And The Team That Upsets USC Is… Stanford?! October 7, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
Well, I knew USC was going to be upset, but I definitely didn’t think that it was going to be Stanford of all teams to pull it off. Some how, some way, the Stanford Cardinals shocked the USC Trojans, Trojan fans, and the entire nation as they defeated the No. 2 ranked team in the nation 24-23 in Los Angeles.
In addition to a poor showing against Arizona State the previous week, the Cardinals were coming into the game as a 41 point underdog, and without their starting quarterback T.C. Ostrander due to a seizure.
Quarterback Tavita Pritchard took on the challenge and stepped up his play. Pritchard had only completed one pass the entire season. But, faced with 4th and goal, Pritchard threw the game winning touchdown to Mark Bradford with just 41 seconds remaining in the game.
While Pritchard may have won the game for the Cardinals in the end, most of the credit has to go to the Cardinal’s defense. The Cardinals held the Trojans to just 95 yards rushing. Coming into the game, the Trojans were ranked No. 10 in the nation, averaging 237 rushing yards per game. The Cardinals also intercepted 4 passes from USC quarterback John David Booty and sacked him 4 times.
Surprisingly, the last team to beat the Trojans at home was the Cardinals in 2001. With this lost, the Trojans had their 5 game winning streak against Stanford snapped, their 35 home game winning streak snapped, and their 24 game Pac-10 home win streak snapped.
So there you have it, I never expected this to happen, but it did. The Cardinals defeated USC with a second string quarterback, and held the Trojan’s potent rushing game under 100 rushing yards. I know that anything can happen in college football, but given the circumstances, and of all the teams to upset USC… Stanford?!