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Film study: Stanford

August, 17, 2012
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Here’s the eighth post in our "film study" series.

Every other day from now until Aug. 25, we’re watching one of the games USC played last season and putting up a set of pertinent-to-this-year notes, going of course in chronological order from the Minnesota season opener to the UCLA season finale. At the end, we’ll have one last post with our overall takeaways from the re-watching. By then, it’ll be the week of this year’s opener.

We’ve already done USC’s 19-17 win over Minnesota, 23-14 win over Utah, 38-17 win over Syracuse, 44-23 loss to Arizona State, 48-41 win over Arizona, 30-9 win over Cal and 31-17 win over Notre Dame. Here, now, are our five notes -- four big things and a bunch of little ones -- from USC’s 56-48 triple-overtime loss to Stanford on Oct. 29, 2011.

Luck's attacks

The game was billed as a battle between Stanford's Andrew Luck and USC's Matt Barkley, and it largely lived up to that billing.

Stats sometimes lie, and they can almost always be manipulated to support a variety of arguments. But Luck and Barkley's numbers tell the exact story from this contest -- both were superb, and both had one key mistake, an interception. Luck was slightly more accurate than Barkley, as the numbers show, and significantly more effective running the ball, which really helped in the overtime periods.

The best single drive by either quarterback had to be Luck's rebound after his near-death pick-six to Nickell Robey late in the fourth. Not that Barkley's last-ditch effort beginning with 38 seconds to go wasn't valiant -- it was, and more on that soon -- but it wasn't effective.

But Luck led his team right down the field in just over two minutes and forced overtime. He was, however, helped significantly by T.J. McDonald's unlucky personal-foul penalty on Chris Owusu.

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Barkley's Heisman campaign begins

November, 21, 2011
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USC released an official promotional video for quarterback Matt Barkley's fledgling Heisman Trophy campaign Monday following the signal-caller's impressive performance in a weekend win over Oregon.

The minute-long video highlights a number of Barkley's touchdown passes this season, including the record-breaking sixth scoring throw to running back Amir Carlisle in the Colorado game earlier this month. It also contains commentary from broadcasters Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Pete Arbogast talking up his postseason award candidacy and NFL readiness.

Barkley's 2011 numbers -- 67.6 completion percentage, 3,105 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions -- are displayed, as is his status as a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Walter Camp postseason awards and a Pac-12 all-academic honoree.

Video of Barkley's offseason trip to Nigeria is also included, and the video concludes with comments from local media relating to his Heisman campaign and Oregon coach Chip Kelly's comments that Barkley was the best quarterback the Ducks faced this year.

The Heisman presentation in New York City is scheduled for Dec. 10. Five finalists are invited to the ceremony each season.

The full Barkley video is available here.
Brent Musburger discusses the penalty given to USC's football program on College Football Live.

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