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Final: Stanford 55, USC 21

11/14/2009
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Gerhart, Stanford Stun No. 9 USC, 55-21

Toby Gerhart rushed for 178 yards and 3 TDs in upset win

LOS ANGELES -- The news coming into the game was the legitimacy of Stanford's hopes of winning.

Don't recall seeing anyone predicting a blowout.

At least one delivered by Stanford.

Say it now: USC will not win or share the Pac-10 title in 2009. That hasn't been said since 2001.

The Trojans run is over.

Also, this is:

  • The first Nov. loss under Pete Carroll (had been 28-0)

  • The first homecoming loss under Pete Carroll (had been 8-0)

  • The worst loss of the Pete Carroll Era -- two weeks after Oregon set the mark with a 47-20 win.

It also ends a 12-game home winning streak. USC has won 47 of 49 at home. But both losses came to Stanford.

As for the Cardinal, they conclude their Pac-10 schedule next week at home in the Big Game with California.

The Cardinal (7-3, 6-2) will be watching everyone else the final two weekends of the season. Why?

To find out if they're going to the Rose Bowl.