NCAAF Game Recap - Stanford at USC
Sat Sep 7, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

USC 45, Stanford 20

Sep 7, 2019, 10:30 PM EDT

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2

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4

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(23) Stanford (1-1)

7

13

0

0

20

USC (2-0)

3

21

7

14

45

Slovis propels USC past No. 23 Stanford 45-20 in debut start
Sun Sep 8, 2019 3:11 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Not many freshmen get to climb the stepladder, hold up the sword and lead the Southern California band in a postgame victory party at the Coliseum.

No Trojans freshman quarterback has ever had a debut start like Kedon Slovis, who turned a tough matchup against Stanford into a celebration of his burgeoning talent.

Slovis passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a commanding performance, and USC rolled to a 45-20 victory over the No. 23 Cardinal on Saturday night.

Slovis went 28 of 33 and set the school record for yards passing in a freshman's first start as the Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) rallied from an early 14-point deficit to beat the Cardinal (1-1, 1-1) for the third time in the California private schools' last four meetings.

"I don't think it shows how good I am," said Slovis, the unheralded 18-year-old recruit from Arizona. "But it shows how good the team is around me."

Amon-Ra St. Brown had eight catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyler Vaughns added another TD grab in the fourth quarter for USC. Vavae Malepeai rushed for two touchdowns and Stephen Carr added a 25-yard TD run in a 492-yard performance by coordinator Graham Harrell's Air Raid offense.

Slovis, whose high school position coach was Kurt Warner, won his duel with fellow first-time starter Davis Mills, who went 22 of 36 for 237 yards for Stanford. The USC student section chanted Slovis' name during the victory, and his teammates praised it afterward.

"I'm not surprised at all," center Brett Neilon said. "I've watched the kid, and he's a special talent. Everyone in the locker room believed in him. He's really poised, and he rallied us all together."

Cameron Scarlett rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinal were outscored 42-3 in the final 43 minutes.

Despite being forced by injury to switch starting quarterbacks already, the Trojans are off to a dynamic start under embattled coach Clay Helton coming out of the school's first losing season since 2000.

"Give a lot of credit to USC," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "I thought we had them on the ropes in the first half. They showed great resilience, came back and made some plays and got back in the game. And I'll say this: Clay Helton has heard a lot of (stuff) from a lot of people for a lot of things. I think he's one heck of a football coach. I think he's got a really good football team. I thought they were extremely prepared."

Both quarterbacks got into the spotlight because of injuries to the schools' chosen starters last week. USC's J.T. Daniels is out for the season after injuring his knee while being tackled on a blitz, while Stanford's K.J. Costello was ruled out for only this week after a head hit.

Both passers got off to strong starts at the Coliseum, but only Slovis sustained it.

Mills completed his first four passes while the Cardinal opened with two long touchdown drives, capping the opener with his first career TD pass to Connor Wedington. Stanford jumped to a 17-3 lead with a field goal after USC's Velus Jones fumbled a kickoff return, but the Trojans soon got rolling.

Slovis largely handed off last week after he replaced Daniels, but Harrell said he wouldn't simplify his game plan with Slovis as his starter. Harrell proved it immediately against Stanford, and Slovis met the challenge.

"We understood his talent, and we understood the type of players our quarterbacks are," Helton said. "I said, `Graham, let's cut it loose, and let's go have fun. Let's play fast and play aggressive. Even though he's young, we named him the No. 2 for a reason.' That's not hard for Graham, because he's always looking to cut it loose."

Slovis got his first TD pass early in the second quarter, hitting St. Brown for a 39-yard score. After Carr made a 25-yard TD run, Slovis capped a quick 70-yard drive with a second TD pass to St. Brown 31 seconds before halftime, putting USC ahead for the first time.

"You never, ever want to look back and just realize it was just completely on your execution, that it was really in your control, but it was," Stanford linebacker Casey Toohill said. "We didn't have a good game."

Slovis completed 12 consecutive passes in the second and third quarters, while Mills missed a handful of open receivers at important moments.

"I think this guy is going to be really, really good," Shaw said of Mills. "But (he) missed some opportunities, and some opportunities we didn't give him."

The Trojans went up 31-20 when Malepeai punched it in after Slovis hit Michael Pittman Jr. with a pinpoint 30-yard pass. After USC's Greg Johnson grabbed the game's first interception, Slovis marched the Trojans on another resilient TD drive capped by Malepeai again.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: Mills should give way to Costello next week, but the Cardinal should be much more worried about a defense that struggled mightily with USC's Air Raid offense. Stanford's defense held USC to three points last year, but spent the entire rematch struggling to slow down any part of Harrell's scheme.

USC: Slovis answered every question about the faith invested in him by Helton and Harrell when they named him their backup quarterback. Slovis will face stiff defensive challenges weekly, but the Trojans move forward knowing they've got a budding star behind center.

UP NEXT

Stanford: At UCF on Saturday.

USC: At BYU on Saturday.

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Passing

Stan Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Mills 36 22 61.1 1 237 25 1 78.1
USC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Slovis 33 28 84.8 3 377 45 0 144.6

Rushing

Stan Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Scarlett 17 82 4.8 44 1
C. Wedington 1 17 17.0 17 0
USC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
V. Malepeai 12 42 3.5 11 2
M. Stepp 3 33 11.0 20 0

Receiving

Stan Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Parkinson 7 89 12.7 21 0
C. Wedington 5 67 13.4 25 1
USC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Vaughns 5 106 21.2 31 1
A. St. Brown 8 97 12.1 39 2

Fumbles

Returning

Stan KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Wilson 2 17.5 0 19 1 15.0 0 15
C. Wedington 3 34.3 0 60 0 - 0 0
USC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
V. Jones Jr. 4 19.8 0 25 0 - 0 0
T. Vaughns 0 - 0 0 1 14.0 0 14

Punting

Stan Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Sanborn 1 46 46.0 46
USC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Griffiths 2 84 42.0 51

Takeaways

USC Int Yds InTD
G. Johnson 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Stan USC
Points For 20 45
Total Yards 335 492
Rushing Yards 98 115
Passing Yards 237 377
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/36 28/33
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 23 23
Penalties - Yards 7/60 8/93
Time Of Possession 29:29 31:31
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/11 5/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 1/46 2/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Stan USC
USC 4:57 FG Chase McGrath 23 yd FG 0 3
Stan 9:21 TD Connor Wedington 15 yd pass from Davis Mills (Jet Toner kick) 7 3
2nd Quarter Stan USC
Stan 0:04 TD Cameron Scarlett 3 yd run (Jet Toner kick) 14 3
Stan 1:13 FG Jet Toner 32 yd FG 17 3
USC 3:31 TD Amon-Ra St. Brown 39 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 17 10
Stan 7:00 FG Jet Toner 37 yd FG 20 10
USC 10:06 TD Stephen Carr 25 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 20 17
USC 14:29 TD Amon-Ra St. Brown 7 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 20 24
3rd Quarter Stan USC
USC 14:16 TD Vavae Malepeai 4 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 20 31
4th Quarter Stan USC
USC 4:41 TD Vavae Malepeai 6 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 20 38
USC 8:59 TD Tyler Vaughns 16 yd pass from Kedon Slovis (Chase McGrath kick) 20 45

Game Information

Stadium: United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 62,109
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