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Little Trojans come up big

Curtis McNeal, Nickell Robey big factors in USC's near-upset of Stanford

Updated: October 30, 2011, 3:32 AM ET
By Erik McKinney | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES -- In USC's most anticipated game of the season to date, its two smallest players stepped up in a big way.

Curtis McNeal and Nickell Robey are listed at 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, respectively. On Saturday night against the Stanford Cardinal, they were giants.

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireCurtis McNeal did have the costly fumble at the end, but his 145 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries were huge for USC.
The most memorable play from Stanford's 56-48 victory over USC likely will be McNeal's fumble into the end zone that ended the game in the third overtime. But without his earlier efforts, the Trojans wouldn't even be dreaming about forcing a fourth extra period.

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