- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
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Stat of the half: Turnovers -- 3 for USC, 2 for Stanford. USC had a lost fumble by Silas Redd and a pair of interceptions from Matt Barkley, but the Trojans countered with interceptions of Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes by Dion Bailey and Jawanza Starling. Those are uncharacteristic numbers for these two teams.
Player of the half: T.J. McDonald. The Trojans senior safety has been physical and active in helping to limit the Stanford run game. The Cardinal have 103 rushing yards on 13 carries, but 59 of those yards came on one run by Stepfan Taylor.
What’s working for our team: Explosive plays. The two USC touchdowns came as a result of short passes that went for long gains thanks to yards-after-catch by Nelson Agholor (48) and Robert Woods (24). The play by Woods came on a 4th-and-19 play where he was able to get outside for the first down.
What’s not working: Run game. The Trojans have 17 carries for 35 yards, but 26 of those yards came on one carry late by Curtis McNeal. Part of the reason for the lack of numbers is the fact that both McNeal and Redd went to the sidelines during the game with injuries, although McNeal later returned to action. The Trojans are also without Khaled Holmes in the middle of the offensive line.