USC Vs. Stanford: A Triple Overtime Loss, By The Numbers

The USC Trojans nearly pulled off an upset on Saturday night, but ultimately succumbed to the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal 56-48 in a thrilling three-overtime game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With three overtimes and a score that large, there are bound to be some notable numbers from the game. Here is a look at the trivial side of Saturday's college football contest:

  • The 56 points scored by Stanford on Saturday is the most they have ever scored against USC, beating the infamous "What's your deal?" game featuring Jim Harbaugh vs. Pete Carroll in 2009, by a single point.
  • The Trojans have lost three straight games to the Cardinal at the Coliseum, and have lost three straight and four of their last five overall to Stanford.
  • This was the 10th time USC and Stanford faced each other with both teams ranked in the AP top 25. The Trojans are 4-6 in those games.
  • USC's leads in the third and fourth quarters and overtime are the only times Stanford has trailed this season.
  • Curtis McNeal ran for two touchdowns, the first USC running back to do so in a game this season. McNeal's 145 yards is the second-highest rushing total by a Trojans' running back this season; had McNeal ran the ball into the endzone on the final play instead of fumbling, he would have tied Marc Tyler's 149 yards against Arizona St. on September 24.
  • Matt Barkley after halftime completed 14 of 20 passes for 161 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
  • Marqise Lee (seven catches, 94 yards) and Robert Woods (nine catches, 90 yards) both had over 75 yards receiving in the same game for the second time this season. They also combined for 22 catches and 399 yards against Arizona on October 1. Tonight was the third game in which both Woods and Lee caught touchdowns this season.
  • With his nine catches on Saturday, Woods now has 81 catches for 992 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games this season. He is tied with Mike Williams (2002) for fifth-most receptions by a Trojan in a single season.
  • The personal foul by T.J. McDonald on Stanford's tying drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter was a killer for USC, but overall the Trojans were a disciplined bunch with just three penalties for 35 yards. In their last four games, USC has only been penalized 13 times for a total of 126 yards.
  • The 39 passing attempts were a season high for Andrew Luck, who completed 28 of those passes for 302 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.
  • The 213 rushing yards by the Cardinal was the most allowed by the Trojans this year, surpassing the 169 yards on the ground gained by Arizona St. on September 24.
  • Luck's pass to the back of the end zone into the hands of tight end Coby Fleener in the third overtime was the first two-point conversion attempt by Stanford this season.
  • With 93,607 people in the stands at the Coliseum, USC had their largest home crowd since September 1, 2008 against Ohio St. Buckeyes.
  • Zero is the number of Pac-12 conference wins by the Colorado Buffaloes, who are 1-8 on the season. The Trojans travel to Boulder Friday night to battle Colorado, their next opponent.

For more on USC Football, check out Conquest Chronicles.

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