No. 13 Stanford falls to No. 14 USC, 13-10

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford has prided itself on gripping mistakes to a smallest while winning a past dual Pac-12 championships and apropos a startling college football powerhouse.

In a initial large exam this season, all a Cardinal count on evaporated.

Two turnovers, dual missed fields and 8 penalties highlighted No. 13 Stanford’s 13-10 detriment to No. 14 Southern California on Saturday in a discussion opener for both teams.

“You got to make margin goals. You got to take advantage of margin position. We usually did not,” Cardinal manager David Shaw said.

Andre Heidari kicked a career-long 53-yard margin idea with 2:30 remaining and J.R. Tavai forced a fail in a final notation to finish a Cardinal’s quip bid.

A diversion that featured an unsportsmanlike control chastisement on USC manager Steve Sarkisian for station too tighten to a field, linebacker Hayes Pullard removing ejected for targeting and jaunty executive Pat Haden yelling during officials in a uncanny and furious sideline stage finished with a Trojans creation all a large plays on a margin in a shutting moments.

With Stanford melancholy to tie or take a lead, Tavai came from Kevin Hogan’s blindside to jar a round loose. Scott Felix recovered during a Trojans’ 26-yard-line with 19 seconds to play, sealing Sarkisian’s initial vital feat during USC (2-0, 1-0) and traffic a vital blow to a Cardinal’s chances of a discussion three-peat.

“Not happy about it,” Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley said. “Proud and happy a approach a invulnerability played, though it’s no warn for us. The guys in a locker room, we know who we have. We know what we have is all we need.”

Javorius Allen ran for a career-high 154 yards, Nelson Agholor had a career-high 9 receptions for 91 yards and Justin Davis ran for a brief touchdown to assistance USC emanate usually adequate offense to win during Stanford Stadium for a initial time given 2008.

The Trojans had gained 701 yards while using a conference-record 105 plays in a 52-13 win over Fresno State final week. But Stanford (1-1, 0-1) slowed down Cody Kessler and USC’s up-tempo offense many of a afternoon, holding a Trojans to 59 plays.

Stanford outgained USC 413 to 291 yards though couldn’t overcome a possess mistakes. Jordan Williamson missed margin goals of 49 and 26 yards and finished one from 33 for a Cardinal, whose 17-game home winning strain — that was a longest active strain in a nation — came to an end.

“I hatred losing. Period,” reserve Jordan Richards said.

Sarkisian sent his offense on a margin for a fourth-and-5 from a 35-yard line before job a timeout to go for a margin idea during a finish of USC’s final drive. Heidari afterwards finished a flog from 53 yards, incited around and gestured during a Trojans true in a distant dilemma of a throng to roar.

Heidari had kicked a 47-yard margin idea with 19 seconds to play in USC’s 20-17 win over a Cardinal final year in Los Angeles.

“I devoted myself, we devoted a ball, a holder, a snapper. I’m blissful we had a event to do what we did final year,” he said.

Stanford still had one final possibility to equivocate another unpleasant memory.

Hogan finished 22 of 30 passes for 285 yards and put a Cardinal in position to come behind before Tavai sprinted from his blindside and forced a fail to top an romantic day on a USC sideline.

Pullard was ejected after his strike nearby a conduct of Stanford’s Ty Montgomery during a finish of a punt lapse in a third quarter, and Haden was held by radio cameras encountering with officials on a sideline before a fourth quarter.

Haden, who is slated to offer on a new College Football Playoff preference cabinet a subsequent dual years, pronounced somebody from correspondence sent him a content summary to come down and ease a conditions during Sarkisian’s request. He pronounced a occurrence wasn’t a large deal.

All a theatrics aside, it was a plays on a margin that led a Trojans to victory.

USC pressed Stanford fullback Daniel Marx on fourth-and-1 from a 3-yard line, and Heidari finished off USC’s subsequent expostulate with a restraining 35-yard margin idea late in a third quarter.

Hogan had a 28-yard TD pass to Austin Hooper wiped divided by a 15-yard chastisement on Remound Wright for an bootleg retard in a behind in a fourth quarter. The Cardinal punted from USC’s 32 instead of perplexing a prolonged margin goal.

Fullback Patrick Skov, hermit of former standout center linebacker Shayne Skov, bulldozed by a line from 2 yards out for a initial touchdown of his career — and a usually one Stanford scored — in a second quarter.

“The assign is to a guys, a coaches and players, to be better,” Shaw said. “Not to throw what we’ve done, not during all, though to be improved than we were today. We have a lot of good football teams entrance down a highway that we got to try to find a approach to beat.”

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