10th Ranked USC Trojans Attack the Farm and Manhandle Stanford Cardinal in Last Conference Visit 41-28

USC quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs for some daylight as defensive edge player Stephen Herron (15) gives chase at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

STANFORD, Calf.–The #10  “Men of Troy” from the University of Southern California did not need a Trojan Horse to invade Stanford Stadium, as they say Goodbye in dominating fashion, 41-28 over the Cardinal in front of a national television audience, 43, 813 fans and a few Stanford sports legends

As in the Cardinal game against Colgate, there was a quick score within the first minutes of play; however, this time it was the now conference foe getting into the endzone.  Stanford’s junior captain quarterback, Tanner McKee, threw an interception to USC’s junior free safety, Max Williams. 

The Trojans turned that gift into a touchdown in less than three minutes of game play, on a five-yard touchdown pass by sophomore sensation, quarterback, Caleb Williams, to freshman tight end, Lake McKee.

Nearly five minute later, Stanford and the Cardinal faithful thought the game was all tied up at 7, but the TD was overturned after review.  After a defensive penalty on Stanford’s field goal attempt, the Cardinal brought the offense back on the field for a fourth down attempt to score a tying touchdown.  That turned into a disastrous scenario, as McKee threw another interception in the endzone.

“So two tipped interceptions, both in scoring position, and then fumbled the ball inside the 5 yard line. I mean, that’s the ballgame. You don’t come back from that against a good football team. You’re taking away 21 points. At the minimum those are two touchdowns inside the 5 yard line and a field goal; at minimum it’s 17 points.”  Said Stanford Head Coach David Shaw.

“Now we could’ve put 17 points on the board in the first half, a different ballgame.  So those are momentum killers, and those are the fastest way to lose a football game is to turn the ball over,” added Shaw.

USC parlayed that miscue into another touchdown pass by their quarterback, this time on a 22-yard connection to junior wide receiver Jordan Addison.

After going down 14-0, still in the first quarter, Stanford gets on the scoreboard, on a 3-yard touchdown pass by McKee to junior running back, E.J. Smith, with less than a minute left in the initial quarter.

That was too much time for the Trojans, as they scored on a 75-yard bomb from Williams to Jordan Addison, for the second time.  After one, 21-7 USC.

The second stanza opened on a downer for the Cardinal, because EJ Williams fumbled nearly three minutes into the quarter, and USC capitalized on this turnover too.  Caleb Williams threw his fourth touchdown, this one to sophomore receiver, Mario Williams.

EJ Smith scampered into the endzone, redeeming himself, and cutting the Trojans lead in half, 28-14.

USC was not finished scoring, when Trojans’ senior running back, Travis Dye, ran into the endzone on a 26-yard carry, with about two and half minutes to go in the half.  After 30 minutes, 35-14 Trojans.

The third quarter had less action, with the only scoring coming from Southern Cal’s freshman place kicker, Denis Lynch, converting 2/3 of his attempts, adding six more points to the Trojans tally.  41-14, USC.

The final fourth of the game, Stanford scored twice (two 2-yard TD’s), by junior Casey Filkins and McKee with a QB sneak.

After the final whistle, the Trojans from the South were the victors, with a 13-point margin over the Cardinal of the North. USC 41, Stanford 28.

Cardinal Running back E.J. Williams didn’t have the explosive game he had last week, but did gain 88 rushing yards and 26 receiving, while scoring a touchdown in each format; however, he fumbled twice in crucial possessions.  QB Tanner McKee threw for 220 yard and scored on a passing TD and rushing TD, but gave the opponent two interceptions.

USC quarterback Caleb Williams dominated the game with gaudy numbers: 341 passing yards and 4 touchdown tosses.  His favorite target was receiver Jordan Addison 8(7) targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns

Stanford has a bye next week, while USC hosts Fresno State.

USC and UCLA will be leaving the PAC 12 for the Big !0, so this marks the last visit for the Trojans on the Farm and/or Stanford Stadium as a member of the Pacific 12 Conference.  A great deal of history was halted today, although they may still meet in non-conference games.

Cardinal greats, such as former quarterback, Andrew Luck, current Women’s basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer and former forward, Nneka Ogwumike were honored during the game.

Luck is going into the College Football Hall of Fame, while Ogwumike and VanDerveer are inducted into Stanford University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

NCAA podcast with Michelle Richardson: Abuse and disrespect by Hawaii’s Graham gets him out of program; 7 Georgia players leaving for the NFL; plus much more

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors head coach Todd Graham resigns from the Hawaii program after complaints of abuse and disrespect from current and former players on Sat Jan 15, 2022 (file photo Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

On the NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1 Hawaii head coach Todd Graham had resigned from his post after it was reported that Graham had been accused of being disrespectful and abusive to past and current players on the team. It was also reported that several current players were leaving the program and that Hawaii had their bowl game canceled due to a Covid 19 outbreak.

#2 Safety Lewis Cine, LB Nakobe Dean, WR George Pickens, OL Jamaree Salyer and DL Travon Walker running backs Zamir White and James Cook are all leaving the Georgia Bulldogs program to join the 2022 NFL draft. The players were key in helping the Bulldogs beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Title.

#3 The UCLA Bruins have extended the contract of head coach Chip Kelly, Kelly who was in the last year of his contract got a four year extension. Kelly and the Bruins went 8-4 in the 2021 season and they were set to meet NC State in the Holiday Bowl but the game was scratched due to Covid 19 outbreaks amongst the Bruins players.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Join Michelle Richardson for NCAA podcast commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Bears close out football season with 24-14 home win over Trojans

Southern California cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart (6) loses his helmet as he pushes California tight end Jake Tonges (85) out of bounds on Sat Dec 4, 2021 at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, December 4, 2021

California wrapped up its 2021 football season on a winning note Sarturday night at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, as the Golden Bears upended Southern California 24-14, completing the Pac-12 slate for both schools.

The Bears’ offense wasn’t overwhelming, but good enough. Christopher Brooks led the Cal ballcarriers with 41 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns. Chase Garbers completed 18 of 21 passes for 183 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and was sacked three times for 15 yards. Trevon Clark caught five passes for 65 yards, and Kekoa Crawford caught four passes for 22 yards.

Vavae Malepeai was the Trojans’ top rusher with 107 yards on 18 attempts. Quarterback Jaxson Darr completed 17 of 26 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and was sacked once. Michael Jackson III caught six passes for 73 yards, Kyle Ford snared five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and Tahj Washington caught five passes for 57 tards.

Cal (5-7) opened the scoring late in the first quarter, when Dario Longhetto booted a 27-yard field goal. The Trojans (4-8) took a 7-3 lead at 9:46 of the second quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Darr to Ford.

The Golden Bears surged ahead to stay at 10-7 on Brooks’ 1-yard scoring run at 4:54 of the second quarter. Just 48 seconds later, Cal extended it’s lead with a stroke of luck. After Darwin Barlow gained two yards and fumbled on a 3rd-and-2 from the Bears’ 47, teammate Trey Paster picked up the loose ball and ran 55 yards for a Cal touchdown, giving the Bears a 17-7 halftime lead.

Cal extended its lead to 24-7 at 6:30 of the fourth quarter when Brooks scored his second touchdown of the night, a 2-yard run.

USC cut its deficit to 24-14 on a 30-yard Miller Moss touchdowbn pass to K.D. Nixon with 1:53 remaining in the game.

Dart was knocked out in the third quarter due to an apparent concussion. The loss ended the term of interim coach Donte Williams, who took over after Clay Helton was fired earlier this season. Lincoln Riley was recently hired to get the one-time power back on track.

Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cal hopes for victory against USC to close out 2021 regular season

Cal Bears head coach Justin Wilcox (center) as seen in this Sat Oct 30, 2021 file photo against the Oregon State Beavers has prepared his team to face the USC Trojans for this Sat Dec 4, 2021 at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley in the final game of the regular season (AP News file photo)

On the Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, things have been going well for the Cal Bears (4-7) they have won three of their last five games and have recovered nicely since they had that run with Covid with a little over half the team was on the Covid list and they took that tough loss to the Arizona Wildcats (1-11) back on 10-3.

#2 The Bears had a bye week and then met the Stanford Cardinal (3-9) and crushed them in their own Stadium on Sat Nov 20th 41-11 in the Big Game.

#3 Then there was the Bears last game last Sat Nov 27 at UCLA (8-4) where Cal got crushed 42-14, Bears quarterback Chase Garbers struggled to get throws in the end zone and the Cal offense were victims of three and outs.

#4 The Bears defense spent a lot of time on the field against the Bruins and that defense had a hard time trying to stop the Bruins from moving down field.

#5 So the Bears try and go back to the drawing board as they host the USC Trojans (4-7) in a make up game that was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak on the Cal football team. The Trojans lost their last game in a narrow contest against BYU 35-31 at USC. Daniel how do you see the Bears and Trojans matching up this Saturday at Cal.

Daniel did the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford overwhelmed in season finale 45-14

Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw takes in the first half action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sat Nov 27, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (AP News photo)

Stanford Overwhelmed In Season Finale 45-14

By Barbara Mason

The Stanford Cardinal (3-9) were completely overwhelmed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1). The Fighting Irish scored in every quarter to easily dismiss Stanford 45-14.

Saturday the Cardinal finished up their 2021 season against the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame comes into this game with a 10-1 record while Stanford has a 3-8 record having struggled for most of this season. While the Fighting Irish do not have home field advantage they do have a 20.5 point advantage in the spread.

Stanford is coming off a pretty good thumping at the hands of the California Bears losing 41-11. Notre Dame is sailing through this season after most recentlyr beating Georgia Tech in a blowout 55-0.

The first two quarters featured the Fighting Irish at their finest. In the first quarter Notre Dame took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Jack Coan found Braden Lenzy for 16 yards and the first touchdown of the game.

Notre Dame was saving their best for last scoring two more touchdowns and tacking on a field goal in the second quarter to lead at the half 24-0. Notre Dame was in full control of this game. Quarterback Jack Coan had a great half.

Coan had thrown 18-23 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand Stanford was rendered helpless with Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee 6-9 for a horrendous nine yards. They were outplayed at every turn. The closest that Stanford got in this game was an attempted field goal that had the distance but just missed. It was all Notre Dame in the first half.

Stanford got a real boost to start the third quarter. McKee marched his team downfield culminating in an Austin Jones five yard run to get up on the board 24-7. While this was a great start in the second half for Stanford, their defense was unable to contain Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish answered the Cardinal score with one of their own. Four plays for 75 yards and quarterback Jack Coan rushed for a one yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead.

The Fighting Irish had scored in every quarter in this game. They extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Tyler Buchner had a 33 yard romp for Notre Dame”s fifth touchdown of the game. Trailing by the score of 38-7 the Cardinal hopes of a major upset were dashed.

The Cardinal did score a second rushing touchdown but it was just too little too late. It was the longest play of the game for Stanford. A McKee pass to Benjamin Yurosek for 49 yards and the touchdown. The Cardinal trailed 38-14.

Notre Dame would score one more time before the clock ran out for the 45-14 final score. This has been a nightmare season for the Cardinal. It is the worst year they have had in 15 years and it was a miserable ending to a disappointing season.

It was very hard on the players as well as the coaching staff headed by David Shaw.. This is Shaw’s 11th year as Director of Football, and he is the winningest coach in Stanford history. This had to be a real punch in the gut season for Shaw. So the season is over and the program looks ahead to 2022 and a new start.

Not much fun on the farm for Stanford in 41-11 loss

California’s quarterback Chase Garbers (7) gets away from Stanford’s Tristian Sinclair during the first half of action at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto during the Big Game on Sat Nov 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

Not Much Fun On the Farm For Stanford In 41-11 Loss

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the age old matchup between the Stanford Cardinal (3-8) and the California Bears (4-6) took place at Stanford stadium. Last year the Cardinal took the “Big Game” the 123rd by the score of 24-23 passing the Axe to Stanford. In 2019 the Bears won the game 24-20 and Cal made it two years in row with a convincing 41-11 win at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

This game had a start that neither team wanted to see. Stanford’s Tanner McKee threw an interception on their first possession and in the next possession, the Bears fumbled the ball deep in their own territory. Stanford had the ball first and goal and was unable to convert on fourth down giving the ball back to Cal.

Mid-way through the first quarter California got a great drive going. Cal Quarterback Chase Garbers completed one pass after another driving deep into Stanford territory. Following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Garbers threw his second interception of the game undoing a textbook perfect drive.

The first quarter was a symphony of errors for both teams. In four possessions there had been three turnovers.

The final minutes of the opening quarter saw Stanford drive downfield deep into Cal territory with another first and goal. For the second time in this game Stanford went on fourth and goal and failed again. It was another great defensive effort by the Cal Bears. Cal struck first in this game. Garbers found Trevon Clark for 84 yards and the Bears took a 7-0 lead. With a lot of game left to go, Cal was having an extraordinary defensive game.

The Bears continued their relentless onslaught offensively as Garbers drove downfield mixing it up running and through the air finding Christopher Brooks in the end zone for one yard and the touchdown. The Bears had extended their lead to 14-0. Just before the half Stanford would kick a 31 yard field goal to get up on the board 14-3.

California would pick up in the third quarter where they left off in the first half. They did have a first and goal but had to settle for a 23 yard field goal and a 17-3 lead. The Bears would tack on a second field goal , this one for 33 yards and Cal kicker Dario Longhetto was perfect for the game.

As this game wore on it became very evident that the Bears came to play exploding with one great offensive play after another As the clock began to wind down on the third quarter Cal running back Marcel Dancy scampered for 76 yards and another Cal touchdown. Cal now led 27-3 rendering Stanford helpless and unable to get much going.

Going into the fourth quarter Stanford had an insurmountable mountain to climb and the Bears showed no sign of letting down. The Cardinal put together a nice drive to score their first touchdown of the game in the early minutes of the fourth quarter. Stanford would attempt a 2-pt conversion which was good cutting their deficit to 27-11 with 12:48 left in the game.

Cal’s Marcel Dancy rushed for two yards to extend the Bears lead to 34-11. This was his second touchdown of the game. The Bears got a slow start but once they got going there was no stopping them. With ten minutes left in the game Cal had 590 total yards to Stanfords 276 total yards.

With five minutes left in the game California was on the Stanford five yard line first and goal. Chris Street scored his first career touchdown and it became evident that Cal came in to inflict some real pain and take back the Ax. This was Cal’s best game this season on both sides of the ball. With the Bears leading 41-11 and five minutes left this game was one for the history books as well as some stunning records.

With 3:35 left in the game the Bears nailed the coffin shut with another interception. Students began to line up for the ceremonial passing of the Ax which went to the Ca Bears this year.

Cal had a team total of an amazing 636 yards to Stanfords 290. The Bears simply outplayed Stanford offensively and defensively. Despite their season this game will be the highlight for Cal no matter what happens moving forward and for Stanford the game was a real low that will continue until these two teams meet again in 2022 for the 125th “Big Game” looking to take back the Ax.

Stanford will take on 10-1 Notre Dame next Saturday Nov 27. At the time of this post, kickoff is still to be determined.

Arizona defeats COVID-decimated Bears 10-3, snaps 20-game skid

The Cal Bears Ethan Saunders defensive end (99) gets a sack on the Arizona Wildcats quarterback (10) Will Plummer on Sat Nov 6, 2021 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson (Cal Bears photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, November 6, 2021

Arizona (1-8) took advantage of a COVID-19-depleated California (3-6) roster and defeated the Golden Bears 10-3 Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., snapping the Wildcats’ 20-game losing streak.

The Golden Bears (3-6) were without starting quarterback Chase Garbers, three starting offensive linemen, and three defensive starters, all held out of the game for testing positive. In addition, Cal assistant coaches Geep Chryst, Andrew Browning, Angus McClure and Tre Watson also tested positive and did not travel with the team, according to ESPN.

Cal issued a statement on Friday, announcing that 99 percent of its roster was vaccinated. The combination of positive tests and injuries reportedly left the Golden Bears with 42 scholarship players for the Pac-12 game.

The Golden Bears had two positive COVID tests earlier in the week, and the city of Berkeley then required the entire team to be tested on Wednesday, revealing the outbreak.

The COVID outbreak had a direct effect on the Bears’ offense. With the starting center, left guard and left tackle sidelined, backup quarterback Ryan Glover – a transfer from Western Carolina – completed 11-of-29 passes for 94 yards and was sacked four times. To compound matters, Cal gained only 28 total rushing yards on 24 carries.

After a scoreless first half, Arizona (1-8) took the first lead of the game on a 29-yard field goal by Tyler Loop with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter. Cal tied the game at 3-3 four minutes later when Nick Lopez, filling in for Dario Longhetto, booted a 34-yard field goal.

Arizona surged ahead with 2:21 remaining in the fourth quartert on Michael Wileuy’s 30-yard touchdown run.

The Wildcats’ top two quarterbacks, Jordan McCloud ad Gunner Cruz, were already out for the season. Three backups, Will Plummer, Jamarye Joiner and Luke Ashworth, each attemped at least one pass. Plummer had all 16 of Arizona’s completed passes on 28 attempts for 129 yards and one of three Wildcat passes intercepted.

Next Saturday, the Golden Bears return home to host Southern California (4-5).

Ducks hold off late Cal threat, wins 24-17

Ducks can fly the Oregon Ducks running back Travis Dye (26) takes a high dive into the end zone sailing over Cal Bears safety Daniel Scott (32) in the second quarter on Fri Oct 15, 2021 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (AP News photo) 

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, October 15, 2021

A late rally by California Bears fell short on Friday night against Oregon, as the No. 9-ranked Ducks held on for a 24-17 Pac-12 football victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon improved to 5-1 overall.

Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 11-yard run with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Ducks’ defense then held Cal on downs inside their 5-yard line as time ran out.

Brown completed 20 of 28 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran 13 times for 44 yards. Oregon’s Travis Dye gained 145 yards on 19 carries, and caught seven passes for 73 yards.

Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw for 248 yards, two touchdowns, completing 25 of 45 passes without a pick. Christopher Brooks was Cal’s top ground gainer with 69 yards on 14 carries. Kekoa Crawford caught six passes, Nikko Remigo caught four and Jeremiah Hunter had 78 receiving yards on three catches.

Cal (1-5) drove 67 yards on its final drive in regulation, moving to the Ducks 7-yard line with less than a minute to play following an Oregon pass interference penalty. After Garbers was sacked, followed by an incomplete pass, the Bears called time out
On 4th-and-8 from the Oregon 7, Garbers completed a 5-yard pass to Kekoa Crawford, putting Cal at the Ducks 3.

With Cal looking at 3rd-and-goal, Oregon called time out with 14 seconds left. After Garbers gained one yard, Cal called time out with 10 seconds to play.  Out of the time out, Garbers threw an incompletion on 4th-and-2.

Cal took a 17-10 lead at 14:29 of the fourth quarter on Garbers’ 4-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Reinwald. The Ducks responded nearly two minutes later when Brown connected with Jaylon Redd on a 20-yard scoring pass, tying the game at 17-17.

An 11-yard touchdown run by Travis Dye gave the Ducks their second lead of the night at 10-7 with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Dario Longhetto’s 45-yard field goal at 8:45 of the third quarter tied the contest at 10-10.

Oregon scored first early in the first quarter when Camden Lewis booted a 49-yard field goal. The Bears took their first lead at 5:57 of the first period on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Garbers to Jake Tonges, putting Cal up 7-3.

Next week, the Bears return home to host Colorado. Game time is 12:30 p.m.

Huskies outlast Bears in overtime 31-24 in Seattle

The Cal Bears running back Damien Moore (28) is caught up from below with a no look stop by the Washington Huskies Kyle Gordon during the first half action at University Washington in Seattle on Sat Sep 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips and Michael Duca

With the score all knotted up at 24-24 at the University of Washington in the overtime stanza the Washington Huskies (2-2) Cameron Williams and Jackson Sirmon got the Cal Bears (1-3) Damien Moore to fumble at the Huskies one yard line after a hard hit and the Huskies Ryan Bowman jumped on the loose ball for the recovery and what would save the Huskies from facing a second overtime as the Bears were just a yard away from tying up the game.

The officials called for a review to make sure that the fumble was legit and ruled that it was which was unfortunate for the Bears as time and possession would run out for Cal.

The Huskies Seth Mcgrew scored his second touchdown of the game at the beginning of the overtime to give the Huskies a seven point lead and eventual win 31-24. This was the first meeting between the two schools since 2019. Last season the game was cancelled during the Covid 19 crisis. If Cal had won it Saturday it would have been their third straight win in 100 meetings with Washington.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers in the post game interview said that Moore would like to have that fumble back as Moore was pretty down after the game about coughing up the ball, “Obviously Damien wants that one back. We all do,” said Garbers “Stuff happens in football, you get unlucky sometimes, but we’re a really close group in the locker room so we’re all there for each other.”

Garbers himself had a relatively good game under center throwing for 319 yards 30-41 for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Garbers was picked off twice by the Huskies Kyler Gordon one of the picks happened early in the fourth quarter and the Huskies couldn’t score and Garbers later was able to run a seven yard touchdown with at 2:51 which tied up the game.

The Bears return to UC Berkeley for a Sat Oct 2 meeting at Memorial Stadium with the Washington State Cougars for a 2pm PDT kickoff. The Cougars (1-3) lost in their last game Saturday to the Utah Utes (2-2) 24-13. The Utes scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Cougars defense broke down at Utah.

Stanford’s big 2nd and 3rd quarters route USC 42-28 in the Southland

The Stanford Cardinal cornerback Kyu Blue Kelly makes an acrobatic lunge into the end zone after returning a 31 yard interception off USC Trojan quarterback Kedon Slovis in the second half of Sat Sep 11, 2021’s game at USC in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford Cardinal (1-1) quarterback Tanner McKee threw for two touchdowns, went 16-23 for 234 yards in the Cardinal’s first win of the season over their Southern California opponents the USC Trojans (1-1) 42-28. The Cardinal scored 14 points in each of the second and third quarters that helped lead them to victory.

The Cardinal were coming off a opening day loss from last Sat Sep 6th to Kansas State 24-7 and wanted badly to make amends. They shocked the oddsmakers who had USC favored and who were ranked No.14. The Cardinal’s wide receiver Nathaniel Peat had 115 yards and caught a 87 yard touchdown pass from McKee and the Cardinal Kyu Blue Kelly picked off a USC quarterback Kedon Slovis pass for 31 yards for a touchdown that sparked and inspired the Cardinal in the victory.

Stanford head coach David Shaw had his team prepared this week after the Cardinal took that tough loss to Kansas State and the taste of that game was still in their mouths from opening week and the improved offense on Saturday night against the USC defense made things just a little bit satisfying for Shaw and McKee.

McKee had some good looks from the Kansas State opener after starting quarterback Jack West struggled to start that game. McKee did himself well against USC throwing for touchdowns to receivers Elijah Higgins and Brycen Tremayne in the fourth quarter that put Stanford ahead of USC by 29 points.

This was the Cardinal ninth win out of the last 14 games with the Trojans and the Cardinal defense kept the pressure on Slovis all night who went 27-42 for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception. USC running backs Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow each carried for a touchdowns but the effort was far short with McKee and the Cardinal pouring it in on offensively all night.

The loss snapped the Trojans nine game winning streak which carried over from last season, the Trojans won their opener on Sep 6th handling a very talented San Jose State team 30-7. That Trojan win looked as if it was going to set the tone for Saturday night’s game against the Cardinal but the Cardinal defense held Slovis and the Trojans offense from any developing opportunities and the Cardinal came into this game after studying film from the Trojans last game.

It was so bad for the Trojans that they even had their kicker Parker Lewis ejected from the game on the opening kick off for targeting his tackle. Despite that back up kicker Alex Stadthaus wound up kicking two field goals and two extra points flawlessly.

Next week USC will head to Pullman and face the Washington State Cougars at 12:30 pm on Sat Sep 18th and Stanford will conclude this three game road trip at Vanderbilt (2-1). The Commodores are coming off a close 24-21 win against Colorado State Saturday. Kickoff between Stanford and Vanderbilt is 5:00 pm PDT Sat Sep 18th.