USC/Stanford Game Notes

Chauncey Washington

For the first time in six years USC fans left the Coliseum in a bad mood. The ride home wasn't quite the same for the 85,125 fans that witnessed Stanford's stunning win over USC, 24-23.

With the win, Stanford ended the Trojans 35-game home winning streak. The last time USC lost at home was Pete Carroll's first year at USC. A deflated Pete Carroll commented on losing the home winning streak...

"It stinks to give it up, especially playing the way we did tonight. It's just a crusher," said Carroll.

Pete Carroll on the Loss

After last nights shocking loss a deflated Pete Carroll praised Stanford's first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh. "Stanford deserves all the credit. Jim (Harbaugh) did it right and in a classy fashion," said Carroll. Coach Carroll isn't familiar with the feeling off walking off the Coliseum field with a defeat. "Things feel different, look different even looking up at the herd as I walked up the tunnel just looked different. I've been around the block and I've had my wins and losses, but I just don't accept losing. I don't know where to put it. I have no place for it," said Carroll.

Booty Injury

USC quarterback John David Booty cracked the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand in the second quarter of last night's loss to Stanford. "He didn't tell you, but he cracked his middle finger on his throwing hand. He cracked it in the first half. He fought through it and was doing alright. We could have made a change, but we went with our guy," said Pete Carroll.

No word on if the injury would force Booty to miss next weeks game against Arizona.

Grounded

Throughout the 2007 season the USC passing game has had its ups and downs but the Trojans could always depend on their power running game. Last night the Stanford defense, which came into the game ranked last in the Pac-10 in rushing defense was able to limit USC to just 95 yards on the ground.

Harbaugh gets Biggest Win of young Career

First year Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh will have an easier time getting players and recruits to buy into his philosophy after last nights stunning victory over USC. The outspoken and sometimes controversial coach had his team confident and focused in last nights win at the Coliseum. "Really, from pregame on, we went out to warm up, and some teams get overhyped, but I knew we were locked in. We had a pretty even demeanor the entire game, until the end when we took a knee," said Harbaugh.

Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers

For the second straight game the Trojans were plagued by turnovers and mental mistakes. Last week against the Huskies USC had three turnovers and 16 penalties but were able to escape Washington with a victory. Last night the Trojans weren't as fortunate and their undisciplined play finally caught up with them. The Trojans had 5 turnovers, including 4 interceptions by John David Booty and committed 8 penalties. The warning signs have been below the surface all year and were finally exposed last night by the Stanford Cardinal.

Big Debut for Stanford's Tavita Pritchard

First time starter Tavita Pritchard will probably never have another win as sweet as tonight's victory over the USC Trojans. The young quarterback didn't have particularly good numbers completing just 11 of 30 pass attempts for 149 and a touchdown but Pritchard will go down in Stanford lore as the quarterback who went into the Coliseum and shocked the world in his very first start. "It hasn't set in yet. I tried to call my dad but couldn't get through yet. This is for him. I'm beside myself. I don't know what to do," said Pritchard.

Blocked PAT haunts USC

Early in the second quarter when David Buehler's extra point attempt was blocked most fans didn't give it a second thought. USC was up 9-0 and seemed to be on its way to another big victory at the Coliseum, but as the game wore on and Stanford was driving late in the fourth quarter, that blocked extra point was on the mind of every Trojan fan in the stadium. And when Mark Bradford hauled in the 10-yard TD pass from Tavita Pritchard in the corner of the end zone the blocked extra point became one of the most significant plays of the game.

Passing Game Continues to Frustrate

The USC passing game has been very inconsistent so far in 2007. Besides the win over Washington St., John David Booty and the Trojan receivers have struggled all year to get comfortable and find a consistent rhythm. Last night John David Booty threw another four interceptions and the receivers struggled to catch the ball. The offense has lacked a real deep threat and as a result opposing defenses have keyed on the Trojans short passing game.

The Trojans passing game at this point has a lot of work to do and needs to find some consistency to complement the power running game if the Trojans plan on making it to a BCS bowl game.

Ronald Johnson TD

Freshman wide receiver Ronald Johnson scored his first touchdown in his career. Johnson scored on a 47-yard reception from John David Booty early in the 4 th quarter. The score gave the Trojans a 23-14 lead.

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