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USC looks to bounce back at Stanford

Oct 31, 2006 - 9:52 PM No. 9 USC (6-1) at Stanford (0-8), 7:00 pm EST

PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) - After a stunning defeat, Southern California doubtless is pleased to be facing Stanford this week.

The ninth-ranked Trojans look to rebound Saturday when they visit the winless Cardinal in a Pac-10 Conference contest.

Southern California (6-1, 4-1 Pac-10) had a 38-game regular-season winning streak and Pac-10-record 27-game conference tear come to an end with a 33-31 loss to Oregon State in Corvallis last Saturday.

The Trojans stormed back from a 33-10 deficit late in the third quarter, pulling within two points on a two-yard touchdown pass from John David Booty to Steve Smith with seven seconds left. But Booty's two-point conversion pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, finalizing just USC's third loss in 54 games.

Smith was sensational in defeat, catching 11 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while Booty passed for 406 yards and three TDs with one interception in the Trojans' final game outside the state of California this season.

This should be a bit of a breather for USC, which hosts ranked teams Oregon, California and Notre Dame in the next three weeks before concluding its season at UCLA.

Stanford (0-8, 0-5), which has looked woeful in its second season under Walt Harris, has not played since a 38-3 setback at Arizona State on October 21.

Making his first start of the campaign in place of senior Trent Edwards (broken foot), T.C. Ostrander completed just 7-of-25 passes for 66 yards with an interception as the Cardinal mustered just 145 total yards.

The Trojans have won the last four meetings with the Cardinal.

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