD  Stanford 7 - Southern California 7
2nd Quarter - 11:19
Southern California   TD  Stanford 7 - Southern California 14
3rd Quarter - 0:10
Stanford   TD  Stanford 14 - Southern California 14
4th Quarter - 10:20
Stanford   TD  Stanford 21 - Southern California 14
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern California Stanford
W/L 2 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern California Stanford
Score 14 21
First Downs 15 22
3rd Down Efficiency 1-for-13
8%
5-for-14
36%
4th Down Efficiency 3-for-5
60%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 272 417
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 28-18 37-202
Average/Rush 0.6 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 20-41 15-32
Passing Yards 254 215
Average/Pass Play 5.6 6.7
Penalties-Yards 7-73 8-68
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Time of Possession 28:05 31:55

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Barkley 20/41 254 0 2
Stanford (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Nunes 15/32 215 2 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. McNeal 7 37 5.3 0
S. Redd 13 17 1.3 2
S. Vainuku 2 6 3.0 0
M. Barkley 6 -42 -7.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Taylor 27 153 5.7 1
J. Nunes 3 33 11.0 0
K. Young 1 11 11.0 0
A. Wilkerson 2 9 4.5 0
R. Hewitt 2 6 3.0 0
T. Montgomery 1 -11 -11.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Lee 8 100 12.5 0
N. Agholor 3 77 25.7 0
R. Woods 4 38 9.5 0
R. Telfer 4 20 5.0 0
X. Grimble 1 19 19.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
Z. Ertz 3 71 23.7 1
S. Taylor 5 60 12.0 1
L. Toilolo 3 47 15.7 0
D. Terrell 1 13 13.0 0
T. Montgomery 2 13 6.5 0
R. Hewitt 1 11 11.0 0