GAMEDAY College Football

Stanford 42, Southern Cal 28

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Tanner McKee passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another score in his first collegiate start, and Stanford rebounded from a season-opening loss with a 42-28 upset victory over No. 14 Southern California.

Nathaniel Peat had an 87-yard touchdown run while racking up a career-high 115 yards, and Kyu Blu Kelly returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in a surprising rout for the Cardinal (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12). Led by McKee, Stanford's offense came back superbly after failing to score until the final minutes of a rough 24-7 loss to Kansas State last week.

McKee went 16 of 23 for 234 yards while seizing his chance to start after outplaying Jack West in the opener. McKee hit Elijah Higgins and Brycen Tremayne for TDs as Stanford rolled to a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter of its ninth victory over USC in the California rivals' last 14 meetings.

Kedon Slovis passed for 223 yards, and Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow rushed for TDs as the Trojans' (1-1, 0-1) nine-game regular season winning streak ended with a thud.

USC coach Clay Helton's perpetually hot seat has become a sizzling fajita plate again just two games into his seventh season in charge of a former college football powerhouse with just one conference title since 2008.

Stanford's defense limited star Trojans receiver Drake London to four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown with 5:54 to play.

The 101st meeting between the Pac-12's two California private schools resumed a rivalry that was interrupted last season for the first time since 1945 by the coronavirus pandemic.

USC even began the game ominously when kicker Parker Lewis was ejected for targeting on his tackle on the opening kickoff. Alex Stadthaus was perfect on two field goals and two extra points in Lewis' place.

Peat put the Cardinal ahead early with his long sprint down the Cardinal sideline for the fifth-longest TD run in Stanford history. The speedy big-play tailback and kick returner nearly topped his previous career-high of 93 yards rushing on that play alone.

USC evened it early in the second quarter with a 15-play, 95-yard drive capped by Ingram's 2-yard TD surge, but McKee put the Cardinal back ahead with a 3-yard TD pass to Higgins on fourth down only after Stanford decided to go for it after USC lined up in the neutral zone on a successful field goal.

Stanford went up 21-10 right before halftime on Tremayne's TD reception, set up by a 49-yard catch by Austin Jones. The Cardinal got 174 of their 248 yards in the first half on only three plays, and USC got light boos from its home crowd heading to the locker room, followed by heavy boos for Helton during his scoreboard interview before the second-half kickoff.

Kelly picked off Slovis' pass when it deflected off London's hands, and the cornerback eluded Slovis near the goal line to score his first career touchdown. The rout was on when McKee scored on a 1-yard keeper late in the third quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter StanUSC
Stan TD 9:04 Nathaniel Peat 87 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter StanUSC
USC TD 13:28 Keaontay Ingram 2 yard TD run (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 7 7
Stan TD 8:34 Elijah Higgins 3 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 14 7
USC FG 1:56 Alex Stadthaus 24 yard field goal 14 10
Stan TD 0:09 Brycen Tremayne 6 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 21 10
Third Quarter StanUSC
USC FG 9:14 Alex Stadthaus 33 yard field goal 21 13
Stan TD 5:02 Kyu Blu Kelly 30 yard interception return for TD (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 28 13
Stan TD 0:25 Tanner McKee 1 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 35 13
Fourth Quarter StanUSC
Stan TD 9:16 Isaiah Sanders 2 yard TD run (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 42 13
USC TD 5:54 Drake London 11 yard TD pass from Kedon Slovis (Alex Stadthaus Extra Point) 42 20
USC TD 0:46 Darwin Barlow 4 yard TD run (Gary Bryant Jr. 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 42 28
Team Stats
  Stanford USC
First downs 17 24
  Rushing 4 13
  Passing 8 11
  Penalty 5 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-10, 50% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 30-141 33-186
Passing Yards 234 230
Return Yards 89 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-23-0 27-42-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 3 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-27 9-110
Stanford Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McKee 16 23 234 2 0
USC Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Slovis 27 42 230 1 1
Stanford Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Peat 6 115 19.2 1
A. Jones 10 13 1.3 0
T. McKee 4 7 1.8 1
I. Sanders 2 5 2.5 1
C. Filkins 5 3 0.6 0
E. Smith 1 2 2.0 0
USC Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Malepeai 15 95 6.3 0
K. Ingram 10 44 4.4 1
K. Slovis 5 25 5.0 0
D. Barlow 3 22 7.3 1
Stanford Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Higgins 5 67 13.4 1
B. Tremayne 3 49 16.3 1
A. Jones 1 49 49.0 0
J. Humphreys 3 40 13.3 0
E. Smith 2 14 7.0 0
B. Yurosek 1 10 10.0 0
M. Leigber 1 5 5.0 0
USC Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. London 4 68 17.0 1
T. Washington 6 47 7.8 0
K. Ford 3 35 11.7 0
K. Ingram 3 22 7.3 0
J. Manjack IV 2 14 7.0 0
G. Bryant Jr. 4 11 2.8 0
J. Wolfe 1 9 9.0 0
V. Malepeai 1 8 8.0 0
M. Trigg 1 7 7.0 0
K. Nixon 1 5 5.0 0
M. Epps 1 4 4.0 0
Stanford Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Kelly 1 30
USC Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Stanford Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Sanborn 3 140 46.7
USC Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Griffiths 4 187 46.8
Stanford Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Filkins 1 1 1.0
USC Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bryant Jr. 1 21 21.0
Stanford Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Peat 2 58 29.0
USC Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bryant Jr. 1 17 17.0
Stanford Missed FG
Player Length
J. Karty 49
USC Missed FG
Player Length




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