USC Falls to No. 7 Stanford, 27-10|
Sept. 17, 2016
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Max Browne passed for 191 yards on Saturday night, as the USC Trojans fell 27-10 to the Stanford Cardinal.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had three catches for 34 yards, but the Trojans struggled to stretch the field throughout the game.
Stanford drew most of the USC defense into the box with a steady dose of inside runs before receiver Michael Rector went 56 yards for a touchdown on a reverse with 3:26 left in the third quarter to make it 27-10. Running back Christian McCaffrey had 260 all-purpose yards.
''Sometimes when the game's on the line, we're OK getting 5, 5, 5, 12, 5, 4 yards a pop if that's what it takes to win and that's what they're giving us,'' said McCaffrey.
The Cardinal (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) have now won seven of nine against the Trojans, the best nine-game stretch for the Cardinal in the history of a rivalry that covers 96 games and more 111 years.
USC (0-1 Pac-12) is 1-2 for the first time since 2000, when the Trojans started 1-4 in Pete Carroll's debut season as coach.
USC: The Trojans have a short week of preparation to get ready for another road game against a smash-mouth team. USC plays at Utah on Friday night.
Stanford: This was the start of the toughest stretch of the season for the Cardinal. UCLA is up first next week. Stanford has owned the Bruins lately, winning eight straight meetings. After that, Stanford has its own quick turnaround road game on a Friday night at No. 8 Washington.