9USC
16Stanford
45 - 23 Final
  for this game

Strong second half lifts USC past Stanford

Nov 16, 2008 - 5:16 AM PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- C.J. Gable and Stafon Johnson each scored two touchdowns to lead No. 6 Southern California to a 45-23 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Gable returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and ran for a TD while Johnson added a pair of rushing TDs in the second half to help the Trojans avenge last season's home loss to the Cardinal.

Stanford (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) kept things close in the first half, out-gaining USC, 210-90. The Cardinal rushed for 153 yards in the first half, but had to settle for a 17-17 tie after Gable's kickoff return.

Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes for the Trojans (9-1, 7-1), who outscored the Cardinal in the second half, 28-6.

With the win, USC remained one of two teams in the Pac-10 with one conference loss. Oregon State (7-3, 6-1) is the other and has the edge in the race for a BCS bowl.

The Beavers own the tiebreaker in the conference based on a head-to-head 27-21 victory over the Trojans in September.

USC is sixth in the BCS standings and not only has work left to do in conference, but needs help if it wants a shot at the national title as well.

But the Trojans could not afford another loss, and they came out fired up for the second half.

"It was a really interesting night tonight," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "The first half I thought was really dominated by Stanford. We hung with it but they did a really nice job of running the ball and making some plays."

USC racked up 330 yards, including 243 on the ground, in the second half. Stanford managed just 150 yards over the final two quarters, and its only second-half points came on an 18-yard TD pass from Alex Loukas to Austin Gunder as time expired.

"You have to give USC a lot of credit defensively," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We knew going in this is a team that has given up one touchdown in their last five games, two in the last six, 13 points in the last three games. They're a good football team defensively."

Gable added a 3-yard run early in the fourth and Sanchez helped ice the game with a 50-yard touchdown pass to fullback Stanley Havili.

"Our offensive line came out and blocked so much better and was so much more effective. We really started going after it and figured it out and I think just did a fantastic job," Carroll said. "Defensively, the guys came through and just stopped them series after series after series and it wasn't like that early on. We did great, had a great second half."








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (6) 3 14 7 21 45
    STANFORD 10 7 0 6 23 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: STANFORD - TD, TOBY GERHART 4 YD RUN (AARON
    ZAGORY KICK), 3:56. STANFORD
    7-0
    USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 37 YD, 5:10.
    STANFORD 7-3
    STANFORD - FG, AARON ZAGORY 38 YD, 13:40.
    STANFORD 10-3
    2ND QUARTER: USC

    Nov 15 10:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD STANFORD
    AUSTIN GUNDER 18 YD PASS FROM ALEX LOUKAS
    USC (6) 45
    STANFORD 23 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(6) 45, Stanford 23  End of Reg.Nov 15 10:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 45
    STANFORD 17 1:23 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(6) 45, Stanford 17  4th - 1:23Nov 15 10:01 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    STANLEY HAVILI 50 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 38
    STANFORD 17 7:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(6) 38, Stanford 17  4th - 7:35Nov 15 9:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    C.J. GABLE 3 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 31
    STANFORD 17 11:46 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(6) 31, Stanford 17  4th - 11:46Nov 15 9:34 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (6) 3 14 7 24
    STANFORD 10 7 0 17 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: STANFORD - TD, TOBY GERHART 4 YD RUN (AARON
    ZAGORY KICK), 3:56. STANFORD
    7-0
    USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 37 YD, 5:10.
    STANFORD 7-3
    STANFORD - FG, AARON ZAGORY 38 YD, 13:40.
    STANFORD 10-3
    2

    Nov 15 9:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    STAFON JOHNSON 7 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 24
    STANFORD 17 2:36 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    USC(6) 24, Stanford 17  3rd - 2:36Nov 15 9:18 PM
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    USC(6) 17, Stanford 17  3rd - 7:50Nov 15 9:08 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (6) 3 14 17
    STANFORD 10 7 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: STANFORD - TD, TOBY GERHART 4 YD RUN (AARON
    ZAGORY KICK), 3:56. STANFORD
    7-0
    USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 37 YD, 5:10.
    STANFORD 7-3
    STANFORD - FG, AARON ZAGORY 38 YD, 13:40.
    STANFORD 10-3
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    Nov 15 8:23 PM
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    USC(6) 17, Stanford 17  2nd - 1:41Nov 15 8:19 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    C.J. GABLE 94 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 17
    STANFORD 17 4:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    USC(6) 17, Stanford 17  2nd - 4:15Nov 15 8:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD STANFORD
    ANTHONY KIMBLE 1 YD RUN
    (AARON ZAGORY KICK)
    USC (6) 10
    STANFORD 17 4:29 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    USC(6) 10, Stanford 17  2nd - 4:29Nov 15 8:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    DAMIAN WILLIAMS 5 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (6) 10
    STANFORD 10 6:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    USC(6) 10, Stanford 10  2nd - 6:47Nov 15 7:59 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (6) 3 3
    STANFORD 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: STANFORD - TD, TOBY GERHART 4 YD RUN (AARON
    ZAGORY KICK), 3:56. STANFORD
    7-0
    USC - FG, DAVID BUEHLER 37 YD, 5:10.
    STANFORD 7-3
    STANFORD - FG, AARON ZAGORY 38 YD, 13:40.
    STANFORD 10-3

    Nov 15 7:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG STANFORD
    AARON ZAGORY 38 YD
    USC (6) 3
    STANFORD 10 1:20 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(6) 3, Stanford 10  1st - 1:20Nov 15 7:39 PM


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    DAVID BUEHLER 37 YD
    USC (6) 3
    STANFORD 7 9:50 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(6) 3, Stanford 7  1st - 9:50Nov 15 7:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD STANFORD
    TOBY GERHART 4 YD RUN
    (AARON ZAGORY KICK)
    USC (6) 0
    STANFORD 7 11:04 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(6) 0, Stanford 7  1st - 11:04Nov 15 7:14 PM
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