GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Cal 41, Stanford 28

(AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vsquez)

By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Caleb Williams threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, with two of those going to Jordan Addison, leading No. 10 Southern California past Stanford 41-28.

Addison wound up with seven catches for 172 yards and Travis Dye ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, while the Trojans' opportunistic defense shined again with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries - four turnovers that led to 17 points.

Dominant USC (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) didn't have a third-down play until 52 seconds before halftime and punted for the first time with 8:02 left.

Williams completed 20 of 27 - 13 of his first 15 - throws and Dye ran for a 27-yard score in a first half that featured 685 yards of offense between the teams. Williams then hit Addison for a 48-yard gain right out of halftime that set up Denis Lynch's 45-yard field goal. Lynch later missed wide left from 39 yards before hitting from 42 yards.

Early in the second quarter, Williams connected on back-to-back passes to Mario Williams - first a 43-yard completion that set up their 15-yard scoring play.

Lake McRee caught the first TD pass of the day by Williams, a 5-yarder, as the Trojans notched their second lopsided win so far after a 66-14 thumping of Rice in the season opener. With Williams' 19-for-22 performance in that one, the sophomore star has now completed 39 of 49 passes for 590 yards in two games.

USC's defense has forced eight total turnovers this season.

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw an interception on his third play from scrimmage for Stanford (1-1, 0-1) that Max Williams tipped and caught before returning it 32 yards. Then McKee threw another pick Cain the end zone by Mekhi Blackmon on 4th-and-2 with a chance to tie the game.

The Cardinal capitalized on their next chance when McKee connected on a 3-yard TD pass to E.J. Smith to cap a seven-play, 93-yard drive that got Stanford within 14-7.

But just like that, the Trojans answered immediately. Williams connected with Addison on a 75-yard catch and run.

Smith also ran for a 5-yard score and McKee had a 2-yard TD rush while finishing the day 20 of 25 for 220 yards passing.

USC running back Austin Jones carried eight times for 38 yards facing his former Stanford team after transferring during the offseason. He ran for 1,155 yards and 12 TDs in three seasons with the Cardinal.

THE TAKEAWAY

The Trojans, who had won just one of their previous five meetings at Stanford dating to 2010, improved to 71-24-5 in conference openers and have won 33 of their last 52. Also, USC has won 24 of its last 37 road conference openers with a 29-14-2 record overall outside of Los Angeles.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USCStan
USC TD 12:38 Lake McRee 5 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 7 0
USC TD 4:03 Jordan Addison 22 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 14 0
Stan TD 0:57 E.J. Smith 3 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 14 7
USC TD 0:46 Jordan Addison 75 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 21 7
Second Quarter USCStan
USC TD 9:02 Mario Williams 15 yard TD pass from Caleb Williams (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 28 7
Stan TD 6:13 E.J. Smith 5 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 28 14
USC TD 2:33 Travis Dye 27 yard TD run (Denis Lynch Extra Point) 35 14
Third Quarter USCStan
USC FG 13:49 Denis Lynch 45 yard field goal 38 14
USC FG 0:55 Denis Lynch 42 yard field goal 41 14
Fourth Quarter USCStan
Stan TD 10:21 Casey Filkins 2 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 41 21
Stan TD 5:03 Tanner McKee 2 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 41 28
Team Stats
  USC Stanford
First downs 24 34
  Rushing 8 14
  Passing 14 14
  Penalty 2 6
3rd Down Efficiency 2-8, 25% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 3-5, 60%
Rushes-Yards 36-164 45-221
Passing Yards 341 220
Return Yards 49 90
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-27-0 20-35-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-28 5-35
Punts 2 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 9-104 5-42
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Williams 20 27 341 4 0
Stanford Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McKee 20 35 220 1 2
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Dye 14 105 7.5 1
A. Jones 8 38 4.8 0
R. Brown 4 19 4.8 0
C. Williams 9 4 0.4 0
Stanford Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Smith 19 88 4.6 1
C. Filkins 16 77 4.8 1
B. Yurosek 1 50 50.0 0
E. Higgins 1 18 18.0 0
T. McKee 8 -12 -1.5 1
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Addison 7 172 24.6 2
M. Williams 4 74 18.5 1
A. Jones 3 31 10.3 0
B. Rice 1 20 20.0 0
T. Dye 1 19 19.0 0
L. McRee 2 13 6.5 1
G. Bryant Jr. 1 8 8.0 0
M. Epps 1 4 4.0 0
Stanford Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Higgins 3 50 16.7 0
B. Yurosek 5 45 9.0 0
M. Wilson 2 30 15.0 0
C. Filkins 3 28 9.3 0
E. Smith 3 26 8.7 1
B. Tremayne 1 18 18.0 0
J. Humphreys 2 17 8.5 0
S. Starr 1 6 6.0 0
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Williams 1 32
M. Blackmon 1 17
Stanford Interceptions
Player Int Yards
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Sleep-Dalton 2 64 32.0
Stanford Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Sanborn 2 94 47.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Addison 1 0 0
Stanford Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bryant Jr. 1 0 0
Stanford Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Filkins 3 66 22.0
B. Farrell 1 24 24.0
USC Missed FG
Player Length
D. Lynch 39
Stanford Missed FG
Player Length




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