USC trounces Stanford to open PAC-12 play

Los Angeles, CA September 9, 2017: Stanford vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360 News)

Los Angeles, Ca – What a difference a day makes USC Trojans shakes off the rust trouncing Stanford Cardinal 42-24 at the Coliseum Saturday night.

The Trojans were very impress with their running game and the defense shut down Stanford offense in the second half. The Trojans amassed 623 total yards on offense.

The one two punch of running back Ronald Jones III rushed for 116 yards, 2 touchdowns, while freshman Stephen Carr rushed for 119 yards. The 307 yards rushing looked like the days of old at USC.

“It’s Trojan football,” said coach Clay Helton when speaking on the running game after the game.

Through the air Trojans had 316 yards combined receiving yards led by Deontay Burnett 9 catches for 121 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

Is quarterback Sam Darnold really ready for Heisman spotlight? Darnold had more time in the pocket this week.

“It’s going to be a good year if we continue to push.” said Darnold

Stanford started the game answering USC first touchdown with one of their own. They were only able convert 50% of their third down plays to extend drives.

The running game rushed for 170 yards in the post Christian McCaffrey era lead by led by Bryce Love with 160 yards and a touchdown with a long of 75 yards.

“They just rushed the ball better than us today,” said coach David Shaw “I’m not use to saying that but hats off to USC today.”

Steven Mitchell was Darnold other hot target reaching the endzone for two touchdowns in the game. Darnold hit seven different targets through the air, spreading the ball around.

The Trojans will get one more week to have home cooking all week till they host visiting Texas Longhorns next Saturday.

Stanford will get in the film room before heading down to San Diego to face the Aztecs and revenge this loss.