PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans tries to get a pass away after being hit during their final quarter of their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

USC Vs. Stanford: Trojans Overpowered By Cardinal In 21-14 Loss

USC has lost four straight games to Stanford, for the first time in school history.

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USC Vs. Stanford Final Score: Trojans Dominated In 21-14 Loss To Cardinal

Matt Barkley and the No. 2 USC Trojans were shutdown on Saturday night, especially in the second half, as the No. 21 Stanford Cardinal pulled off a 21-14 upset in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.

Barkley and the Trojans were held to just 92 total yards and no points in the second half, and dropped their fourth consecutive game to Stanford for the first time in school history.

Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining for the winning score.

Barkley felt pressure all night, as the Trojans felt the loss of center Khaled Holmes. Backup freshman center Cyrus Hobbi was targeted by the Stanford defensive line, and Barkley was sacked five times. Barkley was sacked just eight times in all of 2011, in 12 games.

Barkley completed just 20 of 41 passes on the night for 253 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Trojans had trouble running the ball all night, with 29 yards on 27 carries. Silas Redd, who fumbled once and also left the game briefly with an apparently arm injury, scored two touchdowns but had just 19 yards on 13 carries.

But running the ball wasn't much of a problem for Stepfan Taylor of Stanford, who ran for 156 yards on 28 carries. He scored two touchdowns, including a 59-yard run in the first quarter and a 23-yard screen pass in the final seconds of the third quarter. Taylor caught five passes for 60 yards on the night.

Josh Nunes completed 15 of 32 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Stanford. He ran for 35 yards on three carries, including a 13-yard run on 3rd-and-10 with 11:35 left in the game, two plays before passing to Ertz for the go-ahead score. Nunes juked his way to the first down:


Marqise Lee caught seven passes for 93 yards for the Trojans, and Robert Woods caught five balls for 45 yards.

USC (2-1, 0-1) returns home to host Cal (1-2) next Saturday at 3 p.m. PDT.

For more news and notes on USC football, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.


Silas Redd Injury: USC Tailback Leaves Game With Apparent Arm Injury

The No. 2 USC Trojans are trying to snap a three-game losing streak to the No. 21 Stanford Cardinal, but might have to do so without their top two tailbacks. Silas Redd left the game midway through the second quarter with an apparent left arm injury.

Redd was helped off the field with 7:32 remaining after fumbling. Earlier in the quarter, USC also lost tailback Curtis McNeal to an apparent side injury, as he headed to the locker room.

Redd ran for 17 yards on 11 carries against the Cardinal, but scored two touchdowns for USC. On the season Redd has run for 180 yards on 35 carries, an average of 5.1 per rush, with three touchdowns. The fumble, which was recovered by Stanford, was his second giveaway of the season.

The rest of the non-quarterbacks on USC's roster have combined for 130 rushing yards this season, and that includes a 76-yard reverse by wide receiver Robert Woods.

For more news and notes on USC football, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.


Curtis McNeal Injury: USC Tailback Leaves Game

USC Trojans running back Curtis McNeal left the game against the No. 21 Stanford Cardinal with an apparent injury to his side in the second quarter. McNeal walked to the locker room under his own power but was seen wincing and holding his right side while walking to the locker room.

McNeal, who has been listed each week as the co-starter at tailback along with Silas Redd, had one yard on two carries before the injury. But, he was able to return and carry the ball twice, including a 26-yard run for the final play of the first half, giving him 33 yards in the opening two quarters.

McNeal in 2011 became the 27th USC tailback ever to run for 1,000 yards in a season. His 6.9 yards-per-rush average was the highest by a Trojans running back since Reggie Bush in 2005, and he had four games of over 100 yards.

For more news and notes on USC football, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.


USC Football: Depth Chart Vs. Stanford

The depth chart for this Saturday's USC-Stanford Pac-12 football game is out, and the Trojans have yet to announce who will start at tailback, tight end and strong safety. But the most-watched positions, quarterback and wide receiver, are set with the familar names fans expect to see.

Here's the projected starting lineup for No. 2 USC as of Monday, for the 4:30 p.m. start against No. 21 Stanford on Saturday in Palo Alto:


WR Robert Woods

LT Aundrey Walker

LG Marcus Martin

C Khaled Holmes

RG John Martinez

RT Kevin Graf

TE Xavier Grimble or Randall Telfer

WR Marqise Lee

QB Matt Barkley

FB: Soma Vainuku

TB Curtis McNeal or Silas Redd


DE Wes Horton

NT Antwaun Woods

DT George Uko

DE J.R. Tavai

OLB Dion Bailey

MLB Lamar Dawson

OLB Hayes Pullard

CB Nickell Robey

FS T.J. McDonals

SS Jawanza Starling or Demetrius Wright

CB Anthony Brown

For more information on Trojans football and everything USC, head on over to Conquest Chronicles or pay a visit to the Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.


USC Vs. Stanford Depth Chart: Khaled Holmes Listed As Starter At Center

Khaled Holmes is still listed as the starting center just two days after suffering what could be a potential serious ankle injury.

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