In what has been the most magnificent turnarounds in quite some time, the USC Trojans pushed their record to 8-3 on Saturday night when they upset the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal at the Coliseum, 20-17.
USC kicker Andre Heidari nailed through a 47 yard field goal with 19 seconds on the clock to seal the deal for the Trojans, as well as the future of Ed Orgeron as the team’s permanent head coach–maybe. With this win, the team now moves to 5-1 since Orgeron took over the team following the firing of Lane Kiffin.
The passing game had it all locked up for the Trojans tonight. QB Cody Kessler finished the game 25-of-37 for 288 yards and a touchdown. He had a lot of help from the excellent receiving tandem of Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor in this one, too. Lee finished with six catches for 83 yards, and Agholor broke the century mark, grabbing eight balls for 104 yards.
With the loss, Stanford now drops out of first place in the Pac-12 North and Oregon–the team they upset last week to cause BCS chaos–takes that top slot back over.